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Has anyone tried Monitor audio speakers with Rega Elicit-R intergated amplifier? I wish to upgrade my existing system by adding the integrated amplifier in order to improve the stereo performance. I have Denon 4310 AV Receiver, Monitor Audio RX range of speakers, two front speakers are the RX8s. For the AV it sounds great and I am very happy with it. I also own two Rega components - CD player Rega Apollo and a turntable Rega RP3. I wish to get an ampifier with the pass-through function. So far I have Rega Elicit-R on my shortlist. I have following questions:

- what is your experience with matching Elicit-R and the MA RX8 speakers?
- would it be better to stick to Rega when having Rega cd player and turntable?
- what other integrated amp with pass through mode should I consider (at this price level)?

Thanks a lot in advance for your comments!
 

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Why would you expect an integrated amplifier to sound better than the AVR you have? Is it because they cost more? Or because magazine reviews tell you so?
 

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Why would you expect an integrated amplifier to sound better than the AVR you have? Is it because they cost more? Or because magazine reviews tell you so?
I know that my speakers could sound better in stereo. As I 50% watch movies and 50% I listen to music, I feel its a time to improve :)
 

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LOL. My stereo integrated peed all over my AVR for sound quality. If you want best 2 channel sound, go stereo.

The Rega will obliterate a AVR.

I haven't had a Rega amp but I did have a Rega CDP. Very nice sound quality, superb.
 

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LOL. My stereo integrated peed all over my AVR for sound quality. If you want best 2 channel sound, go stereo.

The Rega will obliterate a AVR.

I haven't had a Rega amp but I did have a Rega CDP. Very nice sound quality, superb.
Yes, a lot of people claim this but it's simply not true in general.
 

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LOL. My stereo integrated peed all over my AVR for sound quality. If you want best 2 channel sound, go stereo.

The Rega will obliterate a AVR.

I haven't had a Rega amp but I did have a Rega CDP. Very nice sound quality, superb.
Interesting. I've owned four different integrated amps in the last couple of years. And none of the "obliterate" my AVR at all. In fact, when I level-match, I'm hard-pressed to hear any difference.

I guess my speakers aren't revealing enough. :rolleyes:
 

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So to the point, is Monitor Audio and Rega a good or a bad match?
A good match for what? The question is flawed, so it's tough to give an answer.

When purchasing an amp, you look for one that can power the speaker load to the levels you like without straining. That's all there is to "matching" an amp to speakers, unless you're talking tube amps.
 

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A good match for what? The question is flawed, so it's tough to give an answer.

When purchasing an amp, you look for one that can power the speaker load to the levels you like without straining. That's all there is to "matching" an amp to speakers, unless you're talking tube amps.
Complete and utter rubbish. :rolleyes:. Is this site full of people with no flipping experience with audio gear?


I have a few brands of speakers, and a couple of brands of amplifier. A couple do not match well with one brand, but it matches well to another.

If I pair up bright sounding speakers with my amp, it doesn't match well. But if I change the amp to a softer amp, it matches.

Amps do sound different Arcam sounds different to Audiolab, which sounds different to Roksan.
 

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Complete and utter rubbish. :rolleyes:. Is this site full of people with no flipping experience with audio gear?


I have a few brands of speakers, and a couple of brands of amplifier. A couple do not match well with one brand, but it matches well to another.

If I pair up bright sounding speakers with my amp, it doesn't match well. But if I change the amp to a softer amp, it matches.

Amps do sound different Arcam sounds different to Audiolab, which sounds different to Roksan.
You're right. I have no experience in audio. Except being a hobbyist in high school, then getting my BSEE, then getting my MSEE with emphasis in audio signal processing, then spending most of the last 20 years designing and testing audio circuitry in consumer electronics. Just in the last 6 years I've owned 2 stereo receivers, 2 avrs, 4 integrated amps, two dedicated amps, and about 8 different pairs of speakers. Not to mention the lab I worked in had probably 10 different amps, receivers, and AVRs.

Yeah, other than that, I don't have much experience. :D
 

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Complete and utter rubbish. :rolleyes:. Is this site full of people with no flipping experience with audio gear?


I have a few brands of speakers, and a couple of brands of amplifier. A couple do not match well with one brand, but it matches well to another.

If I pair up bright sounding speakers with my amp, it doesn't match well. But if I change the amp to a softer amp, it matches.

Amps do sound different Arcam sounds different to Audiolab, which sounds different to Roksan.
What parametrics (measurements) can i do on the Arcam, Audiolab, and Roksan amps to capture their differing sounds?
 

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Listen to them.

If you don't have the difference between Arcam Alpha, and Roksan Kandy K1 you are deaf. They are on two totally opposites sides of sonic signature
 

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Listen to them.

If you don't have the difference between Arcam Alpha, and Roksan Kandy K1 you are deaf. They are on two totally opposites sides of sonic signature
Level-matched and blinded listening, may I assume? Because 17 years in a lab working with an Audio Precision has taught me that test gear is much more reliable than my hearing is.

I thought two of my integrateds sounded totally different.....until I level-matched them. Turned out that the difference was really just that their volume controls tracked very differently, and that gave the impression that they sounded different.
 
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