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post #1 of 12 Old 07-16-2019, 11:32 PM - Thread Starter
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Amplifier recommendations

Like some user feedback for recommended amplifiers to match my setup, speakers I currently use are the Paradigm Studio 60s. My existing pre-amp is a Cambridge 851E but the power amplifier I was using before, the Cambridge 851W.

The power amp has stopped working, stuck in protect mode. I had the amp fixed once over 2 years ago, won't be fixing it again.

As much as I liked the this setup, I looking at alternative options.

I don't know if I will bother with a power amp this time and may look for a decent integrated instead.

I know some integrated amps have a "main in" function so may look in that option.

Was thinking of a Yamaha A-s1100 but maybe look at other options
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Check out Parasound. Loved mine.
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Leave it at 8 ohms and call it a day :)
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Check out Parasound. Loved mine.
If Class D is something you're open to, loads of power amp options including (but not limited to):

Nuprime STA-9
Nuprime STA-10

PS Audio Stellar S300

Nord (several options)

Cherry Amp (options)

D-Sonic

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Main system: Rotel RA-1572 (int amp - looking to change); Cocktail Audio X10 (main source); Sony UHP-H1 Blu-ray/SACD player (secondary source); Q Acoustics Concept 20 speakers.
Looking at: NAD C 658 (pre); Anthem STR (pre); Nord One MP NC252 (power - maybe SE); Mytek Brooklyn Amp (power); NAD C 658 (power). Also, Pioneer UDP-LX500 or Sony UBP-X1100ES
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If Class D is something you're open to, loads of power amp options including (but not limited to):

Nuprime STA-9
Nuprime STA-10

PS Audio Stellar S300

Nord (several options)

Cherry Amp (options)

D-Sonic

Jeff Rowland

Other Class D's. Peachtree, Lyngdorf, NAD

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The Yamaha is a very good amp and spoken very highly in other forums.
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Look at Emotiva. Great value and outstanding build quality.
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Only issue here in Australia, because prices are so expensive my options are limited.

Yes I have heard the Yamaha A-s1100 is a very good amplifier.

As for Class D, had one of these amps many years, it was okay for HT use, but I didn't think too much of it for musical side of things, especially since I started using a dedicated 2 ch setup for muisc.

Keeping my options open for the moment.

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I was recently looking at come Class D amps from Apollon that really caught my eye and aren't too expensive for my other setup. Aside from that I second PS Audio amps. Still in love with mine.

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As for Class D, had one of these amps many years, it was okay for HT use, but I didn't think too much of it for musical side of things, especially since I started using a dedicated 2 ch setup for muisc.
I suspect class D has improved since. I have a NAD D3020. It's wonderful. Stereophile did detailed tests, and it came out well. It's a good low-cost integrated if you don't want any controls other than volume. It and related products have varying types of inputs, analog and digital.

NAD uses class D for some of their high-end products.
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I suspect class D has improved since. I have a NAD D3020. It's wonderful. Stereophile did detailed tests, and it came out well. It's a good low-cost integrated if you don't want any controls other than volume. It and related products have varying types of inputs, analog and digital.

NAD uses class D for some of their high-end products.
Class D has come a long way in recent years. I recently replaced a 12 year old NAD Class A/B integrated with the new Class D version and it sounded nearly identical aside from the Class D having slightly quicker and tighter bass. I was sold on Class D at that point. There's basically only two companies making Class D boards, ICEpower and Hypex, and everyone uses those and tweaks the sound by messing with the input stage. If done properly, Class D can be almost indistinguishable from Class A/B, and it's not uncommon to have amps in the many hundreds of watts that barely get warm to the touch at full volume and still sound great.
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Check out Parasound. Loved mine.
Although I don't own any Parasound gear, I have "played" with some of it, and I do really like the Halo Integrated. I would definitely consider one if I was looking for an integrated solution.

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As for Class D, had one of these amps many years, it was okay for HT use, but I didn't think too much of it for musical side of things, especially since I started using a dedicated 2 ch setup for muisc.

Keeping my options open for the moment.
Today's class D amps are not those of yesteryear. I'd consider:

https://www.d-sonic.com/amplifiers/stereo/

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Class D has come a long way in recent years. I recently replaced a 12 year old NAD Class A/B integrated with the new Class D version and it sounded nearly identical aside from the Class D having slightly quicker and tighter bass. I was sold on Class D at that point. There's basically only two companies making Class D boards, ICEpower and Hypex, and everyone uses those and tweaks the sound by messing with the input stage. If done properly, Class D can be almost indistinguishable from Class A/B, and it's not uncommon to have amps in the many hundreds of watts that barely get warm to the touch at full volume and still sound great.
Well, not everyone uses those.....

http://www.pascal-audio.com/products/

Used in the aforementioned D-Sonic amps....but yeah, the others get a lot of press!

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Budget?

Bryston 4b-St and newer may be good options for you. the 4b SST is probly around ur budget given the old Cambridge or are you looking to upgrade?

System: Cambridge 851A, Revel M126be, SVS SB2000, Cambridge DACMAGIC 100, JVC XL-Z1050TN, Rega RP6, Vincent PHO-8. A bunch of monster power conditioning junk V: Samsung NU8000, Nvidia Shield TV
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