Originally Posted by Fjodor2000
What amplifiers are generally considered a good match for Monitor Audio Silver/Gold speakers?
Some options I'm considering:
* Accuphase E-460
* McIntosh MA6700/7900
* Musical Fidelity M6si
* Musical Fidelity Nuvista 600/800
* Hegel H160/H360
* Lyngdorf TDAI 2170
Are you talking solid state or tube?
If you are talking solid state, then there is no point in spending a lot of money. Any well-designed solid state amp (and you have to go pretty damned far down the food chain, below Emerson, probably, to find one that isn't) will sound the same as any other. A 100 watt Mark Levinson sounds the same as a 100 watt Yamaha. There is, in fact, no reason they shouldn't
. And a gazillion ABX and other double-blind tests have established this.
The same also holds true for two-channel preamps (I am not familiar with any AVR tests, though I believe they're out there) and DACs. Do not waste your money on electronics - they are appliances, no more no less.
If you are looking for tube amps, that's a whole other kettle of fish. Of course, tube amps (and preamps, and DACs) do not produce music accurately, have sometimes bizarre frequency response anomalies, and lack high- and low-frequency extension (they roll off).
Some people like the sound of tubes. Hell, I like it myself sometimes. Tubes can be euphonic and mellow. But you will not have true "high fidelity" with tubes compared to solid state.