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arcam a85 - still any good ?

as subject .. just wondering if its still worth buy ? and at what orice ?  ive been offered it at £299  is that to much money ?

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Re: arcam a85 - still any good ?

The Arcam A85 continues to be a very popular choice for a stereophile HiFi amp, with excellent timing and insight - as long as it's partnered with the right speakers and source. I've had one from new, and have no plans to get rid of it - I'm just looking for some new speakers for it. They are not the most powerful 85W speaker in the world, and a lot of people end up getting a power amp - such as the matching P85 amp - to give them extra oomph and allow for bi-amping.

As for price - £299 sounds in the right ballpark - look on eBay, there's virtually always some for sale there, to check the prices. If possible, try to get one with the optional phono amp fitted, as this allows you to plug a turntable straight in.

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HiFi: Arcam A85; AE Compact 1; Arcam DV79 (as CDP), ProJect Debut II

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Re: arcam a85 - still any good ?

well i did own the a85 with the power amp when it first came out ... got rid when i went homecinema ... so i know how good it was back then... all i was wonderign was if it still holds up

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Re: arcam a85 - still any good ?
TALON1973: well i did own the a85 with the power amp when it first came out ... got rid when i went homecinema ... so i know how good it was back then... all i was wonderign was if it still holds up


Always has been a very good amp. What speakers do you have?

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Re: arcam a85 - still any good ?
TALON1973: as subject .. just wondering if its still worth buy ? and at what orice ?  ive been offered it at £299  is that to much money ?

Hi TALON1973

I'll suggest that you also consider Rotel's superb RA-1062. The RA-1062 is simply a much better amplifier as i and nearly all of my clients who compared the two also discovered over a period of two years regardless of associated components used.

Btw, RA-1062's are also generally available around £300 or so.

All the best

Rick @ Musicraft

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Sys.1 > Mytek Digital Brooklyn > Acoustic Energy AE1A 

Sys.2 > Esoteric N-05 > Kii Audio Control > Kii Audio Three monitors 

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Re: arcam a85 - still any good ?
MUSICRAFT:
TALON1973: as subject .. just wondering if its still worth buy ? and at what orice ?  ive been offered it at £299  is that to much money ?


Hi TALON1973


I'll suggest that you also consider Rotel's superb RA-1062. The RA-1062 is simply a much better amplifier as i and nearly all of my clients who compared the two also discovered over a period of two years regardless of associated components used.


Btw, RA-1062's are also generally available around £300 or so.


All the best


Rick @ Musicraft



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Re: arcam a85 - still any good ?
plastic penguin:
MUSICRAFT:
TALON1973: as subject .. just wondering if its still worth buy ? and at what orice ?  ive been offered it at £299  is that to much money ?


Hi TALON1973


I'll suggest that you also consider Rotel's superb RA-1062. The RA-1062 is simply a much better amplifier as i and nearly all of my clients who compared the two also discovered over a period of two years regardless of associated components used.


Btw, RA-1062's are also generally available around £300 or so.


All the best


Rick @ Musicraft



If you can find one that is... they're rarer than hens teeth.


+1 on that Smile

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HiFi: Arcam A85; AE Compact 1; Arcam DV79 (as CDP), ProJect Debut II

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Re: arcam a85 - still any good ?

Hey guys..just reading thru in thought u might like to know theirs a Rotel amp on ebay for £299 at the mo...

Might go for about £400 by the time bidding has finished...but worth keeping an eye on...

A fantastic amp if you can grab one...It will outperform most amps twice the price and some...:)

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ROTEL-RA-1062-Stereo-Integrated-Amplifier-Amp-Manual-/140519072837?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Amplifiers&hash=item20b796e445

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Re: arcam a85 - still any good ?
Raggabunny:

Hey guys..just reading thru in thought u might like to know theirs a Rotel amp on ebay for £299 at the mo...

Might go for about £400 by the time bidding has finished...but worth keeping an eye on...

A fantastic amp if you can grab one...It will outperform most amps twice the price and some...:)

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ROTEL-RA-1062-Stereo-Integrated-Amplifier-Amp-Manual-/140519072837?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Amplifiers&hash=item20b796e445

Hi Raggabunny

The RA-1062 is indeed a fantastic amplifier Smile and is the finest overall amplifier which Rotel have produced in the last ten years Big Smile

All the best

Rick @ Musicraft

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Sys.1 > Mytek Digital Brooklyn > Acoustic Energy AE1A 

Sys.2 > Esoteric N-05 > Kii Audio Control > Kii Audio Three monitors 

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Re: arcam a85 - still any good ?

Yes, I'd say its definitely worth a look.  And far better when paired with the P85.  I've had 2 A85s and 2 P85s so they must be doing something right.  £260 - 300 sounds about right to me.

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Re: arcam a85 - still any good ?

Ive had my A85 boxed up for over a year now

Dunno whether to sell on ebay or hold onto it

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aliEnRIK wrote:

Ive had my A85 boxed up for over a year now

Dunno whether to sell on ebay or hold onto it

 

Hey alienRIK

i'd be interested in Making an offer on your arcam if its in top condition and your still considering selling it..

If you are E-mail me on   chopper.com@gmail.com 

 

all the best

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