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I will be purchasing Cambridge S30 speakers and I am not sure which Amplifier I need to run them. If you can educate me in this thread that would be great on what kind of amplifier I need and what I need to look for to make sure it can power the two speakers. I would also want a subwoofer. I will be using my Creative Sound Blaster ZxR as the DAC.

I mostly listen to acoustic/alternative music and watch movies on Netflix and television shows on Hulu beside playing video games.

Someone recommended the Jolida FX 10 which I looked into but I am not sure.

I am also looking at the Mordaunt-Short Aviano 2 speakers if anyone has an opinion.

Edit: Sorry I didn't put a budge! $500
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I will be purchasing Cambridge S30 speakers and I am not sure which Amplifier I need to run them. If you can educate me in this thread that would be great on what kind of amplifier I need and what I need to look for to make sure it can power the two speakers. I would also want a subwoofer. I will be using my Creative Sound Blaster ZxR as the DAC.

I mostly listen to acoustic/alternative music and watch movies on Netflix and television shows on Hulu beside playing video games.

Someone recommended the Jolida FX 10 which I looked into but I am not sure.

I am also looking at the Mordaunt-Short Aviano 2 speakers if anyone has an opinion.

Edit: Sorry I didn't put a budge! $500

Is that a budget for the avr/amp only? Or including the sub? I don't see any choices here except the silly looking expensive Jolida thing...10 wpc? That's your only choice so far? You might look at receivers at accessories4less.com to stretch your $. Cambridge specs the speakers at 4-8 ohm nominal impedance and recommends 100wpc (max).

I have S30s in my bar setup, they're nice speakers, I use some older equipment I already had, check my sig.

For a sub I'd look at the Klipsch RW12d on sale this weekend for $280 delivered at newegg.com.

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$500 just for the amplifier itself, that is the only amplifier someone recommended but there has to be a lot more choices right?
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$500 just for the amplifier itself, that is the only amplifier someone recommended but there has to be a lot more choices right?

There are tons of choices. Integrated amps tend to be more expensive because it's such a small niche, avr's are a better deal generally; tube amps aren't even on my radar. Find a suitable avr for bang for the buck (and more capabilities for other applications). Most avrs will come with a suitable DAC as well. IMHO. YMMV.
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I'm trying to get the best sound I possibly can that is why I just want to buy a separate Amplifier and eventually pick up a nice DAC to add to my 2.1 CH setup. When I read articles it looks like a completely different language because I don't know what the graphs are actually comparing.

I'm trying to learn but it's a bit difficult jumping into an entirely different technology.
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An AVR would provide bass management which is important since you plan to use a subwoofer. Integrated amps sometimes have subwoofer inputs but usually no bass management. There are a few integrated amps that do but they are not within a $500 budget (Outlaw RR2150, $699). The Denon 1713 is $449 and features Audyssey MultEQ XT. The current Yamaha receivers are on sale to make way for the new models. For example, the Yamaha RX-V673 is currently $375 on Amazon.
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If you can spend $500 for a receiver or amp you'll be perfectly fine and will have lots of choices.

If you're planning to expand your speaker setup one day then get a AV receiver.

All of these are available for under $500 and will work fine with your Cambridge speakers.

Yamaha RX-V673, $357
http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-V673-7-2-Channel-Network-Receiver/dp/B007JF85WE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365219148&sr=8-1&keywords=yamaha+rx-v673

Denon AVR 1913, $399
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_033AV1913/Denon-AVR-1913.html?tp=179

Pioneer SC-1222, $499
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882117412

You could also go cheaper on the receiver and use $280 for the Klipsch RW-12d subwoofer.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882780078

Then spend $220 or so on a less expensive receiver.

Yamaha RX-V373, $177
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882115373

Denon AVR 1613, $220
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR1613/DENON-AVR-1613-5.1ch-Networking-Receiver-w/AirPlay-3D-ready/1.html

If you live near a Fry's Electronics store they have great deals the Harman Kardon AVR 1565 and 1650 plus Yamaha RX-V373, 473 and 573.
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Thank you very much for the responses and great information glad I came to this forum today. Felt limited with the forum I was on and was close to purchasing a 2 CH Jolida FX-10 biggrin.gif is that Klipsch RW12d that great of a deal right now? I feel like if I pass it up I might miss out.
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It has NEVER been lower than $279. Get it!

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