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  1. gwards

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    Hi,
    Looking at buying my first amplifier, for which I have allowed myself to spend up to £400.
    I have had the chance to demo the marantz pm6004 and before purchasing would like to know if better can be had by buying second hand.
    I have been looking around and like the look of the arcam alpha series, and these can be purchased at less than the cost of the marantz, the one I had in mind was the alpha 10. Would this be a better performer?
    I would initially be pairing this amp with dali zensor 1's but only short term as I have my eye on a pair of floorstanders. (rx6's)
    Would be grateful if someone could give their opinion on this, and also give suggestions for other amplifiers that i should be looking at/demo'ing with this budget (although this is more difficult second hand).
     
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    If you've decided that you'll have a pair of RX6s soon, then I'd give the new Marantz a miss. I think you'll need a bit more wellie to get the MAs singing. I personally am not a lover of either Marantz or Arcam, both a little laid back and unexciting for me. If it were me, I'd go used amp, Roksan Kandy, Musical Fidelity A3 or A3.2, maybe a Naim Nait. All those should be available under £400 and IMO will trounce the other amplifiers you're considering.

    Just my thoughts, for what they're worth !
     
  3. Don Dadda

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    Well, i am a lover of Marantz (maybe because i am too laid back :D), but i am in agreement with Steve on this. Something with more grunt for the RX6's.

    And s/h will bring more bang for the buck and £400 can bring a lot of bang s/h.

    Aside from whats already been mention, I also would be looking at the likes of PM7003, Nad C355 (s/h) and upwards to run the RX6's.
    Cambridge Audio 740a or 840a can also do a proper job but admittedly, not really seen them going s/h. Owners just don't want to let them go.

    With that sort of budget s/h gives you a wide choice of amps to choose from, so long as they are up for sale of course.
     
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    As Don says, there are many possibilities if going s/h. I agree with the more bang per buck, most of my gear is s/h. I'd caution against pairing Cambridge Audio with the RX6s though. I've not heard them together, but had an Azur 640A a few years ago which I found to be overly bright. The RX6s can lean that way too with the metal tweeter. All I'm saying is have a listen before you make that pairing, just in case they don't gel.
     
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    Hmmm.. yes. Good point made there.
    Only heard the MA BR5 myself and found them also to be bright. Even though the RX6 are different beast but are of the same nature.

    I also found the same of the CA 640 being of a bright nature too hence why i opted for a Marantz to go with my AE's.
     
  6. gwards

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    Thanks for all the feedback guys, I will get myself down to richer sounds and sevenoaks and have a play around with the above.
    Any thoughts on the Harman Kardon HK990? Trying to find a stockist to get a demo and can't find much on here about it; spec wise seems like good value for money. Has anyone had any access to it?
     
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    I'll second the used Naim Nait advice. One of those will destroy anything that Richer Sounds sell.
     
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    Hi gwards

    I would definitely go second hand, I bought all my amps second hand so far with no problem. I am also very satisfied with my arcams (see sig), I can recommend them heartily and used they are in your price range.
     
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    I have a Harman Kardon HK990 and it's a superb amplifier with bags of power but I doubt you'll find one for £400.00

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