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amp/pre-amp or integrated?

I am an admitted newbie looking for advice setting up a new 2.0/2.1 home system primarily for audio. I have a pair of nice speakers--paragon acoustics radiant (smaller company, no longer in business, has Dynaudio drivers). I am looking for an appropriate set up to power them--amp or integrated receiver/amp (I think).

Priorities:
Sound
Budget
ease of running source from Mac as well as CD

the specs of the speakers are as follows:
Paragon "Radiant" speakers

Frequency range 35Hz - 25kHz
Frequency response 40Hz - 20kHz +/- 3db
Dimensions 39"h x 6.75"w x 10.5'd
Weight 43 lb (Each)
Sensitivity 90dB (1W,1m
Impedance 4 ohms (Nominal), 3 ohms (Min)
Minimum power 25 watts
Power Handling 100 watts (RMS), 150 watts (music), 1000 Watts
(20ms)

The Radiant can extend to above 25 kHz linearly without the pronounced resonance problem. The voice coil on the tweeter can withstand power bursts in excess of 600W when the tweeter is crossed over properly.

Looking to spend under $1500.

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Re: amp/pre-amp or integrated?

I am fond of the Jolida JD 1501A hybrid integrated amplifier. The preamp section is driven by 12AX7A input tubes and has a MOSFET power amp section. 100 watts per channel (8 Ohms) and as good of sound as you will hear for $600.

Other integrated amps to listen to include:
Cambridge Audio 840A $1500
NAD C372 $1000
Shanling A3000 $1695, worth the extra $195
Creek Classic 5350SE $1695
Creek Evolution $1000
Music Hall Maven receiver $1000

Preamp/Poweramp combos to listen to:
Emotiva RSP-1 preamp and XPA-2 power amp $1428
NAD C162 preamp and C272 power amp $1398
NAD C162 preamp, Wired4Sound ST-250 power amp $1598
Rotel RC 1070 preamp, Wired4Sound ST250 power amp $1499
Rotel RC 1070 preamp and RB 1080 power amp $1500

After listening to the Emotiva stuff myself recently I would recommend it as did these reviewers:
http://www.affordableaudio.org/aa2008-08.pdf
http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volume_14...007-part-1.html

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Re: amp/pre-amp or integrated?

Thank you for your help. That certainly opens up my options. After searching reviews and posts, I was thinking going with something like Onkyo A-9555 or Outlaw RR2150. I am now reconsidering my approach (and budget) to be less integrated.

I am also trying to solve the digital input situation. An external DAC may be overkill, but using a Benchmark DAC pre as a preamp and a dedicated 2Ch amp may be a solution.

I want to compliment the speakers as best I can.

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Re: amp/pre-amp or integrated?

The Music Hall Maven receiver has an internal DAC. If you research the products I cited you may find that some others will accomodate your digital source.

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