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post #1 of 14
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Yesterday I bought Usher BE20 for my new stereo system. I'm looking for its amplification. I narrowed my choices to two.

1- Gryphon Diablo integrated amp 2x250w@8ohm, 2x500w@4ohm
2- Vincent sa91 preamp + 2 x Sp-998 mono 2x300w@8ohm, 2x600w@4ohm

Grpyhon's price is almost twice of Vincent set but at this point only thing that I care about is performance. I listened Gryphon with be10 right before I bought be20. It looks like Gryphon is created for Usher, it gives me one of the best sounds I've ever heard but I have doubts of Diablo can drive out be20's full potential. I also can't trust Vincent, since they are a younger company and they are produced in China. It looks like Vincent won't suit be20s quality. I wish I had a chance to listen Vincents too but unfortunately I can't.

I need your quick advices because they are both used products and I don't want to miss them.
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by 13ege View Post

Yesterday I bought Usher BE20 for my new stereo system. I'm looking for its amplification. I narrowed my choices to two.

1- Gryphon Diablo integrated amp 2x250w@8ohm, 2x500w@4ohm
2- Vincent sa91 preamp + 2 x Sp-998 mono 2x300w@8ohm, 2x600w@4ohm

Grpyhon's price is almost twice of Vincent set but at this point only thing that I care about is performance. I listened Gryphon with be10 right before I bought be20. It looks like Gryphon is created for Usher, it gives me one of the best sounds I've ever heard but I have doubts of Diablo can drive out be20's full potential. I also can't trust Vincent, since they are a younger company and they are produced in China. It looks like Vincent won't suit be20s quality. I wish I had a chance to listen Vincents too but unfortunately I can't.

I need your quick advices because they are both used products and I don't want to miss them.


I would stick to what you have listened to and know is good sounding. In the end that is what matters most.

All the best,

Michael
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks Mike,
I know, I'm now trying to convince both sellers to bring amps to my place and compare them. The only problem about Gryphon is that I listened it with Be10 and it's certain that be20 will need more power to show its full potential. I can't be sure of Diablo can do that.
post #4 of 14
Exactly how much SPL are you looking for, dude?
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
I'm actually not good at technical knowledge, I'm good at listening but I'm not looking for to go ear bleeding levels.
post #6 of 14
I honestly don't think you need anything too special here. Yes, I know they're expensive speakers but why do you feel that certain amplification equipment will bring them down?

Not only that, but I think that getting a home theater-type receiver or processor+amp(s) will actually be better than those overpriced two-channel solutions. Why? Room equalization. Rooms can f--- up two-channel sound just as much as they can surround sound and something like Audyssey Pro can probably help you out. You don't have to hook up any surround speakers to a surround receiver or processor, and you don't have to use the surround modes.

Some people swear that two-channel setups sound better but... where's the scientific evidence of such?
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
because details matter.

Let the avrs do their own jobs and let the stereo equipments do theirs.
post #8 of 14
Check out the full specs and reviews for the Vincents at AudioAdvisor.com.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
thanks for the link but can't see sp-998 there.
post #10 of 14
http://www.vincent-tac.de/en/product...er/sp-998.html
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
So? I know its specifications. The thing is I can't trust its build and components' quality. I knew Vincent before but I never see them in reviews or hi-end systems. They look more like mid-end to me..
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by 13ege View Post

So? I know its specifications. The thing is I can't trust its build and components' quality.

Don't worry so much about it.
post #13 of 14
Then go for the Hi-End made here.


http://www.mcintoshlabs.com/products/972.asp
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
MA-7000 was my first choice but I couldn't find a cheap one. Prices are almost twice in here comparing to us. It priced $11.000. God I love their blue eyes and balanced sound. hmmff.
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