It appears the Audiolab is off the list because of cost..... so now two spaces need to be filled.!,
What about the Marantz PM6003?
It's a modern classic which pushed the performance barrier for a budget amp and it is capable of sounding quite stunning with budget partners and more expensive kit alike. I also suspect it has got a huge number of new hi-fi users on the road to audio nirvana.
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So it could be a Top 10 budget amps list without any of the 5 star award winning Marantz?
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Were MF ever classed as Budget?
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A worthy addition to the list!
..and then there were Ten; unless of course, the list is dismantled, due to certain models not meeting the budget criteria.
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Audiolab removed...... apparently over budget.
For sure; £500 in its day. It only dropped in price in relatively recent years and definitely once the brand went to the IAG stable.
£250 at launch in 1984.
[Edit] Actually launched in 1983 but reported by Gramophone in their Feb 1984 issue.
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I suppose it brings up the interesting argument of what constitutes a budget amp.
The Hifi Mag I have from 1987, describes the Nait as "the king of budget amps", and it was £241.50.
At that time the A1 was £209 and the Cyrus 11 and 8000A were both £299. They were all seen as in the same" ball park" soundwise.
As per a previous post, £250 was about 2.5 times the average weekly wage in 1984.
If £600 is the average weekly today then are we saying £1500 amps are budget, only perhaps to footballers and bankers me thinks.
If my theory is incorrect someone say so and why,
Oops! Well, it went up to £500 then...a bit later!
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