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A90 + P85

Discussion in 'Arcam Owners' Forum' started by Sweden, Apr 24, 2005.

  1. Sweden

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    Hi all,
    Can i have a P85 w my A90 ?
     
  2. Crustyloafer

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    Absolutely, all Arcam amps are gain matched so they will all work together.
     
  3. Mofar

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    @Crustyloafer: all Arcam amps are gain matched, so I can combine my AVR300 with one of the FMJ amps?
     
  4. ANDY_DUTTON

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    Yes, with the exception of the P7 which being a THX approved amplifer has to be THX gain.

    Regards,
    Andrew
     
  5. Crustyloafer

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    :thumbsup: Darn, he beat me to it.
     
  6. mrkeeling

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    How much difference is there between P85 and P90 (other than 5W of power)?

    I just got P85 (it was more friendly priced than P90), so I am wondering if saving was worth it. :confused: I never had the chance to listen to them side by side.
    :beer:
     
  7. Vanderlay

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    I've been wondering about the same, because I've heard two difefrent stories.

    1. That P85 was just rebadged and called P90 because it already had the extra power.

    2. Some argue that A90 sound significantly different and not only more powerful than A85. If this is the case, shouldn't P85 and P90 be different from each other?


    In either case, I think you'll be alright with the A90/P85 combo.
     
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    Here is the quote from Mr. Dawson's earlier mail. This goes for P85/3 but I guess the same should be with P85

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    You can use a P85/3 or 90/3 - these are electrically identical. We only changed the name to tie up with the change in integrated amps from A85 to the improved A90.

    John Dawson (Arcam)
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  9. Sweden

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    thanks everyone.

    has someone compared a85 and a90 side by side ?
     
  10. DistortedVision

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    I noticed that What Hi Fi Sound & Vision gave the A90 a disappointing 3/5 stars saying it was "Flexible and warm but ultimately, this amplifier sounds anonymous"

    The A85 was raved about and was an Award Winner for two years running (if my memory serves my correctly). Interestingly the P85 received 4/5 but the P90 got 5/5.
     
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  11. Crustyloafer

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    That just goes to show how well magazine reviews can be trusted.
     

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