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    Join Date: Sep 2009

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    I'm Josie.

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    Hi all.

    A friend of mine is looking for a decent integrated amplifier for not much outlay. Phono stage would be good too.

    Her speakers are Tannoys but can't remember the type.

    Can anyone recommend something, old or new it's not an issue so long as it sounds decent.

    Many thanks
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    Sony's old ES range of integrateds with phono look like a lot of sound per pound. Robert (Robbiegong) would be a good source of info on quality Japanese amps.
    Excuse me, are you the Judean People's Front?

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    What about a Denon PMA-350SE? My favourite budget amp!

    A good one is under 100 on ebay. They sound remarkably nice through Tannoys and offer a useful and punchy 50 watts. If you're lucky, you'll find one with the excellent optional phono stage already included. I've had a couple of these and they always make me smile when I try them 'cos they sound so darn good, the transparency is way better than you'd expect.

    Just did a search and found this very nice example with phono stage here: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Denon-PMA...kAAOSwqHFce9HC
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    not much wrong with Arcam Alpha Amps. I think from 5 to 10 they all carried and internal phono stage ??. Cheap on ebay and lots of them generally

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    What about a Denon PMA-350SE? My favourite budget amp!

    A good one is under 100 on ebay. They sound remarkably nice through Tannoys and offer a useful and punchy 50 watts. If you're lucky, you'll find one with the excellent optional phono stage already included. I've had a couple of these and they always make me smile when I try them 'cos they sound so darn good, the transparency is way better than you'd expect.

    Just did a search and found this very nice example with phono stage here: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Denon-PMA...kAAOSwqHFce9HC

    Yeah, nice amp the Denon especially at that money about 50wpc I believe.

    The Sony TA-F540E is another cracking budget piece as Scott (AlexB) here has found https://theartofsound.net/forum/show...-Sony-TA-F540E 90wpc and nice solid build - A lot of amp for what they go for.

    This Sony TA-F630 ES is another very nice amp at 149. 80wpc and great build as is the case with the Sony ES's https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sony-TA-F...YAAOSwE6VcgrtV

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    I have a Kenwood KA-1030 with phono stage that I am looking for 40 for.



    I will be taking it to the Wam show at Kegworth to go in the bring and buy next weekend if not interested.

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    My Denon PMA 350SE is up for sale at 50 but if you need posting im not sure how much this would be - also no Phono stage included with this one..
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    Quote Originally Posted by dantheman91 View Post
    My Denon PMA 350SE is up for sale at 50 but if you need posting im not sure how much this would be - also no Phono stage included with this one..
    I posted an amp about the same size this week via Parcelforce and it cost 18.
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    there will be plenty of amps at kegworth i think . firebottle and i may be taking a big philips FA880 too which is rather good
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    I did not know there was a bring & buy there - so I will bring my Bow Wazoo XL which I haven't got round to putting on eBay yet. Sorry about the thread hijack Josie, as you were.
    Excuse me, are you the Judean People's Front?

    T/T: Inspire Monarch, X200 tonearm, Ortofon 2M Black. Phono: Yaqin MS-22B CD: Densen Beat B400 Plus; Headphone/pre: Myryad Z40; Amp: Audion Silver Night 300b stereo
    Speakers: Zu Omen Def. Atlas Equator interconnects, Atlas Hyper 3.0 speaker cables

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    Echo Dot, Amptastic Mini-1, Celestion 5's, BK XLS-200 DF

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    Panasonic 42" plasma, Panasonic Blu Ray, Sony a/v amp, MA Radius speakers, REL Storm sub

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