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RE: Arcam FMJ A28

p_m_brown wrote:

Not heard the speakers I'm afraid but the CDP will be a good match for the smooth Arcam.

I heard the A19 with Kef LS50 speakers and I really didn't think it had the power to make the most of them at all. The A28 has another 25 watts of power per channel which means more grip over dynamics and the ability to drive speakers with conviction.

What amp are you replacing?

Replacing a Rega Brio R looking for something smoother hence Arcam.
The thing is the RX6 speakers are more efficient than the KEFs that you have so not sure if the extra watts are required.

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Lo Fi wrote:

p_m_brown wrote:

Not heard the speakers I'm afraid but the CDP will be a good match for the smooth Arcam.

I heard the A19 with Kef LS50 speakers and I really didn't think it had the power to make the most of them at all. The A28 has another 25 watts of power per channel which means more grip over dynamics and the ability to drive speakers with conviction.

What amp are you replacing?

Replacing a Rega Brio R looking for something smoother hence Arcam. The thing is the RX6 speakers are more efficient than the KEFs that you have so not sure if the extra watts are required.

 

I tend to agree about the LS50s I think they need more power than 50W. I heard the A19 after the Rega and I thought it had more detail and was smoother but for me it was too smooth, that was with the B&W CM1s which also need a bit of power. I don't the A19 from the Rega is a huge leap. Can you get a home demo?

 

To be honest I think speakers make far more difference than amps, so you amybe better off changing the speakers, quite a few people think MA sound harsh. I would try some KEF R100s.

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I agree that changing speakers will have the biggest perceived change in sound but the relationship between speakers and amps is key as I keep banging on about.

An Arcam amp in my opinion will definitely smooth things out and as I have already recommended, I would go with the more powerful A28 as to my ears, it has far more control over the speakers and will offer a better upgrade route.

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RE: Arcam FMJ A28

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BigH wrote:

I don't think Arcam amps are that popular lately around here.

Why's that so?

Well said PP

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RE: Arcam FMJ A28

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I have heard the A19 a bit too refined for my taste.

 

I think he is asking about the A28 because is has been reduced in price so is now about the same as the A19. I don't think Arcam amps are that popular lately around here. I would look at some others like Creek, Roksan Kandy, Marantz Pearl Lite etc. 

Actually best price I have found A28 for is about £ 1000 if anyone knows somewhere where it can be had for less I would be interested to know

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Ssav have an ex demo one for 700 which is a good price  excellent!

But don't you already have one?

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Ssav have an ex demo one for 700 which is a good price  excellent!

But don't you already have one?

Not yet still trying to decide between A19 and A28

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I would go for the a28 as amplifiers don't advance massively over time and I think it would be the better choice out of the 2.

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RE: Arcam FMJ A28

After hearing both I decided on the A19 which I felt was actually more detailed.
Thanks for all yor help and PP you are so right the MA RX6s and A19 work a treat together.
With a good recording the sound is clean and detailed with a lot of well controlled bass.
Listening today to some Beerhoven amongst other things I just loved the sound.
I also bought a pair of Audio Technica headphones for when the wife doesnt want to listen and I was surprised to find that there is less bass than when listening with the speakers even though they are closed back over ear, but then they only cost £ 140.

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After hearing both I decided on the A19 which I felt was actually more detailed.
Thanks for all yor help and PP you are so right the MA RX6s and A19 work a treat together.
With a good recording the sound is clean and detailed with a lot of well controlled bass.
Listening today to some Beerhoven amongst other things I just loved the sound.
I also bought a pair of Audio Technica headphones for when the wife doesnt want to listen and I was surprised to find that there is less bass than when listening with the speakers even though they are closed back over ear, but then they only cost £ 140.

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Lo Fi wrote:
After hearing both I decided on the A19 which I felt was actually more detailed. Thanks for all yor help and PP you are so right the MA RX6s and A19 work a treat together. With a good recording the sound is clean and detailed with a lot of well controlled bass. Listening today to some Beerhoven amongst other things I just loved the sound. I also bought a pair of Audio Technica headphones for when the wife doesnt want to listen and I was surprised to find that there is less bass than when listening with the speakers even though they are closed back over ear, but then they only cost £ 140.

You're welcome...

Don't really think you can go wrong with any Arcam/MA combo. Then, of course, it comes down to budget and personal preference.

Enjoy the combo. good job

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