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Roksan Kandy mkIII

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by BLACK_MAGIC, Mar 16, 2003.

  1. BLACK_MAGIC

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    Im was thinking about buying a rotel ra1060 cause its a nice amp and i like the sound.
    After looking around i came across the Roksan Kandy mkIII, for a similar price as the rotel. Its power output is much better then the rotels and has had some good reviews in what-hifi etc. Have any of you had any experiance with the Roksan amp and do you think its out performs the rotel. I cant decided between the two, but the roksan definatley has the advantage of being more powerful but rotel seems to be a highley recommended amp. Any imput would be greatly appriciated.
     
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    Without sounding biased towards the Rotel (it's common knowledge around the forum that I like Rotel and B&W Kit :) ) power ratings are never the bee all and end all of an amplifier. What is important is the current avaliable to drive the speakers and also general sounds.

    Having said that ... I don't have anything bad to say about the Roksan - exept it's ugly,

    Goto your dealer and demo the two with a couple of pairs of speakers (maybe your AE Evo and something higher end) and see which you prefer!!

    Vikki
     
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    Thanks again but whats worrying me a bit is this.
    My current evo 3's are 150w. Other speakers ive been looking at for future upgrades are between 130-200w. The rotel is only a 60w amp.
    I was always under the impression that you had to get an amp that had an output in watts that was similar to the speakers power handling.
    Eg with 100w speakers get a 100w amp. Wouldnt this mean that the Roksan would be better in the long run for future proofing?
    Maybe im totally wrong cause im still new to all this and learning still, but wouldnt it be better to go for the more powerful amp? Please correct me if im wrong.
    Thanks.
     
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    The wattage ratings of your speakers, or the wattage of the amps in question, are not really a guide to anything. What is more important is the amplifiers current capacity, like Vikki said above. Rotel are notoriously conservative with their ratings and generally have large reservoirs of current available. This is kind of true for Roksan, but I must admit to only listening to the more expensive Caspian amp, not the Kandy. Your really better off getting a demo of the amps in order to make up your mind, though I would be surprised if one amp was heard to be more powerful than the other. No matter the power, though, you need to like the sound of the amp in question; no point getting an £10,000 Krell if you think it doesn't sound good!

    Just to add: My fav amp in this price range is the NAD C370, so perhaps this is another amp to listen to?

    Russell
     
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    Hi,

    I have the Roksan Kandy Mk3 and love it.

    But sounddog is right you really should demo and let your own ears decide.

    I bought the Roksan because I was not happy with stereo replay thru my Denon 3802 receiver. I originally tried a power amp connected to the Denon but the improvement was not worth the money IMO. The Roksan "BLOWS AWAY" the denon for stereo replay tho (IMHO), the pre-amp stage in the Roksan must be much better than the denon.

    Regards
    Colin
     
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    Ditto. One of the most "effortless" sub-£500 integrated amps around. It really does have an impressive capability to drive high loads, very cleanly indeed. Nice thing is that you can use it as a true power amp by pulling a couple of jumpers out.

    Audio Vision Online get them ex-demo, directly from NAD. Paid £320 for mine. :)

    MuFu.
     
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    Here's my newbie experience and a couple of questions for you.

    I am about to get into Home Cinema but want to take the opportunity to improve my stereo quality as well. This forum has been very helpful so far - so thanks to all of you.

    I am leaning heavily towards a solution comprising AV Receiver and separate stereo amp. I visited my local Sevenoaks, and this reinforced the benefits of specialist shops to me. They were very friendly and helpful and set up a couple of stereo amps for me to listen to: Roksan Kandy MK III and a Rotel RB-03/RC-03 pre/power combo. I preferred the Kandy - IMO it had better control and detail, and was more "involving".

    Question: Could the Kandy MK III owners out there give me their longer-term experiences with this amp. I listen to "heavy rock", classcal music and vocal artisits.

    With regard to the AV Receiver side of things. I am leaning towards combining this with a Pioneer D1011. Does anyone have any experience of this combo or comments?
     
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    If you decide to go for the NAD, I have one for sale in the classifieds section.
     

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