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Upgarde advice needed

Discussion in 'AV Pre-Amp/Processors & Power Amps' started by RayB, Sep 11, 2005.

  1. RayB

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    Hi,

    Just obtained a pair of Kef Ref 2 and 200c centre for a very nice price. Now on the upgrade path to do justice to these beasts!

    Would prefer to go secondhand and have an initial budget of £1000. See my signature for current kit - where do I start??

    I'm thinking power amps using my AVR8500 as a processor within the £1000 budget then a processor when funds allow - advice please :confused:
     
  2. Steve.EX

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    More power.
     
  3. RayB

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    This I know :thumbsup:

    Anything else?
     
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    Can anyone recommend a power amp for me to consider, I am thinking perhaps a 5 channel amp using 4 channels to biamp the Kef references and the remaining channel to power the 200c and the internal amps of my AVR8500 for the rears for now. A processor would be next when funs allow.
    Happy to consider secondhand to get better quality for my money.

    Anyone :lease:
     
  5. RayB

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    Would a Rotel RMB-1075 be a worthwhile upgarde given the information posted above anyone? :lease:
     
  6. Steve.EX

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    I think you may want to be aiming slightly higher?
     
  7. RayB

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    Hi Steve.EX

    Having had the Kefs setup for a few days the AVR8500 does a very good job at driving them but i suppose I should not be surprised as it is a very poweful high current receiver.

    Therefore I take your point about the Rotel perhaps not being much of a sep up. Could you give me some pointers to get me started?
     
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    The Rotel would probably give you more power and headroom,but won't necessarily be much of a step up in sound quality terms,as has already been suggested .

    You may be able to find a multichannel Parasound going used/ex-dem for the sort of budget you have,and that would be a decent upgrade,but anything else is likely to exceed your budget,if you want to improve the sound quality as well as the power.
     
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    I could recommend looking for a second hand Parasound 2205 which would do the job quite nicely :)
     
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    Hi Alexs2 and Thunder

    I did wonder if perhaps Parasound might be the way to go and could stretch the budget to perhaps £2000 if that made much difference. Whilst the Harman Kardon delivers the "current" to drive the speakers I truly appreciate that quality processing and amplification is ultimately required to get the best from these Kef's.

    If I went down this route then as the next stage in a few months I would need to look at a Processor (Must say I adore Logic 7 processing on the Harman Kardon which is "borrowed" from sister/parent Co Lexicon), where would this quest take me and how much might I need to budget for a worthwhile upgrade?

    (Never ending this lark, how many tickets to the Local UCI could I purchase for the outlay over the years!!!)
     
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    Hi RayB,

    I also have a HK8500, and am also thinking at some time on the future to go down the Kef ref upgrade (I currently have Mission 773e's and a 77C1) - how do you rate the upgrade so far?

    In answer to your original question, from all accounts a Parasound 2205 would be a good step (should be able to find one under a grand), alternatively, there's a Bryston 9BST for sale in the classifieds (at £1550), either of these would be a step up in quality.

    Cheers

    Joust
     
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    The Kefs work well with the AVR8500 and this is more than capable of driving them. So far a very good upgrade!
     
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    Instead of biamping using a 5 channel process for 1000 you could get a nice 2 channel amp, I would have thought this will drive the Kefs much better than a 5 channel Rotel.

    I recently swapped from an Arcam P90 to one of these form my main PMC speakers and it sounds very good :-

    http://www.iplacoustics.co.uk/sa_400_alner_hamblin_semi.htm

    The rest of the channels are still driven with the old Arcam amps.
     
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    Another good thing to try is some Musical Fidelity Monoblocs they had the 250 watts per channel (8 Ohms) ones. I have tried the X-A 200 and it made a marked improvement to my Pioneer VSX AX5i and that has bi-amp facilities built in!

    Look on eBay they pop up from time to time at very good prices.
     

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