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Question Integrated Amp help for Monitor Audio Silver 6

Looking for an integrated amp for my Monitor Audio Silver 6s. 6s is a bit forward though they're under 50 hours. I have read the CA CXA80 is also forward so may not be a good match.

The budget is around $500 to $800 new or used, and up to $1000 for an integrated with asynch USB.

With the $500 to 800 option, I will add a DAC for computer audio.

Thus far, I have in consideration the following...

refurb NAD C326BEE
new Cambridge Audio CXA 80 (built-in asynch USB)
pre-owned Hegel H80 (built-in asynch USB) (budget stretch)
pre-owned Rotel RA-1570 (built-in asynch USB)
pre-owned Arcam A19
pre-owned Peachtree

Any others?

Listening position is 10ft away.
The room is 15x19ft.
Music genres - all over the place; pop, rock, electronic, jazz, etc.

Thanks!

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I have the Rotel RA-1570 (120w/ch) and I think it is a very good amp, and if you can get a deal on it, so much the better. Despite Internet rumors, I find it a generally mellow amp, not the least bit harsh or bright.

http://rotel.com/en-gb/product/ra-1570

Any brightness in this video comes from the Camera not the speakers or amp -


I don't think you would have a problem with the Cambridge CXA80 (80w/ch) unless your room is also exceptionally bright, which would be a problem with any amp.

https://www.cambridgeaudio.com/products/cx/cxa80

While the NAD 326 (50w/ch) is a good amp, the power is relatively low and I won't put it in a class with the other amps.

https://nadelectronics.com/product/c...ted-amplifier/

Hegel
are good, but from memory are very minimalist amps. Though the Hegel H80 does have Optical, Coaxial, and USB input, plus 75w/ch.

http://www.hegel.com/products/integrated/h80

Same with Arcam, and that particular Arcam FMJ A19 does not have a lot of power, about 50w/ch. If I'm spending serious money, then I want some serious power. Also, the Arcam would fall into the Minimalist category.

http://www.arcam.co.uk/products,FMJ,....htm#techspecs

Peachtree
make very good amps, though you didn't indicate the specific model or the price. It depends on the model, the cost, and the power, but overall good amps.

https://www.peachtreeaudio.com/all-p...fiers-dac.html

Again, you didn't give us the prices, but assuming similar prices, the Rotel RA-1570 offers the most features and the most power while still being regarded as a quality amp. And since I have one, that is the direction I would lean. Though again, it depends on the specific price of each amp.

I paid about $1500 for my Rotel RA-1570, but $1600 is closer to the common selling price, and the new replacement RA-1572 runs about $1700 -

http://www.rotel.com/product/ra-1572

http://www.abt.com/product/114848/Ro...BK-RA1572.html

http://www.abt.com/product/70498/Rot...RA1570SIL.html

Steve/bluewizard

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I have the older RX6, used to use them in a 2ch setup with a Marantz integrated and they sounded great together.

I'd check out the PM7005 (60w/8ohm) for your Silver 6. It has an async USB input and high build quality (Made in Japan).
The PM8005 is similar to the model I had (I used the older PM8004), which bumps up the power 10 watts and uses a toroid power transformer, where it looks like the 7005 uses an EI. The PM8005 doesn't have any digital inputs which is what you're after.

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I have the Rotel RA-1570 (120w/ch) and I think it is a very good amp, and if you can get a deal on it, so much the better. Despite Internet rumors, I find it a generally mellow amp, not the least bit harsh or bright.

http://rotel.com/en-gb/product/ra-1570

Any brightness in this video comes from the Camera not the speakers or amp -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-QyCBFCTtM

I don't think you would have a problem with the Cambridge CXA80 (80w/ch) unless your room is also exceptionally bright, which would be a problem with any amp.

https://www.cambridgeaudio.com/products/cx/cxa80

While the NAD 326 (50w/ch) is a good amp, the power is relatively low and I won't put it in a class with the other amps.

https://nadelectronics.com/product/c...ted-amplifier/

Hegel are good, but from memory are very minimalist amps. Though the Hegel H80 does have Optical, Coaxial, and USB input, plus 75w/ch.

http://www.hegel.com/products/integrated/h80

Same with Arcam, and that particular Arcam FMJ A19 does not have a lot of power, about 50w/ch. If I'm spending serious money, then I want some serious power. Also, the Arcam would fall into the Minimalist category.

http://www.arcam.co.uk/products,FMJ,....htm#techspecs

Peachtree make very good amps, though you didn't indicate the specific model or the price. It depends on the model, the cost, and the power, but overall good amps.

https://www.peachtreeaudio.com/all-p...fiers-dac.html

Again, you didn't give us the prices, but assuming similar prices, the Rotel RA-1570 offers the most features and the most power while still being regarded as a quality amp. And since I have one, that is the direction I would lean. Though again, it depends on the specific price of each amp.

I paid about $1500 for my Rotel RA-1570, but $1600 is closer to the common selling price, and the new replacement RA-1572 runs about $1700 -

http://www.rotel.com/product/ra-1572

http://www.abt.com/product/114848/Ro...BK-RA1572.html

http://www.abt.com/product/70498/Rot...RA1570SIL.html

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"Hegel are good, but from memory are very minimalist amps"


This is also my issue with Hegel. I need something on the order of four or more analog RAC inputs and the newer ones don't have it. Wonderful sound though.
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If I can get the Hegel H80 for close to the Cambridge CXA80, is the Hegel a no brainer? The USB is important to me. The H80 support up to 24/96 whereas the CXA80 supports 24/192.

I can also get the Rotel RA-1570 for around the same.
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If I can get the Hegel H80 for close to the Cambridge CXA80, is the Hegel a no brainer? The USB is important to me. The H80 support up to 24/96 whereas the CXA80 supports 24/192.

I can also get the Rotel RA-1570 for around the same.

I have the little older H100 and really really like it.
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I think the Cambridge or Marantz sound will pair well with the Silver 6. I found the entry level Arcam to run out of breath a little too quickly
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If I can get the Hegel H80 for close to the Cambridge CXA80, is the Hegel a no brainer? The USB is important to me. The H80 support up to 24/96 whereas the CXA80 supports 24/192.

I can also get the Rotel RA-1570 for around the same.

I would go with the Arcam; they sound very good.

The Hegel is also very good.
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Thanks for the advice guys. I scored the Hegel H80 for the cost of a CXA80. Looking forward to great things with this new setup.
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