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Audiolab M-One Integrated Amplifier Review & Comments

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by Ed Selley, Jan 20, 2017.


    1. Ed Selley

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      Thanks for the review.There are several interesting amps below 1000 pounds.A review of the Marantz HD-AMP1,maybe?
       
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      Nice review. Very interested in this and Quad vena. Both look (and sound) great by most accounts
       
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      No subwoofer/pre out - killer deal for me...
       
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      Just ordered an Audiolab M-One integrated Amp (review below) and a set of KEF LS50s.

      Very excited to receive them, get them set up and start listening. Any advice on how to best configure them around a desktop set up in a 4x5m room, i.e. how far apart...any other feedback or tips very welcome...my first big HIFI investment after being a novice for a very long time...

      Dying to listen to my favourite albums...phyical graffiti top of the list for first play...
       
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      Is it possible to change your order? I only say this not to be a killjoy, both are fantastic products, but the Kefs are known to be hard to drive with low sensitivity. The m one is 40watts. I think you need to change one of the purchases as they may struggle with each other. I could be wrong
       
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      They are rated as only needing 25 Watts and I've read reviews of people who only have 35W going into them and being fine. The review above from Ed also calls out that 40W into 8 ohms is fine for good modern speakers.

      I don't intend to play them so loud that the neighbours will complain but loud enough to enjoy some great tunes...however I have ordered them from a great Hifi store so will get a chance to listen to them before I bring them home...if the sound is really an issue, I can always reconsider then...but I don't think it will be...
       
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      only problem is the kefs do need a powerful amp to get the best from them and do drop to under 4ohms, i would recommend a minimum of 60-80wpc depending of amp supplier, also you may want to factor into the equation that audiolab are quite lean which doesn't bode well with the ls50's which work better with a more neutral amp.
       
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      oh balls...I thought I'd finally found a combination of digital/analogue/bluetooth connections in an A/B powered amp that could work for me...I'm more likely to change the speakers than the amp...but I really really don't want to change the speakers either...can anyone recommend better speakers that are equally good value for the £800 KEF LS50s?

      I will go back to the store and have a proper listen before I take them home as I still want to believe that the Audiolab and KEF LS50s will work...but you've sown the seeds of doubt
       
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      Sorry to piss on your parade. As I said both items are by all accounts excellent, but I'd have doubts as to how well they'd mesh. It's not necessarily about the volume either. Listen and see your happy, but if the amp is working hard all the time it may effect its longevity

      If I were you I'd look at similar priced/sized speakers with 6-8 ohms (8 preferably) and high sensitivity,circa 90db or thereabouts. Monitor Audio might be good start. I assume you dont want floorstanders (q acoustics 3050 spring to mind)
       
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      Do what I’m doing - flog the lot and get the Kef LS50 Actives...
       
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      I thought about the integrated KEF LS50 actives but beyond my price range and not quite the flexibility I was looking for...

      I'm excited to give the Audiolab M One a proper go with the KEFs when they arrive....I'll come back and let you know how it went and what my 1st hand experience is...
       
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      Hopefully it goes good and my comments were nonsense, let us know how it goes
       
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      I'd love to know how the M-ONE compares to the original M-DAC/M-PWR combo.
       
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      Anyone used this with a pair of Dali Zensor 5 speakers. Interested to hear any feedback.
       

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