Meridian G68 + Power amp?

R

recruit

Guest
Hi Chaps,

I should be getting the G68 soon to go with my G91 but i am pondering on what amp to get to go with it and am currently looking at the Parasound A52 + A23 for full 7.1, also considering the Meridians G series amps but my wallet is takeing a pounding atm and the Parasound is a much cheaper option for me. I have heard Rags A51 and it sounded superb and after reading quite abit on the A52+A23 the specs are very good indeed and look like they will do comfortably.
Do any of you think this would be a good move Ref to matching the Meridian Kit with Parasound or should i just stick with Meridian?

Any Comments or advice appreciated... :)
 

danny daniell

Well-known Member
Good to see your really going for it John! :smashin: :laugh:

Dan :)
 

Krobar

Well-known Member
Maybe should also consider the EAD and Integra Research RDA-7 amps. I assume you are going for the G68 with balanced outputs?
 
R

recruit

Guest
Krobar - No i am not going for the Balanced version,I am getting the G68J.
I will have a look at the amp suggestions.
Cheers
 

danny daniell

Well-known Member
John,

I am currently sniffing around McIntosh`s mc-206/7....supposed to have a lovely warm valve like sound but also plenty of power on tap. Maybe one to add to your short-list ? I have seen them going on U.S Ebay for around $3,300 (£1800) which isnt bad for a 6/7 channel amp of this calibre.

Dan
 

gIzzE

Distinguished Member
Whats the score with the power supply on the 206's ?? can you get them modded for 220v if you buy them over there??

John, I thought you were getting the G98??

I don't get the G91 at all it seems to be a G98 with a tuner and a 2 channel pre amp in it from what I understand, is that right?? Why would you put this with the G68?? Am I missing something?

And to answer your question, the Parasound stuff would be nice with Meridian.
Definitely have a listen to a few other bits though if you can. And Power amps is something I would always buy used if possible.
 

ianh64

Active Member
gizlaroc said:
I don't get the G91 at all it seems to be a G98 with a tuner and a 2 channel pre amp in it from what I understand, is that right?? Why would you put this with the G68?? Am I missing something?
The G91 can decode external DD and DTS sources so when paired with a G68 or 568.2mm you get upsampling of all sources, external or not. Also the G91 does not have room correction or some DSP modes, THX ones in particular I believe, so the G68 gives you the works. The difference in price between the G91 and G98 also gives you, over and above external DD/DTS decoding, a FM/AM/DAB tuner and you do not have to choose between digital or analogue M/C out as you do with the G98. It makes great sense when used with a G68J that omits the video switching and FM/AM tuner.

-Ian
 

gIzzE

Distinguished Member
Thanks Ian,

Of course combined with the J it makes perfect sense.

I knew I was being stupid! ;)
 

Spligsey

Well-known Member
You really should be looking at active designs here John.

Genelec, Adam & Quested spring to mind here.

They would be serious with the G68 front end &

A)Save you dosh
B)Save you real estate
C)Huge dynamic / cinematic performance

I'm not overly keen on Meridian active speakers (and i'm an ex Meridian owner - 568.2/596)

I believe their strengths lie in their source/DSP number crunching

All in my opinion of course.


Adz
 
R

recruit

Guest
Wow!!! thanks for all the replies... :)

Yes the G91 has given me alot more flexiblity ref to my future setup and it is really the best choice for what i wanted and needed, all my video sources will be fed thru it and even some audio too.

Ref to my speakers i am keeping my M&K MX350 as it does the job well and also keeping my Column Surrounds so all i am changeing is the front 3 speakers which i have already ordered so that just leaves me with my amplification for which i need to sort?

Gizlaroc - that is good to hear as the Parasound has such a good reputation and also they are very reasonable price wise.

Dan - I will have a look at the McIntosh cheers.

I will have to see if i can get a dem somewhere ref to the Parasound.

Thanks Lads
 

Pat Marcus

Active Member
If you want to stick with meridian, have a look and see what late 5 series stock the Dealers have got. As you will see from my sig, I run a G98 with a 568.25 and two meridian power amps. Dealers are still stocked with 559s and 558.2s so you should be able to get a great deal on them.
I love the sound of this combination. When I auditioned the 558.2 I did so against a range of others (Arcam p7, Bryston SST, Rotel and Naim.) It flattened all of them. My Dealer didn`t have parasound stuff but I believe its very good. Still - stick with meridian if you can, I reckon.
 
R

recruit

Guest
Thanks Pat i will have a look and see if i can get to listen to them... :)
 

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