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    Dec 2004

    High end receiver or integrated amplifier

    Will I have best clean & detail sound if I use receiver or integrated amplifier ? Which one is better ? Pros and cons of each ? I need to run 2 pairs of speakers simultaneously: Monitor Audio GS10 (100 watts) and Radius 90 (60 watts). Budget is less than 1,500. Can you guys suggest a list. Thanks

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    Forum Regular blackraven's Avatar
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    Nov 2006
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    An integrated amp will give you the most bang for the buck! The Cambridge Audio Azur 850A is a very good integrated amp for just under $1500 at
    120wpc 8ohms and 200wpc 4ohms with XLR inputs. They also sell the Music Hall Maven receiver which has had decent reviews. You could also go with 2 outlawaudio monoblocks and a 970 preamp. If your looking to save some money, the outlawaudio 2ch receiver is an excellent buy and highly rated. Alot of bang for the buck. My first pick would be the Cambridge unit.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    Audio Hobbyist Since 1969 Glen B's Avatar
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    Dec 2001
    New York
    Excellent recommendations above. Also consider the Parasound Halo A23 amp and P3 preamp at $1,650 if you can swing the extra $150, or the Parasound Classic A2125 amp and 2100 preamp at $1.300. Both amps are rated at 125wpc @ 8 Ω, 200W @ 4 Ω.
    Last edited by Glen B; 01-03-2008 at 03:44 PM.

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