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Old 12-31-2011, 12:33 PM
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I am again looking for another integrated amplifier (for a different system)…this time something relatively modest as it will be running a pair of B&W 805S. Price point is around the $ 2k range. Anyone have any integrated favourites for this job ? Source will be various digital content from a DAC.
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Old 12-31-2011, 01:03 PM
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Old 12-31-2011, 01:40 PM
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I am fairly open…..
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Old 12-31-2011, 01:43 PM
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I've always thought there was a great synergy between my Bryston B-60R and B&W CDM1 SE setup, so that may be worth checking out.
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Old 12-31-2011, 02:32 PM
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Preference in terms of tube vs. SS? Consider used or only new?
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Old 12-31-2011, 04:17 PM
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Going to the used market here are a few suggestions, 2 SS and 2 tube:
McIntosh MA6500
Marantz K1 Pearl Edition
Cary SLI-80
Manley Labs Stingray

I've owned both the Mac and the Cary and was quite happy with those.
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Going to the used market here are a few suggestions, 2 SS and 2 tube:
McIntosh MA6500
Marantz K1 Pearl Edition
Cary SLI-80Manley Labs Stingray

I've owned both the Mac and the Cary and was quite happy with those.
+1 on the Cary.
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:34 PM
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I used to own the 805S for several years. From my experience, tube will work better.
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:55 PM
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No one here ever talks about Musical Fidelity - but this British company makes exceptional, modestly priced integrated amplifiers, CD players and a variety of other very good to excellent equipment.

Over the years, I've owned several of their products and they are very, very good at their price points.

A good choice would be a used A-5 or A-5.5 - see the review on 6 Moons at: 6moons audio reviews: Musical Fidelity A5 CDP*& Integrated

These integrated amps are available used at well under $2,000, are very well made and possess prodigious clean and pure power. They include a very good phono stage and sound terrific.




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Old 12-31-2011, 10:06 PM
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.. this might be a viable choice...



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