Cheap amp for CDM1s

japeries

Standard Member
Could someone recommend a cheap amp which would work ok with B&W CDM1s. I bought the speakers many years ago along with an Audiolab 8000S amp, which no longer works.

I am not an audiophile and would be using it mainly to listen to movies and mp3s.

I was thinking about the Cambridge Audio Topaz AM5 or maybe the 350A.
 

BlueWizard

Distinguished Member
Can we assume your budget is up to about £200?

Both Pioneer and Yamaha make amps in your price range, or pressing the high end of it.

Pioneer -

Pioneer A109R, 20w/ch, £119 -
PIONEER A109 AMPLIFIER - available from Superfi UK

Pioneer A209R, 35w/ch, £139 -
PIONEER A209R AMPLIFIER - available from Superfi UK

Pioneer A307R, 45w/ch, £179 -
PIONEER A307R AMPLIFIER - available from Superfi UK

Personally, I wouldn't consider the Topaz or the A109R, but the A209R should have sufficient power to get the job done. However, the Cambridge Topaz AM10 with 35w/ch might be worth a look at about £169 -

Cambridge Audio TOPAZ AM10 Black | Stereo Amplifier | Richer Sounds

Yamaha AS300, 60w/ch, £206 -
YAMAHA AS300 AMPLIFIER - available from Superfi UK

Pushing your budget, but a little more power, and this is the latest and greatest version of the Yamaha amps.

Right at £200, would be the Marantz PM5004, 40w/ch -
Marantz PM5004 Black | Stereo Amplifier | Richer Sounds

I would help if you would give a clear statement of your budget. The Cambridge 350A is about £229. If you can go that high, then also consider the -

NAD C316, 40w/ch, £215-
NAD C316BEE AMPLIFIER - available from Superfi UK

Nothing wrong with the Cambridge 350A though, that should be a fine amp for the price.

If you can push up to near £250, then I can suggest some other amps.

That should give you something to think about.

Steve/bluewizard
 

CJROSS

Well-known Member
Mini-T 2020 on Ebay £60 - 20 Watts Class T. Certainly sounds like any sub £500 amp I have ever heard. Just needs to be driving 8ohm resisitant speakers.
 

japeries

Standard Member
Can we assume your budget is up to about £200?

If you can push up to near £250, then I can suggest some other amps.

That should give you something to think about.

Steve/bluewizard
Thanks for your reply Steve, I will certainly have a close look at the Yamaha and NAD that you mentioned. The MP3 input on the front of the NAD would be handy. I could go up to £250 but don't want to waste money on something that won't be of much benefit to my limited use. I live in a flat so can't often listen at high volume.
 

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