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    Join Date: Oct 2014

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    I'm Richie.

    Default Integrated with phono & DAC

    Following on from the 'Versatile Amps' thread, I am looking into the options for an integrated amp with a DAC and a phono stage.

    My main set up (modded l1210/caiman2/croft epoch/FB Air/Eatons) has always been in the living room, with the second set up (sony ps6750/pioneer sa-9500/minstrels) in an annexe at my in laws. we have been happy with this, as it gave me two options.

    we now have a new member of the family, and the boss is finding the main set up a pain in the ass, with turning everything on, making sure it is off, etc and I am probably listening to music more seriously when I am on my own down at the annexe (I stay there when I work out of Bristol).

    anyway - the mrs has asked for the set ups to be swapped, but I am interested in a newer amp (2nd hand!) that is an all in one solution for the front room. i don't really know too much about what is out there, but a bit of research has come up with the following:

    tq claymore
    xtz a100
    parasound halo integrated
    bel canto c5

    are there any others that I should look into? anyone got anything they would like to sell/swap?

    the tannoys stay, as does the pioneer, but I am up for shuffling around to get something suitable, so anything else would be considered.

    thanks!

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    NAD stuff springs to mind as having a DAC & a phono stage built in (MM only, I think). The 338,368 & the 388 models do.
    Also some of the Rotels.
    What’s the budget?

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    thanks for the suggestions - i will check them out

    as for budget - i reckon about 1K, but flexible

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    Good luck finding a TQ Claymore, I've just sold mine to wee tee cee ( who now owns 2 ), I think there might only be 6 in existence.

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    The tq claymore is worth chasing.

    Fabulous class a head phone section

    USB DAC is the best ive heard.

    Great phono section.

    as an amp in its own right its fantastic.....

    Delighted Mike let me stewardship.

    My other one was Colin Wonfors own amp so hot rodded regards matching of components and some expensive caps.

    Both are rather special at making music!!!

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    Ha. Ok. Let me know if you ever want to shift it

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    Quote Originally Posted by wee tee cee View Post
    The tq claymore is worth chasing.

    Fabulous class a head phone section

    USB DAC is the best ive heard.

    Great phono section.

    as an amp in its own right its fantastic.....

    Delighted Mike let me stewardship.

    My other one was Colin Wonfors own amp so hot rodded regards matching of components and some expensive caps.

    Both are rather special at making music!!!
    Rub it in why don't you

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    Quote Originally Posted by wee tee cee View Post
    The tq claymore is worth chasing.

    Fabulous class a head phone section

    USB DAC is the best ive heard.

    Great phono section.

    as an amp in its own right its fantastic.....

    Delighted Mike let me stewardship.

    My other one was Colin Wonfors own amp so hot rodded regards matching of components and some expensive caps.

    Both are rather special at making music!!!
    stupid telephone numbers price.
    Sony STR 6055 Denon DP80 Stax UA-70 Shure Ultra 500 Zu omen

    Office system, DIY CSS fullrange speakers with aurum cantus G2 ribbons Najda dsp as dac Akai AM-U02 Jvc QL-A51 direct drive turntable
    SAE1000LT leema sub

    Garage system another Sony receiver, cassette deck and full range drivers in free air


    System components are subject to change without warning and at the discretion of the owner.

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    best amp ive heard -gary and toppsys lda 30ob lda power amps aside..

    Ye pays yer money and all that!!!

    Both my tq claymores are keepers , one soon to be augmented with a EWA M100 for power duties!!

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    Join Date: Mar 2014

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulf-2007 View Post
    stupid telephone numbers price.
    Reviews thought it was good value at the time

    Can't be many amps that well specified with so many features that cost much less these days, certainly not of the quality of sound on offer. But I do know Colin hated the asking price, he thought it should have been a lot less

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