Originally Posted by LSL#1
I am looking to buy a integrated amp for my Dynaudio speakers...currently Focus 140, but looking to upgrade to C1 Mk2...and am seriously considering Musical Fidelity M6 500i as well as Audio Research DSI 200. Both have received excellent reviews. I don't have the opportunity to audition either of them before I buy. Does anyone have experience with these integrateds? How well would they pair with Dynaudio?
LSL...while I admit to personally having heard neither; I feel I can at least add an opinion here.
First...I don't think you can make a bad choice, between those 2 pieces. ARC is my favorite maker these days...and the DSi-200 has tempted me on several occasions. OTOH...several members have good results, with Dyn and MF; and the M6 500i is a brute of an IA. Plus...it's conventional A/B; whereas the DSi-200, is class-D. The old adage used to be...Dyns no likee class-D; because they respond to current, not just power. But a) I'm not quite sure I buy that argument, and b) class-D has changed a LOT these days.
I understand not being able to audition...but I think this is too close to call, without hearing for yourself. Do you plan to buy used? I know it can be a little daunting; but if you buy at a good price...you could always try both, and sell the "loser". Hopefully, without losing your shirt
And not to make your choice even harder...but are you a glass man by any chance? In that price range, there are some really nice tube units to be had...and they sing with Dyns. Like this http://app.audiogon.com/listings/tub...t-greenbush-ny
I have to tell ya...I never quite bought the hype behind Octave. I have no doubt they're good; but just so damn expensive. But a guy I bought a tube IA from, told me he's been listening to tube amps for 40 years in the hobby; and some serious stuff. And he said he has NEVER heard anything, like the V40SE he tried. Gotta take that kind of rhetoric seriously! Also...since you mention ARC; the VSi-60 is a sweetheart of an IA...and made my C1 Sigs soar! Also...I can recommend PrimaLuna, without hesitation! They're having a big sale right now...and in your budget, you could easily swing a ProLogue Premium or DiaLogue One IA (and still have money left over, to roll some tubes! I have it on the best authority...that not only will these units auto-bias, so you can roll EL-34s, 6550s, KT88s, KT90s, 6L6GCs, KT66s, 7581s, EL37s...or any equivalent; but, they easily accept KT-120s, and the Premium and DiaLogue lines have been cleared for the beastly KT-150s!)
Oh...and because I haven't made your choice more difficult already (although maybe you're not a glass man at all, and the tube units aren't contenders); if you're looking to settle-down with a quality IA...the Conrad Johnson CA-200, should definitely
be on your list http://app.audiogon.com/listings/sol...-midlothian-va
(no affiliation). It may not "wow" you; but it is quite possibly, the most "musical" unit I've ever had in my system (and I've had plenty...lol
Man, exciting; let us know how it turns out!