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Hi all. I've been mulling this over for a while and have posted a few threads based around this but, after spending a weekend at Nigel's (The Flash) apartment in Kendal, I am now set on selling my current gear in favour of a high quality stereo integrated amplifier. The sheer quality of the audio I heard on Nigel's systems in both the lounge and master bedroom was unlike anything I've heard before and I was just bowled over by it. I realised that reason behind it was down to the quality of the amplification and I tried to imagine my speakers on the end of it all. In light of the above, I'm now looking to pair my Spendor A7's with a suitable high quality amplifier. I currently use an Arcam SR250 with a Cyrus Stereo 200 as a power amp. These are both good in their own right but I know that this can be easily bested. I'm not bothered about room EQ as I've been using the Arcam with DIRAC turned off and, other than DIRAC boosting the levels, I hear no difference with it off. A surprising aspect of having DIRAC switched off is the bass from my subwoofers. I thought it would sound awful but it actually sounds better, more punchy and impactful. Anyway, after selling both of the above, I should have around 3.5k to play with (after adding in some funds myself) although I would rather not spend that much if it isn't necessary and I'm open to both new and used. It has to be a stereo integrated (for input selection purposes) so a straight power amp is a no no and I do not need a DAC so analogue only. I feel my speakers are natural sounding and I would prefer a natural sounding amp as I prefer to hear things as the artist intended (so no tubes). The two amps I've taken a keen interest in are the Musical Fidelity M6 500i and the Leema Tucana II Anniversary as they seem to be highly regarded but I'm really keen to hear your thoughts on what you guys would pair with the A7's. Nigel suggested an Arcam A49 but it's another Arcam and I'm unsure if it's what I want as, to be totally honest, I hate the look of the Arcam amps and loving how something looks is half the battle in choosing a new amplifier (like you would a car). I would love to hear your thoughts on this and I apologise if, due to my previous posts, I'm going over things too much. Mike.
Hi all. I'm hoping some of you guys can point me in the right direction for a suitable power amp to suit my Spendor A7's. Just a bit of background so you guys can get a sense of what I'm trying to achieve..... I own an Arcam SR250 in a 2.2 channel setup. The Arcam handles all my movie/tv watching and also acts as a n HDMI switcher/decoder. That side of things is covered and not a concern, its the music side of things I would like to improve. I use an RME ADI-2 FS DAC which is connected via RCA to an analogue input on the Arcam. For music, I use an Innuos Zen Mini Mk3 which acts as my cd ripper/WAV & FLAC file storage and ROON core with TIDAL HIFI as a source. This is connected to the RME via asynchronous USB. This is a super clean DAC and I won't be parted from it. So..... I want to completely separate my movie watching from my music listening by adding a poweramp with RCA and XLR inputs. I will use the pre-outs of my Arcam to the RCA inputs and the XLR inputs connected directly to the RME. I can then toggle between the two inputs depending on which source I am using at the time. For me, this will be the best of both worlds as I will be adding a power amp to the Arcam which will benefit me in the form of added power to drive the Spendors more cleanly and also provide me with a totally separate power source for my DAC which, in my head, will benefit me in my music listening. The problem I have come across is the fact that the only power amp I found up to now that has an input switch on the front is the Cyrus Stereo 200 poweramp. Having the switch on the front is a must really as once the amp goes into the cabinet, reaching round the back to flick a toggle switch will be virtually impossible. I recently contacted Colin @ Nord and asked if he would be willing to relocate the toggle switch to the front if I ordered one of his hypex dual mono amps but he said he couldn't do that. I'm open to any type of amp really but have been really taken with the latest hypex units as they offer bags of power in a small(ish) for factor at a reasonable price. Also, as I like to hear music as the artist intended, flaws and all, the new hypex stuff seems to fit that bill. I have tried to get demos organised at various outlets throughout the country but I've had issues with the shop not having either Spendor A7's or any suitable amps to drive them. Then they try to upsell something completely different that you didn't want to listen to or try to substitute Spendors for another brand which defeats the purpose really. My budget is around £2k max and am not offended by buying used but new with warranty would be a safer option for me of course. Anyway, this intro is getting ridiculously long so I'll end it by asking the ultimate question.... Can anybody recommend a suitable power amp that meets the above criteria that is proven (or you personally know for certain) to pair well with the Spendor A7 family. Thanks guys and sorry for the long post (took AGES on my phone)
Cyrus In Stock List Hi everyone, hope you all had a great Christmas. This is the first of a few posts telling you all what we have in stock, allowing you to upgrade over the New Year period. As manufacturers are on their Christmas shut down, getting hold of new stock can be tricky, however we have a large quantity of Cyrus stock, see below Phono Signature - £1199 X Power Amplifier - £899 Stereo 200 Amplifier - £1749 PSX-R2 Power Supply - £695 - Available In Black or Silver Stream X Signature - £1249 Stream XP2 QX - £2069 Stream XP2 - £1595 Stream Xa - £1295 Stream Xa - Ex Show - £949 CDi CD Player - Ex Show - £819 Cyrus One - £699 If anything above interests you, please call us on 01482 223096 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Trade In Of course, at Fanthorpes we love to trade in, so if you want to trade in your existing HiFi against Cyrus Audio, contact us and we will let you know what it is worth as a trade in. Finance Available – Zero Deposit We can also offer buy now pay later with 0 deposit on Cyrus, allowing you to spread or defer your payments over a year.