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New Amp!

Have got my grubby paws on some funds for a new amp!

Having demoed the Rega Elex-R and loved it, I was leaning that way.

However, I've now seen the Primare I22 available at a very good price, and there are other options such as end of line Arcams in the price ball park also.

Budget is £900 plus whatever the Cyrus goes for, and if there is a built in phono stage, I can add in the value of the Rega Fono MM also.... 

I don't think I'm going to have much chance to dem, so hoping the good citizens of the forum might throw some advice my way to narrow the field.

Looking to exert more control over the KEFs particularly in the bass, and to have a little more sparkle in the high end. 

Im not going to be able to change the speakers.

Cheers everyone.

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IMO. You should put Croft on

IMO. You should put Croft on your list, as well as Creek.

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There has been alot of

There has been alot of discussion recently about the significance of SQ in amps. Although it is something to bear in mind I would also think about inputs (digital and analog), outputs, tone controls, power, build quality. I have the cambridge CX80. With your budget how about the Azur amp? 

 

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I may see if I can get to hear a Cambridge Audio, it's not a brand I've ever really considered.

Similarly, the Creek. I'm sorry, but there's no way I could live with the Croft. It may sound awful, but I'd need to listen from a different room so I don't have to look at it!

More research to be done!

 

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A Cyrus One HD will be worth a try. I’ve used a Cyrus One as a power amplifier in my system, and it’s crazy how good it made the old speakers I’m using sound, which as far as drivers go are similar to the ATC SCM7s. They sounded fine with my Rotel amp (a Class D design like the Primare), but the Cyrus sounds a little more believable due to a little more warmth, but not too much, but with real bass weight that is there when it’s needed. Effortless. 

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Took a punt!

Safe in the knowledge of a 30-day no quibble refund policy, I've only gone and ordered the Primare!!! 

It will arrive tomorrow, so there will be a mad scramble to get home and set it up prior to the football and do some quick listening!

This will be my first new amplifier for 17 years, so I am pretty excited.... I'll be sure to share my thoughts.

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Many congratulations!

I'm a big fan of Primare. Hope it matches your speakers and delivers what you expect of it. Do post your thought after you've had a chance to listen.

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chris_bates1974 wrote:

chris_bates1974 wrote:

Safe in the knowledge of a 30-day no quibble refund policy, I've only gone and ordered the Primare!!! 

It will arrive tomorrow, so there will be a mad scramble to get home and set it up prior to the football and do some quick listening!

This will be my first new amplifier for 17 years, so I am pretty excited.... I'll be sure to share my thoughts.

Good choice....and should work well with with your Kefs (and you won't have to have it in another room. Wink )

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I have Primare and it is a

I have Primare and it is a very nice amp, but I think it will have a more more relaxed sound than the Rega.

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As mentioned cambridge audio,

As mentioned cambridge audio, as i understand the CXA60 sounds better than the CXA80, but the CXA has more power

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if you like the Rega go with

if you like the Rega go with that, no point in going with other's recommendations, i listened to 3 of the amps mentioned

and went with the one i liked best.

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Hearty congratulations chris_bates

chris_bates1974 wrote:

Safe in the knowledge of a 30-day no quibble refund policy, I've only gone and ordered the Primare!!! 

It will arrive tomorrow, so there will be a mad scramble to get home and set it up prior to the football and do some quick listening!

This will be my first new amplifier for 17 years, so I am pretty excited.... I'll be sure to share my thoughts.

Fondly hope you are very pleased with the primare. Can you please share your listening experience once you have heard a bit and have the time please.

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Oops...please discard my above post

Just saw you started a new thread. Thanks Smile

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chris_bates1974 wrote:

chris_bates1974 wrote:

Safe in the knowledge of a 30-day no quibble refund policy, I've only gone and ordered the Primare!!! 

It will arrive tomorrow, so there will be a mad scramble to get home and set it up prior to the football and do some quick listening!

This will be my first new amplifier for 17 years, so I am pretty excited.... I'll be sure to share my thoughts.

didn't realise you have bought the Primare, should read all the posts more carefully, good luck with it

i dont think you will be dissapointed.

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newlash09 wrote:

newlash09 wrote:

chris_bates1974 wrote:

Safe in the knowledge of a 30-day no quibble refund policy, I've only gone and ordered the Primare!!! 

It will arrive tomorrow, so there will be a mad scramble to get home and set it up prior to the football and do some quick listening!

This will be my first new amplifier for 17 years, so I am pretty excited.... I'll be sure to share my thoughts.

Fondly hope you are very pleased with the primare. Can you please share your listening experience once you have heard a bit and have the time please.

 

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