Down to 5, Help me Chose! Amp for MA RS8s!

Amish

Active Member
Ok after lots of research I have narrowed down my choices for a used amp to pair with my Monitor Audio RS8s to the following:

Acram Alpha 10
Acram Diva 85
Roksan-Candy III
Primare A20 Mk II
Creek Evo

I was intent on pairing it with a Rotel AMP, but after hearing an RA-02 with MA GS20's yesterday, it completely put me off. The sound was very harsh and the bass didn't seem controlled very well.

Main music will be hip hop/rnb which can be quite bassy and in some, the acoustics really should be noticable.

I've read the RS8s are quite lively themselves so I am looking for something that complements them while offering an involving sound and a good bass.

Open to thoughts :)
 

leedswillprevai

Active Member
The Roksan Kandy 3's seem to be fraught with problems at least from the thread on whf. The Arcam Diva is not in the same league as the Marantz PM 7001, NAD C352 and Creek Evo. I think they are better amps than the Alpha and haven't heard the Primare.
 

Amish

Active Member
The Roksan Kandy 3's seem to be fraught with problems at least from the thread on whf. The Arcam Diva is not in the same league as the Marantz PM 7001, NAD C352 and Creek Evo. I think they are better amps than the Alpha and haven't heard the Primare.

Thanks for the post. The Marantz have had poor reviews with the RS8s so not considering them, and similarly NAD hasn't had many positive reviews since I've been reading.

If that Diva isn't in the same league as those you listed, what about the alpha 10?

The Creek evolution was suggested heavily by a few on WHF but they are really hard to find!
 

leedswillprevai

Active Member
Whoa I challenge you to find a poorly received review of the NAD C352 :thumbsup:

http://www.avreview.co.uk/news/article/mps/uan/652

http://www.hifivision.com/amplifier-reviews/86-nad-c352-integrated-amplifier-review.html

http://sites.thestar.com.my/audio/story.asp?file=/2006/2/16/audiofile/16nadamp

Not to mention what hi fi top amp under 500.00 in 2005

Hi Fi World rates it very highly and it's newer instalment the NAD C355

I also own this amp

I am confident that the overwhelming number of people that have had this amp would give positive feedback on it to

To answer your question, you wouldn't be disappointed with the Alpha either not with the Alpha 10 anyway
 
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