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    Default Power/integrated amp reccomendations.

    I've decided to sell off my ampage as I'm tiring of its rather monotone delivery, I listen to a fair amount of scratchy style rock, so need something sweeter. My amps were Naim 72/140/teddycap. I've already put them on Ebay. I've also just bought a Nakamichi ca-5 pre amp, as I heard the phono stage was good. My speakers are Ruark Talisman II, my record deck NAS interspace. I found the naim amps got worse when I introduced the NAS, as it has a more revealing, solid delivery, as the Naim amps exhibit traits of harshness it was not a good match. So I'm now looking for a power amp to match my Nak or an integrated or even pre/power combo and use the Nak only as a phono stage. The Naks matching power amp is quite rare, and I can't hang around months waiting for a decent one to turn up at the right price, I'm not hooked on getting one anyway. My thoughts are Sony ES, early Nait 5's, as I hear they're quite sweet, or small cheap UK brands like NVA, I really don't have a clue! Would rather make at a part informed decision, as buying/selling hifi can be a bit of a chore. I also listen to a cdp, well, not much, but its there. And I'm looking to get into streaming as well. Budget up to around 700. After reading a thread on here about the ALbarry amps, they intrigue me as well, tbh, there's so much out there. I did like parts of the Naim sound, but as I said it was just too grainy/harsh. I don't to go too much the other way. I did read one review of the Nak ca-5 pre that said it had a valve like sweetness to it, don't how how much truth is in that! Grateful for any suggestions.

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    Quad 909?

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    Perhaps the modern Exposure amps.

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    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F362023641243

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    120 volt though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    120 volt though.
    Ah, transformer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    Ah, transformer?
    Yeah.

    No big deal, but adds to the outlay and keeps the value down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Yeah.

    No big deal, but adds to the outlay and keeps the value down.
    Bit of negotiation to cover the transformer and jobs a good un. They review well too. Nice bit of kit.



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    Amplification: Nelson Pass DCB1 & Firebottle Monoblocks (Telefunken Valves) & Monarchy Audio SM-70 Class A Amplifier
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    Bit of negotiation to cover the transformer and jobs a good un. They review well too. Nice bit of kit.
    Nah. If you want something from Nelson Pass, what about a pair of Aleph 2 monos?


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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Nah. If you want something from Nelson Pass, what about a pair of Aleph 2 monos?

    YES !! They look proper beefy. I bet they are cracking!

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