What stereo amp for MA BX2? Anyone willing to offer auditioning

alecsus27

Standard Member
Hi,

I currently listen to a Denon 2113 paired with MA BX2/BX-C/BX-FX setup (so no sub), bought some 3 months ago. I have mixed feelings about the sound quality and combination. I do think that, since about 6-7 weeks the sound quality has somehow improved, but ocasionally I do get some distortion on highs, especially on female voices, mostly on some TV programs, and also some lows not sounding quite as they should (having a tendency to hollowness, or barrel-like).
Surely this could be an issue of speaker positioning in my (rather small) room.

Anyway, I'm beginning to consider buying a stereo amplifier, for stereo music listening, but don't know which brand/model would be a good match for the MA BX2. I keep hearing/reading that amps give much better results in music, as most music is recorded on stereo - but I never listened personally to one, to notice that the difference is really that big (at similarly priced products).

Starting with Sunday, I'll be in London for a week. If any Londoner is having an amp paired with BX2, and willing to let me listen for, say, some 15 minutes, I would be very thankful.
Generally I mostly listen to symphonic music, jazz, but also some rock.

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pistolpete1

Active Member
How you going to use a stereo amp when the denon has no pre outputs to connect it to? Or are you replacing the denon with the stereo amp and listening to the tv in stereo only?

Got an amp budget?
 

alecsus27

Standard Member
I will disconnect the BX2's from the Denon receiver and connect them to the amp, when ocasionally listening to stereo music. For the rest, I'd use the receiver. I'ts quite possible that I'd sell the receiver and the rest of speakers, should the amp sound be good enough and room filling, to entirely replace the Denon.

Budget: if second hand, anything between 80 and 200 pounds. If new, not exceeding 350-400 pounds. If second hand, I wouldn't buy one older than, say, 10-12 years.

Alternatively, maybe you or someone else is aware of a specialised shop in London, where the seller would let me listen to an amp - preferably in a dedicated room.

Thank you
 
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PSM1

Distinguished Member
Most Hifi specialists will have a demo room to be able to listen to what they have on offer. Most will also allow you to bring in your own speakers to listen to the amp with them. The only exception can be some of the cheaper retailers like Richer Sounds which do not always have demo rooms. You will probably need to call the place before going so that they can get the room set up for you as they may not be able to give you a demo if you just pop in. Although it depends how busy they are etc. I know my local specialist (who I have bought a fair few items from), if quiet, will set stuff up if I pop in and ask. Although if I do that I am taking a chance since if they have other people in then they are unable to do it.
 

alecsus27

Standard Member
Right, can you give me the name of that specialist/shop and address?
Maybe if you know other such places too?
Of course I cant bring speakers with me, I'm travelling by plane from Romania :)

Thank you very much.

P.S. Sorry, got the wrong email posted.
The correct one is: [email protected]
 

PSM1

Distinguished Member
where in th UK are you going? A lot of HiFi specialists may well stock BX2 speakers anyway so may be no need to bring yours.
 

PSM1

Distinguished Member
Which part of London? Centre or in the outskirts?
I do not live in London so not sure of any particular places although I believe Tottenham Court Road has a few AV places on it.
 

MTech535

Novice Member
Which part of London? Centre or in the outskirts?
I do not live in London so not sure of any particular places although I believe Tottenham Court Road has a few AV places on it.
Yeah, I'm sure there is one or two there.
 

alecsus27

Standard Member
OK, Enfield seems a bit too far away. I did find a few specialised shops addresses around Tottenham Court Road.

I've sent an e-mail to SevenOaks asking if its possible a demo for me next week.

Hope I'll get an arrangement for BX2 paired with either a NAD or Arcam amp.
 

Silverblack

Well-known Member
sevenoaks in chelsea london are a great bunch and they have the bx2s on demo aswell as other speakers, if you call them and arrange a demo that might be of some help to you.
 

Silverblack

Well-known Member
I have brought numerous stuff from them and you can demo without them breathing down your neck for a sale really good guys down there.
 

alecsus27

Standard Member
OK then, thanks for the tip, already sent an email but I'll call them on Monday and probably go to Sevenoaks in Holborn or Chelsea - as closest to Belsize Park area (where I'll be staying for a week) - provided they will offer me an auditioning.
 

arb70sok

Active Member
Well more than 2 years too late for the OP but will chuck in my tuppence worth as may be of use to others and BX2's can be picked up for a song at the moment.

I had a pair bi-amped with an ANCIENT AudioLab 8000a and a brand new AudioLab 8200p and they sounded pretty awesome! They sound great with 8000a on its own. Adding the p gave a bit more punch and depth in the nether regions, if that matters to you. IF you can get on with AudioLab kit (and it is a big IF 'cos some folks really don't like it - try before you buy) I would question wisdom of not considering > 10 year old kit. You can pick up 8000a amps from the 80s and 90s and they still sound awesome. Although things can, and do, go wrong on the whole they are rock solid reliable. The caps and phono input sockets can go but these are relatively cheap to replace and there are a number of people who offer this service.

BX2's paired with old AudioLab kit purchased 2nd hand off flea bay == excellent recipe for great sound at an affordable price. Could certainly pick up 2nd hand 8000a at OP's 2nd hand budget. Might just be able to get the 8000a and 8000p 2nd hand for the OP's new budget if you got lucky on fleabay.
 

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