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    Hi All, you may be able to help me here. My full set up is geared towards DJ ing. Two technics 1210 mk3, a Vestax pcv 275 mixer ( which acts as a pre amp )and an Audiolab 8000a integrated amp. My thoughts now are that as the Audiolab canít work as a power amp I would like to change it for a dedicated power amp as it seems wrong to have both the mixer and the amp working as pre amps. The amp owes me £170 so was wandering what recommendations you could offer as a suitable replacement around this budget. I do enjoy the clarity of the Audiolab which seems to suit the Kefs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andydaa View Post
    I do enjoy the clarity of the Audiolab which seems to suit the Kefs.
    I'm not really keen on the Audiolab 8000a. To me they sound a bit dull.

    There's not much around in the way of power amps at £170, but if you were lucky, you might pick up a Quad 306. That would offer an improvement in sound quality, assuming the high input sensitivity works with the Vestax mixer.
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    Ok, thanks for that. I don’t mind increasing price to get something better. Was thinking with the speakers being 4 ohms was a key factor but never really thought about the mixer’ sensitivity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andydaa View Post
    Ok, thanks for that. I don’t mind increasing price to get something better. Was thinking with the speakers being 4 ohms was a key factor but never really thought about the mixer’ sensitivity.
    In that case, you could look at the Quad 606 or 606 Mk.II. They cost a little more, but offer 140 watts into 8 ohms and 220 watts into 4 ohms, more than enough. And they're built like a tank! If you drop one on your foot, you'll need hospital treatment and the amp will probably come out of it unscathed .
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    Won't be easy to get a 606 for £170
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    Around your budget I would look at the rotel 800 & 900 series power amps, they are more than capable of driving a 4 Ohm load. Have used a mates RB970BX to drive my Usher Dancer Mini 2s to good effect.

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    Excellent, will check out those recommendations. Quite happy to spend more if I get a marked improvement. Thanks.

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    You can make the 8000a into a power amp as I did it to one I had years ago. You have to remove 2 resistors. I still have the manual somewhere if you are interested in this simple mod.
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    That would be great. Did it make much of a difference for you?

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