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post #61 of 66
I'm sorry to recommend the Espouser 2010s with my "crooked" English, in the end of the day I'm running one at home with Dali ikon 6 speakers, Cary 308T cd player and Rega RP1 TT WITH Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge and it sound wonderful to my MY ears.
Cheers my friends.
post #62 of 66
Typical AJ, barge in and turn the thread into a complete cluster ... with the OP never to be seen again.

If the OP is still interested in recommendations, I'll give a couple tube amp suggestions - the Eastern Electric M88 and Ekco EV55SE. The Ekco a few bucks over budget, the EE a few bucks under. Both are KT88 based tubes, and work well with a wide variety of loads. I've used both with what would be considered difficult tube amp loads, and both excelled.

Some of the Chinese brands like Jungson, Bada, and Shengya are also great bang for the buck. You can look for possible choices at websites like Pacific Valve and Grant Fidelity.
post #63 of 66
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AJ

p.s. my money is on Rod upgrading to a 80w/ch Peachtree Nova to clip into his loads and let room modes be room modes

Can you expand upon this? I'm not sure if you're saying this is a good or bad choice.

The iNova has made my short list, but I am concerned that it is only 80w into 6 ohms, since the CM8's are 8ohms, I believe that means the iNova would only be about 60W which I'm not sure if that should be a concern.

I do like the built in DAC and all owners I can find seem high on this integrated.

rod
post #64 of 66
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Can you expand upon this?

No need. I've already posted the link about amplifier peak power requirements and clipping. Did you read it?
And your list of amplifiers are incapable of addressing your very real room modes, yet you are unconcerned.

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I'm not sure if you're saying this is a good or bad choice.

I'm saying it's your choice. Clipping and modes.

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Originally Posted by rodspr View Post

The iNova has made my short list, but I am concerned that it is only 80w into 6 ohms, since the CM8's are 8ohms, I believe that means the iNova would only be about 60W which I'm not sure if that should be a concern.

B&W site says 3 ohm minimum. Read the peak power link, look at your music collection and see if you should be concerned.

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I do like the built in DAC and all owners I can find seem high on this integrated.

rod

Of course they were. What would you expect, they all think it sucks?
The Emotiva and HK both have DACs as well...and oh so much more.... soundwave/soundfield improvement related of course.

cheers,

AJ
post #65 of 66
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Ok, I think I narrowed it down some:
NAD
Athem 225i
Krell 300si - little more but will listen too
Arcam FMJ A38 - same dilemma ($$$) as Krell
Parasound Halo P3 w/ A23 amp (not integrated, but will listen to)

Internet Only possibilities to research further:
Exposure
Wyred for Sound
Vincent 236
Outlaw Audio RR2150 ( receiver, but have used & liked their products in the past)

thanks for all the suggestions.
Of all of those I think I'd choose the Parasound combo the best although like you said it is not the integrated you'd prefer. I've never heard an Exposure product so I cannot comment.

Good thing you have removed Emotiva from your list, their amps are garbage.
post #66 of 66
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Originally Posted by rodspr View Post

Can you expand upon this? I'm not sure if you're saying this is a good or bad choice.

The iNova has made my short list, but I am concerned that it is only 80w into 6 ohms, since the CM8's are 8ohms, I believe that means the iNova would only be about 60W which I'm not sure if that should be a concern.

I do like the built in DAC and all owners I can find seem high on this integrated.

rod

I wouldn't be concerned about the I-Nova. Michael Kelly debuted his new $10,000 Aerial 7T's at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest with a Peachtree I-Nova. In fact he liked the unit so much he bought it.
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