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Which under 1000 pound amplifier?

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by Pineapple, Apr 22, 2005.

  1. Pineapple

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    I have a few good deals on relatively expensive integrated amplifiers at the moment and I need some feedback as to which is the better choice.

    Arcam A85
    Musical Fidelity X-150
    Exposure 2010

    My system includes an Arcam CD72 CD player and Dynaudio Audience 42 speakers, which will all be used in a 3 x 4 metre room.

    I can also get an Arcam Alpha 10 for a substantially lower price than the aforementioned 3 amplifiers, but I am obviously aiming for quality.
     
  2. Tejstar

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    The Musical Fidelity X-80 is going for around £230 at the moment - might be worth considering.
     
  3. Paul Williams

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    I would seriously audition the Exposure 2010s, this is a very good amp at £600 (don't be pushed toward the non 's' version its good, but not as good as the 's') look for 2nd hand MF stuff, usually loads about - can't comment on the Arcam range as I've never found the sound (when I last tried them) appealing.

    Don't forget the Naim Nait - more user freindly now and will have good residual value later.

    Paul
     
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    The Arcam.
    For about £1k I think you could get an ex-demo Arcam FMJ33 amp. This would be perfect to drive the Dynaudio's. and at 100 wpc into 8 ohms would be perfect
     
  5. Triggaaar

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    Are you only looking at new? An Exposure 3010 (ex cond, box etc) went on ebay this week for £430. A steal.
     
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    Rotel RA-1062
     
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    Another excellent choice.
     
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    Hmm, boring solid state recommendations for a grand.......

    You could get a used A3cr pre+power combo for around £800, or maybe an A3.2 pre+power for £1000. Maybe even an A308, If you're lucky!

    You might be able to find an Audio Analogue Maestro for a grand, if you look hard enough.

    Also consider the following: Cyrus 8, Rotel 1062, AVI lab series (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=3280&item=5767267326&rd=1) and Primare 30.1 (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=3280&item=5768340629&rd=1).

    All good amps with decent build quality and plenty of power.

    DT
     
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    Funny you should say that, I just sold my A308 for £800 a couple of weeks ago.
     
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    I would highly recommend Unison Research, Sugden and Copland are also very good. The Unison would work wonders with your speakers :thumbsup:
     
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    But does he really want a valve amp? As good as the Unison & Copland are, they do require more TLC than your average SS amp.

    If you're going to mention those, then the Pathos Classic One also deserves a mention. Might be able to find one for a grand used.

    The sugden needs careful partnering, apparently? Is this true?

    DT
     
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    I take your point but these amps only require slightly more TLC than the others but I do think they would work very well with the speakers and take the quality into another league.

    I have owned several Sugdens and I do not recall any real problems with partnering equipment. There real problem is that they are under priced.
     
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    Other than Sugdens running "hot", IMHO the only matching requirements is that the speakers should be relatively effecient.
     
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    Pathos Classic One!!!

    see my comment at "Music Fidelity A5?"
     
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    does nobody bother with meridian anymore ??

    i would have thought you could find one of there's for around the grand mark second hand
    iv'e never heard a bad amp from meridian
     
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    This is why Musical Fidelity does their continuous product updates, to maintain their high consumer/review profile. Whereas Meridian, like Sugden and a few others just concentrate on a more evolutionary programme. Meridian do some exceptional products, unfortunately the only ones that seem to get reviewed tend to be the most costly ones. This gives the perception that they are beyond the reach of many.

    Paul
     
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    Primare A30.1
     
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    I would recommend you get Cyrus. Beautifully made, compact, excellent sound and very upgradeable. A Cyrus 8 can drive more or less most speakers.

    You can upgrade by adding a PSX-r power supply, power amps etc etc.

    Great thing is you can always get these on ebay.

    Failing that look at Densen and Copland.
     

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