The time has come for the top ten budget amplifiers list.
nominations here.............. Will NAD make the list?
Audiolab 8000A £299 in 1986.
And deadly for 12000 years is Carbon 14
For me the Marantz PM44SE has to feature somewhere in this top ten. £250 new in early 90's and excellent amplifier in its time.
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Pioneer SA-706, retailed around £170 in 1976 when first produced, which takes closer to the midrange sector. Cracking amp.
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Definitely 8000A, but how about the original Naim Nait? That must've been just under £300...hopefully
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ok Audiolab 8000a makes the list.
For me it has to be the NAD C320BEE...
I had one up until a few years back and it was absolutely superb; even better than my Dads Musical Fidelity XA-1 I thought...
Only sold it as I bought a 2nd hand Arcam Alpha 9 and it's matching power amp and then sold them to get a Marantz CR603...
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I bought an A and R Cambridge A30 amp for 139£ in 1977 approx. It used to do really well in blind listening tests. It had a beautiful euphonic sound. It was THE amp to buy in its price range at that time
I heard the NAD 3020A - a good amp - but not as good as the A30.
The Pioneer A400 is another class act. I still have the A30 and A400 but use a CA 840A V2
Oooo you shouldn't replicate other people's style, s'okay? hehehaha
BTW, rather than put in well known makes how about lesser known amps.
any amp is welcome...... I think the NAD 320 might make it, also the A400....
we shall see.
What about the Denon PMA 250. ........ bucket loads sold!
marantz pm 7200.
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Number one on this list has to be the original NAD 3020. (My first one cost about £70).
It was a revolutionary product and NAD sold 1.1 million of them. (Far more if you include subsequent variants.)
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Musical Fidelity A1 Amp.
I bought the A100 in 1990 for £500, I think the A1 was £300, pretty much the same amp just less power (30W compared to 50W IIRC).
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In what sense?
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