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corky newman
01-26-2007, 11:10 AM
Got a divorce last year and bought a smaller house for my self...I had one spare bedroom with a nice slanted ceiling. I bought a nice leather recliner from lazyboy and started rebuilding a nice small room system...
I kept some stuff I had, and dumped some....
this is what I have now....

Sansui cond.
Paradigm S3E speakers
Rotel 965BX LE CD player
Onkyo DX 1800 CD player
Marantz PRO CD recorder
Grado head phones...

I have a Rotel RC 970 BX pre amp coming monday..and I will give it a try into the Sansui. but thinking about a new a class A Yamaha, or a Onkyo..or even a Rotel.
I like the fact I can still have loudness & alittle added power amp EQ on the sansui..?

I use the Onkyo CD player on the older Cd's as it smooths the bad recordings out..the Rotel shows the bad recordings way to much...but on newer Cd's its the bomb.
I stopped useing my Tube DAC, as it was very ear fatigueing in my small room.
and I sold my OHM model L speakers and moved the JBL Riva's, to my TV in the living room....This small room loves just the Paradigms....

Any suggestions......I dont know anything about power amps ...I was allways a Intergrated amp guy...

I love stereo gear, allways was a audio nut..but money is allways a factor.
I sold off my Turntable & all my vinyl, and went pure CD's...with my tube DAC its very very close if I want it to be, but I find the Rotel is fine for all the newer Cd's...
I did bi amp my old Riva's and the sound was more open, but again became ear the paradigms are not bi amped...
On amps...some tube models can be had...? I dont know anything about them...and Class A...? yamaha.........thanks...corky

01-26-2007, 12:47 PM
erm, a class-A yamaha?
if that ever happens,

the only power amp yamaha produces now is a digital amp (class D).

a rotel RB-1070 is a good amp, also check out nad, and others,
go audition them,

what is your budget, this will help us to narrow down our suggestions...

Keep them spinning,

corky newman
01-26-2007, 02:17 PM
and it had a AUTO CLASS A....I was told it lowers the wattage to a sweeter detail..?????
I have about $500 to look at a amp....but I saw some nice Onkyo's on ebay for about $200

01-27-2007, 05:11 PM
$500 will buy you a lot of nice used amps. Check for a much better selection than you'll find on ebay. Just a quick glance noted Forte, Threshold, Adcom, NAD, and many others that are in your price range. I'm partial to Threshold/Forte as they were designed by Nelson Pass, a legendary designer. There is also a PS Audio HCA 2 for $750 available. Geoffcin (moderator here), myself, as well as a few other members here use this amp and although I've always admired ARC amps, I can honestly say that I have no desire whatsoever to ever trade in this little honey. Check it out.

Hope this helps.

corky newman
01-29-2007, 08:16 AM
Getting a new Rotel Pre amp today...will see what it sounds like useing the sansui only as a power amp...

corky newman
02-05-2007, 10:55 AM
It came down to these 3 ...Hafler DH200, Adcom 545II, and the Rotel 970BX...
I liked the smoothness of the Hafler, but the rotel had better detail...but then I heard a Adcom had to have it....found it for $175.00.....Great with my Rotel pre amp...
Thanks for all the help.....corky

JoeE SP9
02-05-2007, 11:00 AM
Good choice! Check my equipment list.:)

02-05-2007, 12:04 PM
erm, a class-A yamaha?
if that ever happens,

It happened.
I have a class A yamaha... You been pwned!:cornut:

02-05-2007, 12:07 PM
and it had a AUTO CLASS A....I was told it lowers the wattage to a sweeter detail..?????

I wouldn't let Class A sway you. I can't hear the difference, but it's nice to know it's their. :D