Right I owe you one when you recommend the EMC 1UP and Cno, Electro.
Give the MIT a chance and see or rather hear whats the diff. between bright upfront , laidback and warm, and balanced is all about. My Focal 1028be which were mostly considered as forward sounding..Well not anymore..but the detail was there and more listenable for long period and the timbre of every instrument is to die for.
Electrocompaniet EMC 1UP / Musical Fidelity AMS 35i / Focal Electra 1028be / MIT AVt MA speaker cable-Matrix 12 xlr / Chord powerchord / GIK acoustics
CNoEvil, Macspur, Roby and all the rest who contributed to this thread - I too enjoyed reading all your postings. I'm soon to buy an IA 4 so your views have been of particular interest to me, so many thanks.
Just to throw another name into the mix, there is another integrated class A amp in roughly the same price range as the AMS 35i which I think is worth a listen - the Accuphase E-560. It puts out 30w, doesn't run quite as hot as other class A amps, sounds fabulous and IMHO looks gorgeous.
Always good to hear about other great amps.....let us know it compares against the IA-4.
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Read some great things about Accuphase, a brand that really intrigues me, but never had the opportunity to hear any of their products.
Will you be having a shoot out between the Sugden and
the E560? or have you settled on the IA-4?
Accuphase E350 amp, Electrocompaniet EMC1UP CDP, Siltech 25th Classic anniversary 330I XLR Harbeth Super HL5 on Sound Anchor Quod ELS63 stands, Chord Odessey2 speaker cable. Grado SR60 headphones.
Iceman, the pleasure is all mine... the fact that you've put together such a superb system and that I've had some input really pleases me.
Thank you for your offer on the other thread, you just enjoy your set up for now and I may take you up on it in the new year... thank you again.
Hi Mac, I've ordered the IA-4, so there's no turning back!
Seriously though, I'm going for the Sugden because I've auditioned it with my speakers and I was drawn to the sound. Also, I think it's a damn fine amp for the money (about 65% the price of the Accuphase and 57% the price of the AMS 35i, both of which are also stunningly good nonetheless) and I like the idea of owning something made by a small, almost boutique manufacturer that doesn't simply make products to fit prevailing trends but instead simple, no frills products that just sound good.
Seriously though, I'm going for the Sugden because I've auditioned it with my speakers and I was drawn to the sound. Also, I think it's a damn fine amp for the money (about 65% the price of the Accuphase and 57% the price of the AMS 35i, both of which are also stunningly good nonetheless) and [b]I like the idea of owning something made by a small, almost boutique manufacturer that doesn't simply make products to fit prevailing trends but instead simple, no frills products that just sound good.[/b]
Yeah I totally agree. IIRC, someone on here bought the Sugden monoblocks and pre-amp and got invited to the Sugden factory, how cool is that?
Yes, I read on another forum about someone who was interested in buying the Sugden A 21 SE. The company actually loaned him one to audition at home. Needless to say, he bought the amp.
Great nice amp, you will be very happy with it! Heard with Proac and was very very good!
Spot on Singslinger.
I know you won't regret your purchase... just keep us posted as and when you upgrade your source.
Apologies for resurrecting this thread, but just wanted to make aware, whoever's interested,
I have taken the plunge and moved on my beloved Sugden and will be receiving an Accuphase E350 next week.
As many will know I've been dabbling with a variety of cables, isolation and room treatment solutions, but quite honestly the way that was heading in terms of cost, at this moment in time, I couldn't justify it .
This is a blind purchase, but from what I've read and from conversations I've had, this should be a step up in performance... The Accuphase does have tone controls which could be one way of taming my slight boom issue, plus it has an excellent headphone amp built in.
I'd be kidding myself if I said I wasn't a little nervous, as I really do like the IA-4, but as you can see from this thread, I have been looking to change it for a while now and yes it will have to be a special amp to better it... time will tell.
Wow, big news. Good luck with that, look forward to hearing how you go.
Were you able to do trade-in on the Sudgen?
Didn't consider the Electro to match your CDP?
MF AMS-Primo / MF AMS-35P / Linn Akurate DS / Focal Utopia Diablos / Krix Epicentrix / Focal Dome 2 / JL Audio Fathom F110 / JL Audio Fathom F112 / Bryston 10B-Sub / Yamaha RX-Z7 / Oppo Nuforce BDP-93 / PS3 / QNAP TS-219P Turbo NAS
Congrats Mac - I'm sure you'll enjoy the Accuphase paired with your Harbeths. Let us know how you like it once it's bedded in and you've had time to get accustomed to the sound.
No, all private sales, but got very close to my asking price for the Sugden, probably more than if I'd gone through a dealer.
I have considered Electro, but if I were to do that, I wanted to try the pre/power route and I just haven't ever seen certainly the power amp at an attractive enough price... The Accuphase is as rare as hens teeth
in the UK, rarely see them on the SH market, so when this came up I just had to go for it.
BTW, Focal supposed to be a great match with Accuphase.
Sure will Singslinger... did PM you over on PFM a few days ago.
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