Originally Posted by sbagot
I'm in the process of buying a pair of Vienna Acoustic Beethoven Baby Grand speakers and a Rel t2 Sub-Woofer. Can any of you guys offer any opinions about the best Amp / Pre Amp or Integrated Amp to power these speakers. I would like a detailed warm sound ( if this is possible ). My budget is about $3000. This will be for music only.( classic, rock, jazz, R&B etc.) Room size is 15' x 24 x 8 high. Wood floors. I welcome any and all suggestions. Thank you.
No expert here but I'll throw out some ideas, based on conversations with "experts".
Best 2 channel sound I've heard used a McIntosh MC275 amp and C2300 preamp (tube systems). Used prices for these will be well above $3000.
"Experts" recommended taking a look at the following integrated tube amps (within budget):
Audio Research Vsi60
The same tube guys also suggested a look at Class D ICE POWER amps. The Wyred 4 Sound W4S ST-500 was recommended.
Although not a 2 channel system. I have heard the Marantz AV8003/MM8003. These can be found in your budget and I think provide the "detailed warm sound" you are looking for.
You have many great choices at $3000 - tube, solid state, integrated, separates. Go to audiogon and have fun looking!