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Gain-compatible power amps

hazard

Novice Member
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
Fergus
 

John Dawson

Novice Member
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.

John Dawson (Arcam)
 

hazard

Novice Member
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....
 

John Dawson

Novice Member
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.

John Dawson (Arcam)
 
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