Originally Posted by mpmct
The Arcam A70 at 50 watts a channel will power the GS10s fine, but at reference levels it might not sound as controlled. I carry Arcam and Parasound Halo, among others, and I can tell you that I would recommend the Halo P3 and A23. You will get almost double the power, higher current, and separate components.
Arcam makes great components, but they are a politer sounding amplifier, and those GS10's will appreciate the extra current.
Update: have been running my new A70 and CD192 since yesterday evening, non-stop, with the GS 10s. My longer term plan is to add a "P70" power amp to the configuration, assuming of course that Arcam makes one -- that's a big assumption, I understand. Arcam told me by email that they had no comment regarding a future "P70". I'm taking my chances, but budget requires. It always comes down to budget, no?
Considering that I'm ancient ( 50 yrs old ), and must have suffered significant high frequency hearing loss from the hours upon hours of listening to Pete Townshend through headphones at dangerously levels, back in my youth ... some comments, for whatever they're worth, and some questions too:
The Arcam gear is very ... refined. Very clean, very articulate. The bass is also ... very clean, even maybe 'lean', as I've read others describe it on various forums. That suits me perfectly, but I suspect wouldn't suit everyone. I heard the GS 10s through a Musical Fidelity A3.5 ( or something like that ), and liked the sound very much. But I preferred the Arcam sound. I don't have adjectives to describe the difference. But I sure heard a difference in ... timbre, in emphasis. Maybe I was imagining, I don't know.
I'm using some broken-in Nordost Red Dawns, bi-wired. I have an old set of Kimbers, bottom of the line. Interestingly, with the GS 10s, for all my prejudice for lean and clean, and my old ear drums, the Kimbers sound cleaner. Yes, I would also describe them as somewhat darker, less articulate, but the Red Dawns are ... sort of cluttered in the ... mid/high treble range? The very highest treble notes are crystal clear, but somewhere just beneath the highest cymbal notes, the sound is cluttered, and frankly, annoying. My first question is then, to AudioArchitect and anyone else: have you heard the GS 10s, fully broken in ( mine have now 21 days 24/7 play time ) with Nordost cables -- Red Dawns, or any other models?
Something else ... my dealer sent me home with a pair of Nordost Vishnu power cables, for trial. Knowing what they will cost me, I still have to admit that they are indeed faster, more detailed, and also slightly 'leaner' than the stock Arcam cables. I was *not* a believer until I did 10 or more swaps. Alas.
Something else again ... I listened to Dynaudio bookshelves, the Focus series
at a dealer too far from me -- but the nearest dealer nonetheless. They were powered by an Arcam FMJ 32 integrated, and source was the FMJ CD player, forget the model number. If I hadn't already purchased the GS 10s. Exquisite, is the only adjective that I can think of.
Finally, can anyone offer advice regarding a safe/reasonable run-in time for
both the A70 and the CD192? My dealer suggested 100 hrs each. Is that in the ball park?