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RE: Best amps from a few years ago

Vizzage wrote:

What's this like?

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Denon-PMA-SA1-Flagship-from-DENON-High-End-Reference-rrp-5500-onkyo-/110996829135?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Amplifiers&hash=item19d7ed33cf

 

 

Whats that got to do with an amplifier costing 500 to a grand 15 years ago?

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RE: Best amps from a few years ago

Good comment, thank you. I think I got carried away!

Anyway I ended up getting the Talk Electronics Hurricane 5 and two Tornado 4 monoblocks. Am I allowed a 2nd question? If so, which speakers should I get for it? Currently I've got some old KEF Q35 speakers, which I suspect won't do my amp justice. In fact I don't even know if the wattage or impedance would be a good or safe match, so your advice on that would also be appreciated! But I'm looking for some well matched speakers that cost around 1-2K some years ago and I guess will be up for sale for 500 quid - ish. The Talk Electronics is meant to be quite forgiving and neutral so I don't need something excessively boomy or light, or at least that's how I understand it to be.

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RE: Best amps from a few years ago

I'd also add Arcam DIVA A85 or Roksan Kandy MKIII. Both are around 10 years old and both are superb. And they both come with a dedicated phono stage for TTs.

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RE: Best amps from a few years ago

Musical Fidelity XA2. One of my biggest hi Fi mistakes was changing this for a Roksan kandy k2. 

The MF owned the Roksan. 

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RE: Best amps from a few years ago

Although not the same I have a Talk Electronics Storm 2 amplifier. A good and underrated brand and good all rounder. Also forgiving for poorer recordings. Speaker wise I'm using a Musical Technology Kestrel which is rather nice.  Some choices I had tried or other people I have read about would be Tannoy or Castle speakers. I would recommend against Dali Lektors for this amp (just don't seem to gel).    

 

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RE: Best amps from a few years ago

I have a Denon PMA720AE which is still very good. 80's amps seem to have more power than modern products? 

 

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RE: Best amps from a few years ago

plastic penguin wrote:

 And they both come with a dedicated phono stage for TTs.

The A85 doesn't. It was an option.

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RE: Best amps from a few years ago

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Yup would certainly add a nice Sony ES. You can get a 670ES for around £200, and the 770ES for around £250-£300. I have had both and they are cracking amps, especially the 770ES, oodles of power, nice and smooth even at high volumes and a decent in-built phonostage.

Not so old but you can get a nice Denon PMA-2000AE for around £500, quite similar in presentation to the 770ES, beast of an amp.

 

Re-visiting an old fav....

 

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RE: Best amps from a few years ago

hoopsontoast wrote:

Re-visiting an old fav....

 

How do the Kefs sound on the end of it?

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RE: Best amps from a few years ago

Dont know yet, one of the bass drivers has gone for repair (rubbing voice coil) so back using the little Kolts atm.

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RE: Best amps from a few years ago

Arcam Alpha 9 and 9P. Should get both for around £500-£600

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RE: Best amps from a few years ago

Thank you chaps but what speakers should i get to do justice to my Talk Electronics Hurricane / Tornado / Whirlwind setup?

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RE: Best amps from a few years ago

Remember reading a review with a similiar system (with monoblocks).  The speakers used were B&W CDM 1SE in which he reviewed very highly.  Cannot comment myself as i have never heard them.  Only saw the review when looking for information on my own amp.

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RE: Best amps from a few years ago

Some just went on ebay for 400. That's the sort of thing i'm after. Cheers

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RE: Best amps from a few years ago

OK I got some Castle Howard S2 speakers to go with the Talk Electronics amp - can't wait to hear them!

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