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Gain-compatible power amps

Discussion in 'Arcam Owners' Forum' started by hazard, Apr 1, 2004.

  1. hazard

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    Hi,

    How many of the Arcam power amps have the same gain? Are all of them the same? What about older models?

    I have an A85 and P85. For compatible gain, which of the previous generation (Alpha) could I use? 10P, 9P, etc etc?

    Thanks
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    All the Arcam power amps you mention have the same gain. Of course absolute sound quality varies a bit and has generally improved with time; I see little or no gain (no pun intended!) in trying to use one of the Alpha series in place of the A85 or P85.

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    Thanks John

    I'm just thinking of saving a few quid by using a second-hand older model to drive the rears, and continue to use the newer kit for the fronts....
     
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    OK Fergus - I understand now.

    FWIW pre owned Arcam power amps go for quite high sums, often not far short of the original retail; so it may be worth looking at the new P80 power amp (2 x 65W rated power) at about £420 or 650 Euros retail as an alternative. It has excellent sound quality plus music sensing and/or a 12V trigger input for power on/off.

    HTH.

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