I've acquired a pair and I've no idea which direction to take with partnering kit. I'd like to keep it below the £200 mark if possible and I'm happy to go second hand.
All help is greatly appreciated!
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You will have to look at used amps if you're sticking to a £200 budget. I wouldn't recommend any new amplifier under about £1k to drive the 103/4's properly. I always used to like the Naim 72/140 pre/power combo, a nice combination, but not even that will fall into your budget. The same will go for the Audiolab 8000p/8000c pre/power.
I think you're going to have to look at bigger, high end 70's and 80's amplifiers that have a lot of current output. If the amp you get isn't up to the job, the 103/4's will sound soft and warm, and lacking dynamic ability. With the right amp, they can reach deep and hit hard.
David @Frank Harvey Hi-Fi, Coventry
Thanks for the reply. Would I be better to wait and save a little then, maybe double my budget and still shop second hand?
You might have to stretch your budget a little but a NAD C370 should do a good job with the speakers. Later on for even better performance look at adding a C270 power amp to bi amp the speakers.
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Yeah I did look at the NAD actually. I've also seen an Arcam Alpha 9/10. Pioneer A400/676 and a refurbished Yamaha A-S1000 that I could possibly stretch to. Think any of those would do the trick?
You can pick up an Audiolab pre/power for about £400/500, maybe a little less.
I used a Sony TA-F770ES with the 104/2, worked very well. I also used a Restek Challenger with my Maggies (very similar impedance load to the 104/2) which would be a good choice too.
Both are a little over budget though at around £250-£300.
I picked up a Quad Elite Stereo cheap which was quite good too.
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A friend of mine had recommended looking Sony ES amps before but they're next to impossible to find. I have seen a Rotel RB & RC 980BX Pre/Power seperates on eBay. Whilst I've not had any hands-on experience with this combo, it certainly looks like it'd do the trick. On paper at least. Any thoughts?
The Sony ES amps turn up on ebay quite often, well worth searching out.
I'll keep my eyes pealed for them! I've found plenty of Audiolab 8000 pre/power seperates. The trouble with second hand is going to audition, it's a lot of travelling about so I'd really like to get it right first time.
As long as you're not after disco like listening levels and you can pair the amp with high quality source component/s then the A-400. Other then a-400 the NAD or the Yamaha.
I'll probably never play them quite that loud, no. Could I use the A400 and at a later date buy a power amp or would the pioneer be fussy about what I pair it with?
The A400 doesn't have pre-amp outputs, so you won't be able to add a power amplifier.
It was foolish of me to assume that. I'd figure most integrated amps would come with a pre-out, adds flexibility and what not. The hunt continues...
David, if I were to buy the Audiolab 8000S and then when I can afford it get the power amp you mentioned as well, would this yield similar results to the combo you suggested or would they not pair as well? Sorry to keep pestering, just trying to save myself a lot of unnecessary hassle. Thank you.
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