integrated amp for paradigm studio 100 w/ headphone out?
I would appreciate any recommendations available used for under 1k. Something with enough power to safely crank the paradigm's a bit. Any thoughts on:
Anthem integrated 1 or 2
Well, the anechoic sensitivity of the Studio 100, v. 3, has been measured at the NRC as 88 dB and the impedance curve indicates the speaker is definitely a 4 ohm speaker, perhaps even 3 ohms as the minimum seems to be somewhat below 3 ohms in the upper bass.
Originally Posted by dylano
So, look for an amplifier with the best 4 ohm rating you can find. The Bryston B60 is a nice little amp with good current capability, though I'd rather have a B100. I'm sure the headphone output on them is superb. I looked up the Portal Panache and it seems to be a good bet, too. I didn't find anything on the particular Anthem products you mentioned on the Paradigm site, but Anthem is high quality. Given your price limitations, I presume you are looking at used products.
The Studio 100, v. 2, seems to have been a little more sensitive and the impedance doesn't drop quite as low. Since you seem to be looking at used products, I perhaps should not just assume you have the latest iteration of the Studio 100.
Rotel used to make a nice 100 watt integrated ampifier but currently seems to only have a 60 watt one.
I don't know what you mean by "crank" in actual volume terms. I expect a good 60 watt amplifier would play reasonably loud with them, but the bigger the better to a point.
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