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Stereo amp ?

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by Jimmysil, Apr 6, 2003.

  1. Jimmysil

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    Hi all

    After some good advice from forum members, I am in the current process of a complete change of my Home cinema/hifi system.

    I wanted 6.1 and better Hi fi sound.

    So I am moving from my system as listed at the bottom, to a Yamaha 630 (For my 6.1 needs) and also I should be getting a Arcam Alpha 7 cd player for a good second hand price.
    So basically all I want now is a good stereo amp to go with the arcam.

    I looked at the hifi junkies site and spotted quite a few options in the amp dept.

    They still have Arcam Alpha 7 and 8 amps, which will matched my cd player. Or I thought about getting a A65 in case I upgrade to a better cd player in the future.

    But I also spotted in the clearance bit a Rotel RA-921 mk2 for £90, I know its only 25 watts, but does anyone have any experience of this amp. Seems like quite a good price.

    What would go well with my cresta 2s.

    Cheers

    Jimmysil
     
  2. WhyAyeMan

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    Regarding the Rotel, I would hang on for at least an 931 mk2 Rotel, as they are quite a bit better than the 921 and shouldnt cost all that much more. Also, my mate has just picked up a Pioneer A400 amp from ebay for £102. This amp is likely to be better than either Rotel. So keep an eye out for them.
     
  3. wilber

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    Arcam Alphas are cracking amps and if you can forgive their looks compared to their DIVA replacements, they will be great. An A65 isn't necessarily any more future proof.

    Ebay tends to have a lot of Alphas on sale at any given time so could be worth a look.

    As you'll have read elsewhere the watts rating of amps is far from the end of the story - my Rotel amp is 40 watts and drives my Q1s brilliantly, I don't know your budget but an RA-01 is only £250 (you can haggle that down to £225 I'm sure) I can also assure you that it works brilliantly in tandem with the 630s pre-outs for movies.
     
  4. Jimmysil

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    Thanks for the info guys

    I may consider one of the Alpha amps and as regards to the A65, the future proofing was just if I decided to upgrade to a newer arcam cd, it may look wierd with an alpha amp.

    But then again so would my Alpha CD with a A65.:rolleyes:

    I will keep my eyes and ears open for rotel amps as well.

    Budget is about 400 max.


    Cheers

    Jimmysil
     
  5. WSC

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    You would be mad to upgrade your alpha 7 CD player for a better one and partner it with an Arcam 65 amp IMHO. I have an alpha 7se player and its partnered with a cyrus 7 amp and its fabulous. Now I know that I could get an even better sound by paying loads more for a CD player but the amount vs quality improvement comes into play and I think my current setup sounds fab and I couldn't justify the extra for the limited upgrade in quality.
     
  6. Jimmysil

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    Hi WSC

    Your most probably right, I will most likely go for one of the Alpha amps from HifiJunkies.


    Cheers

    Jimmysil
     
  7. Sunday Ironfoot

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    If you were considering the Arcam A65 consider getting the plus version because I've heard they are significantly better with improved current delivery. Not sure what other improvements are but the A65 got 3 stars in HifiChoice whereas the A65+ got 5 stars in the same magazine.
     

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