Yamaha, Denon, Marantz for my KEF Q300 Suggesations!!..
I ordered KEF Q300 speakers last wednesday from PROFX and got them for Rs 30k ($575) all inclusive, which I think is a pretty good price and I will get them this week hopefully. Now to get an amp for them.
Before I being, Amps here in Kolkata is very limited. Looking for various band for several months and was only been able to find Yahama and Denon, and one NAD 326BEE which i didnt liked.
Atfirst, I contacted Yamaha dealers, as I was willing to get Yamaha AS500 amp to go with the speakers, said they will get me the amp in few days. Now, they are saying its out of stock and dont know when they will have in stock. So I contacted a dealer in outside my city, who has a stock ready and has agreed to send me via courier.
So Before I order it I want to clarify few points.
The first thin I want to know is that, since I didnt get any chance to audition them due to unavailibility, please let me know if they will be a good match. I will prefer a neutral sounding amp so that if needed I can tune the bass and treble setting to my taste. I want more opinions on this thats all.
Secondly, should I consider Marantz PM6004 over Yamaha AS500 with these speakers? Marantz amp have only 45W @ 8ohms per channel and Yamaha have 85W @ 8ohms per channel. I dont know any Marantz dealers here so have to get them from outside my city. I saw both the internal circuit designs of the amps (Yahama, Denon, Marantz), and I think Yahama has done a better job and its more professional looking. But, ofc sound can be different.
Thirdly, I was also informed from Yamaha that AS700 amp and RX-V671 reciever both from Yamaha was better than AS500. I have no idea regarding this. So i need clarifications on this if they will go well with my KEFs and how they compare with AS500 in music reproduction.
I listen to mosty pop/soft rock, classical, country, orchestra, DJ so I concentrate mostly on vocals, instrumentals & clean tight bass.
To note, for now my input source is from my PC having ASUS Xonar STX sound card with left and right analog outputs for speakers which I think is very best that can be found in PC and has a Ti Burr Brown DAC. Later will get a CD Player. Below are its spec:
1x Burr-Brown PCM1792A (stereo mode) - 127dB Dynamic Range - THD+N: 0.0004%
Supports 16-20-24bit up to 192kHz
So, if they are all good together I will order the Yahama AS500 amp. I will not be able to replace it once bought so please advice.
Almost forgot to mention PROFX have Denon PMA-710AE Amp which I auditioned with these speakers. Well this was the only amp I audiotioned and to me they sounded really well. But ofc cant say how good it is compared to Yahama AS500 or Marantz PM6004. Should I also take Denon PMA-710AE Amp into consideration also?