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Thread: Amp recommendations please :)

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    Join Date: Oct 2019

    Location: West Berkshire

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    I'm Martin.

    Default Amp recommendations please :)

    Further to my previous (and first!) post in the "welcome" section....

    I have an Audio Analogue Maestro CD player, and I've recently changed my Mono Pulse speakers (for sale btw) for some Neat Iota Alpha's (lounge re-arrange, smaller size needed!) but my amp, an Audio Analogue Puccini SE has expired!

    So, I'm now looking for another amp... Something that would sound as good, or ideally better than the Puccini and I'd like to go UK made as well.

    A friend recommended a Rega Elicit-R, but quite expensive (for me) so, unless it would blow me away, maybe the Elex-R? Or possibly something from Naim?... or other suggestions please. I'd be looking to buy pre-loved/ex-demo, ideally £5-£700.

    My main focus is on sound quality, but I'd like a remote and if it can be connected to a device to stream that would be handy, but not essential - I've just bought a Tangent Ampster for my 'man-cave' so have dipped my toe, for the first time into streaming from my phone!

    I like a smooth sound, nothing harsh or bright, but I like clarity and detail, but not clinical, if that makes sense at all!

    I know the way to decide is to audition, but any suggestions as to what to audition would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks

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    Join Date: Sep 2009

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    there will be a lavardin is ref soon available at around 1250 ish . no remote but lovely liquid sound . not mine but i can out you in touch with owner . no remote and lovely condition . its french though so not meeting your bristish criteria . some good dealers in Uk for lavardin
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    If you can't manage the Elicit-r, i can strongly recommend the excellent Elex-r. Will do all you want.

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    I have a Roksan Caspian with remote and original box and internal packaging

    https://www.whathifi.com/roksan/caspian-m2/review

    £750
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    You have PM

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    Join Date: Jun 2014

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    A Musical Fidelity A3.2 integrated would be well inside your budget. My brother has had one for many years now, and it's never missed a beat. Solid build, looks good imo, sounds good, and can really kick ass if needed. And they come with a remote
    Pining for the fjords? What kind of talk is that? And why did he fall flat on his back the minute I got him home?

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    Consider these-
    https://m.aliexpress.com/item/328670...A1571502756298

    Don’t let the low price put you off, these are very good. Around 60w/ch with the first 10w in Class A. They do run hot.

    I think they are a Pass design, or possibly the JLH class A, it whatever they are, they really do sound very nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ali Tait View Post
    Consider these-
    https://m.aliexpress.com/item/328670...A1571502756298

    Don’t let the low price put you off, these are very good. Around 60w/ch with the first 10w in Class A. They do run hot.

    I think they are a Pass design, or possibly the JLH class A, it whatever they are, they really do sound very nice.

    Looks interesting. Do they also do an integrated amp version?

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    Check the private exhibition section, kfotheringham is selling a 3 month old Audiolab 6000A for £450.


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    Join Date: Oct 2019

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    I'm Martin.

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    Thanks for all the replies chaps

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