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Amp upgrade advice needed £100-£120 budget

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by ben0l0, Sep 11, 2005.

  1. ben0l0

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    Hi,

    Currently my system consists of:

    * Mission bookself speakers (Not sure the exact make, similar to 760s)
    * Marantanz CD 63 CD Player
    * Denon TU-260 Tuner
    * Cambridge (A&R) A60 Amp (Very old)

    Im thinking of upgrading the Amp due to its age, and was thinking of spending in the region of £100- £120 but I am willing to buy second hand off ebay. Ive been looking at the Cambridge A5, any suggestions??

    thanks
     
  2. deaf cat

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    I like the A5, good for the money I thought. Check the balance knob though as I think to get even sound L/R they are often required to be not central - however thay may have sorted that now.

    Mind you second had could open the window to a whole different range.......
    Always nice to have new though.
     
  3. ben0l0

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    how much would you pay for a second hand a5 ???
     
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    To be honest, the A&R 60 is an excellent amp and if its still in working order should be comparable to a £100 amp today.

    If you still want to replace it and don't mind second hand, have a look for the Rotel RA-01 and Marantz PM6010, you should be able to get them for around £100.

    Personally, I'd stick with the A&R (they sell for a fair bit on ebay still, something of a classic) and save the money for a better upgrade later on...or buy more music!
     
  5. ben0l0

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    The problem is its got no CD output, just AUX due to its age. Therefore I keep having to change the leads around to plug in my ipod etc. I dont think the sound quality is what it used to be, it crackles from time to time.

    What would you suggest to be a better upgrade, bear in mind I play a lot of music via itunes and not much through my cd player.
     
  6. Londondecca

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    I agree, the A60 is a great amp and I think you would need to spend a lot more money to get a significant upgrade, assuming it is in full working condition.
     
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    Dirty volume pot ??How would I fix that? How much are we talking second hand to get a really good amp, bear in mind ill probably upgrade the speakers in a year or two.

    If I stay with the A60, I always find it really fiddly re-connecting the speaker cables with the amp and my Missions due to the position of the controls on the back of the A60. Are there any plugs I could buy to attach to the end of the speaker cables to allow me to connect my amp and speakers easier if I stay with the A60? (Banana plugs maybe ???) thanks
     
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    Not quite sure about cleaning the volume pot exactly, I think you just spray on switch-clean, but hopefully someone else will help.

    Yes, you can use banana plugs on the amp and they will make things much easier.

    As for an upgrade, for £250 you can get the Musical Fidelity X-80 from here:
    http://www.weymouthhifi.co.uk/website/mf/x-80.htm

    or for £350 the Cyrus 7:
    http://www.lintone.co.uk/offers.htm

    Both are hugely reduced and excellent amps.

    Andrew
     
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    HOw exactly do they work and what size would I need? And is there much difference in quality.
     
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    You put the speaker cable in the back/side and screw it into place (or clamp with some)

    There are some who argue that there will be a slight drop in quality, but I'm not so sure (I use them and didn't notice a difference)
     
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    An alternative could be one of the variations on the T-amp. You should be able to get one plus a decent power supply for your budget
     
  13. la gran siete

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    I use to have an A60 AND CONSIDERED IT AN EXCELLENT AMP. If I were you I'd hang on to it until I could afford something much better but then I'd be looking to spend about £600 or more.Why not get some decent banana plugs?
     
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    Due to the lack of visual appeal and CD output on the a60 Im thinking of up-ing my budget to £200. Im looking at the Cambridge AZUR 540A £199 from richer sounds as id rather have a new due to some dodgy seller on ebay when your paying several hundred pounds.

    I notice the AZUR 640A is £50 extra but think that may stretch the finances too far. Im simple-tons terms what the main difference between the two and are either a viable upgrade from the Arcam A60 ???

    many thanks
     
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    If you could stretch to £250, the Musical Fidelity X-80 is a better amp than the cambridge, you could always sell the A60 for about £60 odd.

    You could try second hand on hifi forums such as:
    http://www.hifiwigwam.com
    http://zerogain.com
    http://forum.hifichoice.co.uk

    You can guarantee that anything for sale there will have been very well kept and in excellent order!!

    Andrew
     
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    Two more options if your upping your budget to £250 are the Rotel RA-01 and the NAD C320BEE. I use the C320BEE with a pair of Mission m70 bookshelf speakers and this combination produces a lovely warm, detailed sound with punchy bass. I was considering the Rotel myself, but one reason I didn't go for it, was that it can err on the side of bright, which when combined with the Missions, could get fatiguing. I'd certainly give the NAD an audition - Richers have them for about £180.
     
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    Hi,

    Yes, eventually I managed to sell them on the dreaded ebay, not for as much as I hoped though.

    I think the problem was a bad choice of speaker to begin with, although there was a huge improvement, they were still lacking in midrange slightly.

    I was toying with the idea of looking at my Ela's, but I'd be too worried about damaging them!

    Andrew
     
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    speakers if old seem to go quite cheap on Ebay. Bought my Duettes for £65 but have since found them to be too harsh in the upper registers. They are 4 ohm speakers.
     
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    Sorry just realised I'm off topic :oops:
     

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