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hi All,

I'm in the market for an amp to use primarily with a turntable. The hifi store has an ex-demo MF A3.5 for $700 which seems like a pretty good deal but I would need to get a phono stage for it (I'm thinking a cambridge audio 640), the marantz on the other hand is a couple of hundred dollars cheaper, has a built in phono stage and is newer technology.

I play only vinyl and can't actually demo either of them (I'm on a small island in the caribbean) so I'm a bit perplexed as to what to do.

I will be pairing the amp with paradigm studio 20s.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I feel like I'm shopping in the dark here!

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Bump...

Going to make a decision today!

Can anybody advise?
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Went with the A3.5. I listened to it and was impressed... since I've no option to listen to the Marantz, I thought I'd trust my ears and go with something that sounds good to me...
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The ability to use an outboard phono section is a big plus IMO. I haven't been that impressed with the phono sections in the regular line Marantz gear. Think you made the right choice.

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...I play only vinyl...

Are you aware of the latest research that established vinyl equipment subject to barescent skor motion?
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Thanks B, i think so too.

Considering the MF phono stage or a nad pp-2i ...leaning toward the MF though. Any thoughts or advice you could give me on a phono stage?
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Are you aware of the latest research that established vinyl equipment subject to barescent skor motion?


Aren't you the clever boy! Well done!
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Thanks B, i think so too.

Considering the MF phono stage or a nad pp-2i ...leaning toward the MF though. Any thoughts or advice you could give me on a phono stage?

Don't have any experience with the new MF phono stage, but the NAD is decent.

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