Thanks for the information.
There are a few integrated amplifiers that offer excellent sound if you are willing to get into the $1200-1800 price range, including Music Hall, Musical Fidelity, Exposure and Creek.
It's too bad that so many people do not realize the difference in harmonic distortion between amplifiers that are well-engineered and those that are not. They are keeping themselves isolated from a much better quality of sound that is there for the taking if they would open their minds and their ears.
While speakers are certainly important, I am amazed at people who will spend large amounts of money on good speakers and power them with amplifiers that are guaranteed to degrade the sound quality (especially the 90% of the HT receivers, which suck). Garbage in, garbage out.
I found out the hard way back in the 1980s when I spent around $1000 for a set of Polk RTA12 Monitor speakers, which sounded great in the store. They sounded like crap when I got them home, and I was mystified. I couldn't believe that my old amplifier was the problem.
To make a long story short, my old amplifier WAS the culprit, and to make my speakers sound nice I had to get a new one (a NAD 3020), which made them sound MUCH better!
I will be interested what you think of the built-in phono stage. Most are not very good, but since Music Hall makes a lot of turntables I suspect it will be pretty good. If not, the Musical Fidelity V-LPS is very good and not expensive.
Originally Posted by buddahead
Been breaking in my New Music Hall A70.2 integrated.It replaces my 14 year old Rotel integrated. After listening to the Creek 'Exposure'Krell' Rega I chose the MH for its build quality and all around sound.They all sounded good with my MA rs'6. The difference from my old Rotel is quite unreal.This integrated like most Higher End integrated never sound loud.When you turn the volume up you hear each piece of the music get more detail but not excessive volume.Their is no Fatigue.I like the exposure also.Al of these newer Integrated were so much better than the Rotel that their is no comparison.The MH has such a open soundstage and imaging.Plus the MH has 125w into 8ohms.Plenty of power for down the road new speakers.It also has 2 separate mono blocks each with its own Transformer. I like the volume display that goes from 0 to 80 so you can put the volume level at the exact same spot when testing new equipment.I just wished I had gotten this amp sooner if I would have known it would be this much better.Roy Hall did a fine job of this amp and it includes a decent Phono stage for my MH TT'I have yet to use this.Will post on that later.
And let me say some who post here and always say all amps sound alike have no clue.I feel sorry for them.All of these amps I tested had their own sound.And the difference between these higher end integrated and HT recivers are not even funny for 2 channel setups.I own 2 nice HT recievers and they do not come close to this MH integrated.For those who appreciate high end audio please feel free to comment.Thanks Bob