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Brio-R + KEF?
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Hello,

So, I have a Brio-R amp currently powering my pair of old JBL E80's.

I have these hooked up to my music hall 2.2 TT and im looking to upgrade.

I was looking at the KEF Q900's a buddy is selling to me for $1000 for the the pair(great deal!)...would the Brio-R be a good match for the Q900's?

I know the Q900's can go sub 4ohms at times...let me know what you think.

I would be willing to get a better amp as well.

Thanks,

Ryan

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RE: Brio-R + KEF?

Pesonally, I would be looking at the R Series, and would rather have LS50s / R300s (even though they appear smaller).

The Q Series are OK, but the the R Series are imo exceptional....just a thought.

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RE: Brio-R + KEF?

I would get a better and more powerful amp as well.

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BigH wrote:

I would get a better and more powerful amp as well.

I was getting to that.......but more gradually / gently......one step at a time.  Wink

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BigH wrote:

I would get a better and more powerful amp as well.

ouch!

 

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RE: Brio-R + KEF?

Hmm, I thought the sound quality of the Q900 wasnt bad at all...not as good as the R700 but remember I'm looking about a third the price here.

Lets say I already bought the Q900's Smile which amp should I look at if I was going to upgrade?

Thanks,

 

Ryan

 

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reickmey wrote:

Hmm, I thought the sound quality of the Q900 wasnt bad at all...not as good as the R700 but remember I'm looking about a third the price here.

Lets say I already bought the Q900's Smile which amp should I look at if I was going to upgrade?

Thanks,

Ryan

In that case, lets say you should live with it for a while and take it from there.

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RE: Brio-R + KEF?

I like your moves, CnoEvil...will do.

 

I'm planning on shooting for a much larger overall upgrade for my 30th birthday in a few years...so more to come.

 

Thanks guys!

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reickmey wrote:

I like your moves, CnoEvil...will do.

 

I'm planning on shooting for a much larger overall upgrade for my 30th birthday in a few years...so more to come.

 

Thanks guys!

You must have got me in a more moderate mood......I usually have a reputation for encouraging fiscal recklessness.....though there's still time!   >)

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RE: Brio-R + KEF?

Try the kandy k2 wonderful amp with plenty of power and is regarded to be good quality at the price point, how much are you looking to spend ? 

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CnoEvil wrote:

reickmey wrote:

I like your moves, CnoEvil...will do.

 

I'm planning on shooting for a much larger overall upgrade for my 30th birthday in a few years...so more to come.

 

Thanks guys!

You must have got me in a more moderate mood......I usually have a reputation for encouraging fiscal recklessness.....though there's still time!   >)

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Yes the Kandy K2 is good value now, seen it for £645 new recently, certainly more power than the Rega. The Rega should be OK fow low Ohms, "Rega claims the new output stage can reasonably drive outputs “as low as 1.7 ohms.”

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BigH wrote:

Yes the Kandy K2 is good value now, seen it for £645 new recently, certainly more power than the Rega. The Rega should be OK fow low Ohms, "Rega claims the new output stage can reasonably drive outputs “as low as 1.7 ohms.”

 

Correct the Brio R is quite capable of driving 4 ohm speakers

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stevebrock wrote:

BigH wrote:

Yes the Kandy K2 is good value now, seen it for £645 new recently, certainly more power than the Rega. The Rega should be OK fow low Ohms, "Rega claims the new output stage can reasonably drive outputs “as low as 1.7 ohms.”

 

Correct the Brio R is quite capable of driving 4 ohm speakers

yes

 

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RE: Brio-R + KEF?

As you have the brio try it. Then if you feel you can gain more try out other amps till you find better or not. 

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RE: Brio-R + KEF?

Cool, Ill try to get a demo of the K2 the next time im at m at my neighboorhood HIFI store.

Thanks guys.

Happy listening!

Ryan

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