Amp upgrade?

burnssimon

Active Member
Morning all,

I currently have a MF M2Si driving a pair of MA 200 Silvers, a Tag AVR32 for preamp and home cinema duties. Honestly, I'm dead happy with it, HOWEVER have that itch!

I'm thinking of buying a new amp to replace the MF and looking for contenders in the c. £1,500 price bracket. I'm also looking to sanity check whether (factoring in the law of diminishing returns), I'm going to hear a noticeable improvement.

Am drawn to something from Nord Accoustics or the slightly leftfield option of a Leak Stereo 20. Obviously will audition, but anyone out there with similar set ups who've made upgrades where they've seen a significant improvement?

Listening wise, primarily music, either via Roon (Soncoz SGD1 DAC) and vinyl (Era Gold V with hybrid Rega TT).

Thanks in advance.
 

MaryWhitehouse

Well-known Member
If you’re dead happy with what you have then scratch the itch buying more music :)
 

burnssimon

Active Member
I know, it's ridiculous, I'm sat here listening to James Talyor thinking of how great it sounds, whilst googling reviews of power amps!
 

MaryWhitehouse

Well-known Member
Honestly if you’re happy with what you have either go completely left field and try a new area like vinyl or invest in your content. You’ll enjoy it more for longer.
 

gibbsy

Moderator
I know, it's ridiculous, I'm sat here listening to James Talyor thinking of how great it sounds, whilst googling reviews of power amps!
I've got a lot of JT's albums on both CD and SACD. Most of his recordings with perhaps the exception of Before This World are exceptional pressings. You certainly don't need power to listen to JT and if it's putting a smile on your face now, is there really a point in changing. Even upgrading the Silvers would make a dent in your pocket to get a really noticeable audio performance.

Perhaps bring a good CDP into the mix?
 

burnssimon

Active Member
Actually, that's a good shout from both. Stop trying to fiddle with what I've got an introduce something new.

Have oft wondered about SACD, and there's plenty of music I like in that format. Means I have a whole new rabbit hole to disappear down!
 

MaryWhitehouse

Well-known Member
Aha! SACD rears it’s head again :D
 

Khankat

Well-known Member
Have you considered having your existing MF amp serviced and upgraded? That would help with the itch. There are quite a few people offering MF service and upgrades.

I recently had my amp, which was already good, upgraded. Very pleased with it and it cost far less than buying new.
 

daytona600

Active Member
M2 hell of a amp for the money think £2000-3000 to get a better sound
 

DT79

Distinguished Member
I think with what you have £1500 is going to be a sideways step and you’ll have the itch again in a year. Either buy more music or wait until you’ve saved up £3k.
 

daytona600

Active Member
Money could be spent on better Source Turntable , CD player or Streamer
" Source 1st Rubbish in Rubbish out "
 

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