Arcam A19, Nad C725bee, Audiolab 8200A, Roksan Kandy K2, Creek Evolution 2, Creek evolution 50A, Rotel 1520.
As You can see from the title. there are alot of amps im considering.
All within the same price range.
My current setup up is with NAD C355BEE as my signature below indicates.
Here are my preferences:
I have kept and like the NAD for its soundstage in separating instruments and sounds.
I had previously owned a cyrus 8 integrated amplifier, and preferred the NAD due to the quality above.
The cyrus was more forward, exciting and crisp, but where it failed was with large orchestral classical music which was conveyed as one piece of forward sounding music.
I don't know how much the cyrus range has improved since this model. Ive heard that it has improved, but don't know how, and doubt whether it has a separation of sounds to rival my current NAD.
Some more information regarding my preferences include music type as electronica, chillout music, relaxation, classical (as mentioned), some rock (pink Floyd), light jazz.
I like the sound to be detailed and layered for long session listening.
Its not that I don't like my music to be exciting, its just that its not that important.
I don't necessarily favour smooth sounding, as transparency is important.
I have to say that I don't necessarily agree with what hifi reviews.
Other magazines such as hifi news, hifi choice and even tech radar internet site provide sometimes more detailed and relevant reviews.
My thoughts are:
Arcam A19 and Roksan Kandy K2 are on the list due to what hifi reviews.
Audiolab 8200A due to partnering Audiolab MDAC I own, and due to good reviews elsewhere, although this amp I have auditioned with Audiolab 8200CD I auditioned some time ago.
NAD due to my current happy but not content experience with current amp.
Rotel because someone who worked in a hifi shop (forgot his name) replied to a previous post some time ago recommending this.
And finally the Creek due to recent reviews.
In particular the Creek Evolution 50A which has got good recent reviews on hifi news, and is even said to be better then the highly rated cyrus 6A.
Any advice guys.
Your thoughts and experiences appreciated.