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post #1 of 3 Old 05-09-2014, 02:56 PM - Thread Starter
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After much reading and following advice, I think I have arrived at a good plan for finding the right amps. For me, this all started when I first got an Oppo 105. After abandoning my Denon 3805 AVR (as suggested) I bridged an old NAD 2200 to a seldom used Maggie MMG-C - seldom used because the Denon kept blowing fuses. The MMG-C sounded unbelievable for a $300 speaker using Oppo's analog outs to the NAD. Ater much searching, I've accumulated two 3.6's, a MC-3, two MC-1s and my old MMG-W's plus a Rythmik plate amp. I just bought my 10th used amp and that is the reason for this post. 

 

We read reviews and try to refine our searches. For most of us it's not possible to hear everything we're interested in before we buy. I think I'm finding a way to overcome this problem. If you want to hear a certain amp, just  buy it used at the best price you can negociate. I also bought a Neqx HDP Express II for speaker and room correction. I plan to set-up my 3.6's using equal volume level controls and start A/B testing all my amps. I'll also run test using the two way MC1's. I'll keep the best and sell the rest. If you want to hear an amp just buy it and try it. It's really pretty simple.:o 

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<p>After much reading and following advice, I think I have arrived at a good plan for finding the right amps. For me, this all started when I first got an Oppo 105. After abandoning my Denon 3805 AVR (as suggested) I bridged an old NAD 2200 to a seldom used Maggie MMG-C - seldom used because the Denon kept blowing fuses. The MMG-C sounded unbelievable for a $300 speaker using Oppo's analog outs to the NAD. Ater much searching, I've accumulated two 3.6's, a MC-3, two MC-1s and my old MMG-W's plus a Rythmik plate amp. I just bought my 10th used amp and that is the reason for this post. </p>
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<p>We read reviews and try to refine our searches. For most of us it's not possible to hear everything we're interested in before we buy. I think I'm finding a way to overcome this problem. If you want to hear a certain amp, just  buy it used at the best price you can negociate. I also bought a Neqx HDP Express II for speaker and room correction. I plan to set-up my 3.6's using equal volume level controls and start A/B testing all my amps. I'll also run test using the two way MC1's. I'll keep the best and sell the rest. If you want to hear an amp just buy it and try it. It's really pretty simple.<img alt="" src="http://files.avsforum.com/images/smilies/redface.gif" style=""> </p>
I went a little crazy and bought several used amps to do AB comparisons for my 3.6's: Mcintosh 2205, Butler 2250, Monarchy SM 70, Bryston 5B ST and a custom remade Odyssey Stratos by Klaus. The remake cost $530 above the cost of a used Stratos. I know this is hard to believe, but the Stratos out performed all amplifiers conneted to a pair of 3.6's. There were details in the sound that just wasn't there in any other amp. I was expecting the Butler and the Mcintosh to be the top contenders and it was hard to overcome my bias. They are great amps, but Klaus did some magic in the Stratos rebuild that is amazing. I will sell the amps that didn't make the grade. I think this is a great way to try amplifiers. If you buy them right, you can get about what you paid for the ones you don't want.
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I went a little crazy and bought several used amps to do AB comparisons for my 3.6's: Mcintosh 2205, Butler 2250, Monarchy SM 70, Bryston 5B ST and a custom remade Odyssey Stratos by Klaus. The remake cost $530 above the cost of a used Stratos. I know this is hard to believe, but the Stratos out performed all amplifiers conneted to a pair of 3.6's. There were details in the sound that just wasn't there in any other amp. I was expecting the Butler and the Mcintosh to be the top contenders and it was hard to overcome my bias. They are great amps, but Klaus did some magic in the Stratos rebuild that is amazing. I will sell the amps that didn't make the grade. I think this is a great way to try amplifiers. If you buy them right, you can get about what you paid for the ones you don't want.

If you really want sound to die for, connect a Musical Fidelity M6PRX to them.

I was using a Bryston 3BSST amp with my Vandersteen Treos, and when I went to the M6PRX the improvement made my jaw hit the floor.

For only $3000 it is hard to believe.
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