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My setup is marantz pm6005 and q acoustics concept 20. The sound is good and detailed, but it really lacks punch. I have heard that the nad 3020 could give me what i am wanting. Any thoughts guys? :rockout:

 

 

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See if you can get to hear an Exposure 1010.  Similar price to the NAD D3020 (I assume you mean this rather than the old 3020), far less features but an oustanding quality of sound and plenty of punch.  A much more convincing all-rounder than the Marantz but you need to be open to the idea of a very basic feature set. 

As for the NAD I can't comment as I haven't heard it.  My previous experience of NAD amps such as the C325BEE and C326BEE is that they are extremely musical and enjoyable with plenty of punch, but the sound can veer a bit too far the other way and lack refinement.  Either way the new D3020 has to be worth listening to.  You might also want to try Rotel's RA10 and RA11 (depending on which features you need).

Don't make a change without auditioning first.

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Hmm, which one of those you recommend have optical which im using.

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If you want an amp with optical built-in then you are limited to the NAD D3020 or the Rotel RA-11.

If the built-in DAC is important to you then I think you should definitely audition the NAD.  Their amps have always been more fun and more involving than the Marantz ones IMO, and I wouldn't expect the D3020 to be a significant departure.

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Turn the volume up!

Chris

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Maybe you have to change to floorstander speakers :quest:  What is the size of your room ?

Also an optical cable is not the ideal one for music listening try to demo a good RCA cable one .

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ISAC69 wrote:

Maybe you have to change to floorstander speakers :quest:  What is the size of your room ?

Also an optical cable is not the ideal one for music listening try to demo a good RCA cable one .

 

Utter rubbish!

Apple lossless - Netgear Nighthawk - ATV3 - AVI ADM 40.  

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A good amplifier, suitably paired with the right speakers, should have presence even at low volumes.

As for optical cables, they are no problem at all.

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Hi Chr78

I'll recommend that you should also consider Monitor Audio's new A100 amplifier Smile The A100 should be available fairly soon.

All the best

Rick @ Musicraft

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If you can afford it and if you can find one, a Creek 50A with onboard dac module.

Not cheap but a real, serious improvement.

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davedotco wrote:

If you can afford it and if you can find one, a Creek 50A with onboard dac module.

Not cheap but a real, serious improvement.

The Creek Ruby DAC module will not be available for a while yet. Probably another few months.

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MUSICRAFT wrote:

Hi Chr78

I'll recommend that you should also consider Monitor Audio's new A100 amplifier Smile The A100 should be available fairly soon.

All the best

Rick @ Musicraft

Hello Rick,

Could you tell me more about the A100 ? I've been waiting to try this one out but it's not available in Holland yet.

Have you heard one already ?

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chebby wrote:

davedotco wrote:

If you can afford it and if you can find one, a Creek 50A with onboard dac module.

Not cheap but a real, serious improvement.

The Creek Ruby DAC module will not be available for a while yet. Probably another few months.

I was told exactly that about a year ago........ :?

I don't know what it is with Creek but they seem to be making it increasingly difficult to buy their products.

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relocated wrote:

ISAC69 wrote:

Maybe you have to change to floorstander speakers :quest:  What is the size of your room ?

Also an optical cable is not the ideal one for music listening try to demo a good RCA cable one .

 

Utter rubbish!

I see that your system bellow is quite rubbbish for music...

Apple Lossless - ATV3 - AVI ADM 40  also ATV3 into AVI ADM 9T [my wife's system]

and Grado SR80i

Hi Fi : Proac Studio 140MK2 / Rotel RC 1580 / Rotel RB 1582 / Rotel RCD 1520 / B&W P7 / Tellurium Q & WireWorld cables   

 

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ISAC69 wrote:

relocated wrote:

ISAC69 wrote:

Maybe you have to change to floorstander speakers :quest:  What is the size of your room ?

Also an optical cable is not the ideal one for music listening try to demo a good RCA cable one .

 

Utter rubbish!

I see that your system bellow is quite rubbbish for music...

Apple Lossless - ATV3 - AVI ADM 40  also ATV3 into AVI ADM 9T [my wife's system]

and Grado SR80i

:clap:

ROFL

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lpv wrote:

ISAC69 wrote:

relocated wrote:

ISAC69 wrote:

Maybe you have to change to floorstander speakers :quest:  What is the size of your room ?

Also an optical cable is not the ideal one for music listening try to demo a good RCA cable one .

 

Utter rubbish!

I see that your system bellow is quite rubbbish for music...

Apple Lossless - ATV3 - AVI ADM 40  also ATV3 into AVI ADM 9T [my wife's system]

and Grado SR80i

:clap:

ROFL

I'll bet it will eat yours in 5 seconds.. sorry

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