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'classic' amp for a tightwad (me)

paulfromcamden

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Starting to think about what I can replace my Marantx PM6010OSE with - just seen one go for £120 on eBay(!) which isn't bad going since mine cost £129 new
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Quite fancy something British from yesteryear (if this isn't asking for trouble!) and noticed that Cyrus IIs with PSX and Naim 32/110s seem to be going for about £150 and £300 respectively.

Are these worth considering or are they likely to go pop within a fortnight? I'm wondering if the Cyrus might be a bit harsh on the ears after a sleepy Marantz...

Any other bargains I should be keeping an eye out for? Cheers - Paul

 

jon

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Just sold my Cambridge amp (was a similar budget) and have replaced it with a sonic impact t amp - v happy with it
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V nice, detailed sound and tight bass... Probably not the kind of 'classic British' thing you're after, though
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Goes nicely with 'classic' speakers, though (sounded good lovely with some old Alisons).

Someone's advertising an MF x80 in the classifieds - depending on budget might be worth a shot...

Jon

 

paulfromcamden

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jon wrote:

Just sold my Cambridge amp (was a similar budget) and have replaced it with a sonic impact t amp - v happy with it
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V nice, detailed sound and tight bass... Probably not the kind of 'classic British' thing you're after, though
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Goes nicely with 'classic' speakers, though (sounded good lovely with some old Alisons).Someone's advertising an MF x80 in the classifieds - depending on budget might be worth a shot...

Jon
Been wondering about a T-Amp for the bedroom actually... quite like the idea of sorting out a nice enclosure and PSU as a project - that's a whole other thread though I guess
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what i've heard from the cyrus range is the complete opposite of harsh. it's as dull as dishwater. and should be avoided like the plague.i tried one when in england and it was aweful the wife says the same by the way.

 

jon

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Been wondering about a T-Amp for the bedroom actually... quite like the idea of sorting out a nice enclosure and PSU as a project - that's a whole other thread though I guess
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You might want to get the t amp first
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I also bought mine home to put in the second system, but it quickly replaced my Cambridge amp...

Anyway, hope you find a nice amp. Drop me a PM if you're looking to get a t amp - I'm thinking of ordering myself a couple from the US, to keep the cost down
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paulfromcamden

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jon wrote:

Been wondering about a T-Amp for the bedroom actually... quite like the idea of sorting out a nice enclosure and PSU as a project - that's a whole other thread though I guess
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You might want to get the t amp first
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I also bought mine home to put in the second system, but it quickly replaced my Cambridge amp...

Anyway, hope you find a nice amp. Drop me a PM if you're looking to get a t amp - I'm thinking of ordering myself a couple from the US, to keep the cost down
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Jon
Cheers - will do. Are you running it with a pre-amp or anything? Just the one source?

 

jon

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am using it without a pre-amp - have multiple sources plugged in just using a multiple source switch box. It does seem to work better just as a power amp, though - will probably look to buy/build a pre-amp eventually, and either run t amp with volume on full or just remove volume pot. May play about with biamping, too - hence the plan to get more of the things...

Jon

 

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Smooth sounding beer-budget classic amps?

Nad 3020 (or the latter updates) is the one that instantly springs to mind. A&R Cambridge A60 the other.

 

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Two words - Quantum Electronics.

Little British company from late 70's early 80's who made pre and power amps plus the odd integrated and all are damn fine. Half the price of Naim gear when new and sound better, to my ears.

A 102 preamp and 202 power amp combo will set you back about £100-£150 on Fleabay. Only downside is onlyphono, tape and auxinputs andtape & aux are 5 pin DIN sockets (although at line level).

 

paulfromcamden

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Thanks for the suggestions chaps - all noted and all very welcome.

Anyone care to comment on the value for money of ancient Naim pre/powers? Quite like the fact that they're open to lots of tweaking and upgrades and they'd seem a good choice for a rock fan.

 

Lefty

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A 32.5/110 combo is superb VFM. You could probably pick this up for around £350 on eBay - would knock the socks off anything else at that price and could be upgraded with the addition of a HiCap.

I used to have a 72/HiCap/140 combination which was easily as good as the Avi Lab Series Integrated I also owned. That combo would set you back around £800. Be warned though - the Naim upgrade bug is the most conatgious disease in Hi-Fi and the only cure is a 552/500! (£25,000)
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Davewhityetagain

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Lefty wrote:

the Naim upgrade bug is the most conatgious disease in Hi-Fi and the only cure is a 552/500! (£25,000)
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Nah a few get away, a dealer off this forum has "cured" a few I had no trouble walking away from my 202 hi cap 200 cdx2 set up after falling out with the ********** at the company

its good just not as good as some think and others would like to think

 

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Contrary to Rudolph's thoughts on Cyrus, I'd definately recommend trying a Cyrus III(not the IIIi)with a psx added later. Cracking amp upfront, and lively sound that'll last a long time. Good VFM too!

Cheers...

Iain

 

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