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  1. Primare MM30 streaming board - ex-demo - RRP £1300, selling at £895 01403 336 339
  2. Primare DAC30 ex-demo RRP £2000, selling at £1095 Equipped with a wide array of inputs including asynchronous USB-B, stereo balanced AES EBU and three pairs of S/PDIF coaxial and TOSLINK connectors, the DAC30 uses the processing engine of the celebrated Primare BD32 universal player to convert and convey very low distortion analogue signals to a high quality music system
  3. So I have my new SCM19s and I'm running them from my modified Primare SPA21. It's a lovely amp which puts out 150W into 8ohms and 250 into 4 and manages around 0.014 THD. I'm very happy with the Primare and the sound with the ATCs is sublime. However the ATCs are not very sensitive and can take 300W, as such the Primare does not manage the apocalyptic sound pressure levels to which I have become accustomed. I just tried hooking one ATC up to a bridged NAD C370 (300W) and boy they have a lot more give in terms of output levels. My first thought is Bryston 4B, possibly coupled with a valve based pre to smooth out the lower quality recordings. That's rather a lot of money, even second hand but I'm considering it. Do we think that's a good call or could anyone recommend something cheaper and in the same league? Is it true that some Lexicons are re-badged Brystons? Am I right in assuming that Krell is not worth looking at as they'll be even more expensive for that kind of power? When I'm looking at the second hand market how big a difference am I going to find between the generations of Bryston 4B? Are there any versions which should be avoided or any which are particularly good value? Then there's the pre. I know nothing of this thing called valves. Are there by any chance one or two outstanding models of valve pre which are likely to be available for a good price on the used market? Finally, I have one more option. My Primare has five power amps in it. I could have four of them converted into two bridged which ought to provide the requisite power. Do we think that's a good idea? Would the effective lowering of impedance significantly reduce sound quality? Will I ever run out of questions? Yes.
  4. I've had a Primare Pre60 / A60 set on home demo for the last two weeks. My own setup is a Cyrus DAC-XP+ and StreamX v2 into a pair of Anthem Statement M1 monos, and driving Vienna Acoustic Beethoven Concert Grands. The change is significant as I knew it would be, I've been looking to replace the Cyrus front-end for a while now. The high and mid range are exceptional, and the bass is more controlled and tighter. I tried the Pre60 into the Anthem's to see the difference the higher power amps would make. There is more bass "glow" with the Anthem's and just more bass with everything. But by comparison to the A60 it sounds less defined, smeared out and not as connected to the mid and high frequencies. The A60 sounds lean by comparison, but the music flows much better, the bass is there but it lacks the "glow" the Anthem's give. Does anyone have the Primare Pre60 / A60 and what speakers are you driving? If I keep these amps, and I'm pretty close to it as the "wow" factor has been big, I would like to know how they drive higher-end speakers, particularly the bass-handling. I would look to replace my VA Concert Grands in a year or two and get something like Fact 12, Dali Epicon 8, or something else in that price/performance range. But can the A60 drive these and drive them well?
  5. So I sold my KEF Reference Model 2.2s. I now have to decide what to replace them with and am leaning towards ATC SCM40s. My concern is that they might need a mighty amp to get the best from them. I'd initially have them running passive bi-amped and probably convert it to an active set up using the same hardware, possibly with an extra 2 channel power amp to go three way, possibly not. I have a slightly unusual amp. It's a Primare SPA21 surround amp which has been modified and upgraded by a rather talented tech and I use basically as an analogue four channel power amp. I only have test figures for it with one channel driven but as it has 100,000 uF of power caps and 1600W of toroidals I'm reasonably confident it won't slump too much with four channels driven. Test figures for one channel are: Test: 7 of 10, EIA RS490/ CEA490A Channel: FRONT L Target: 1.0000 %THD+N Actual: 1.0044 %THD+N Input: 2.208 V, 1000 Hz, sine Output: 35.31 V, 1000 Hz Gain: 24.1 dB Load: 8.0 Ohms Power: 156 W Test: 8 of 10, EIA RS490/ CEA490A Channel: FRONT L Target: 1.0000 %THD+N Actual: 0.9951 %THD+N Input: 2.075 V, 1000 Hz, sine Output: 32.91 V, 1000 Hz Gain: 24.0 dB Load: 4.0 Ohms Power: 271 W Do we think it can handle the SCM40s or should I shelve my plans until I can afford a Bryston or something to go with?