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Best integrated amp under $1500?

I know this has been covered many times but I feel there are so many in this category, you can never have enough!
I recently purchased a used Portal Audio Panache for my N804's for under $1000 and it has been nothing short of a masterpiece. I honestly think this is the best int-amp under $1500.


There is also the Musical Fidelity A300 and A3.2 along the same class.

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Re: Best integrated amp under $1500?

If my Musical Fidelity integrated were to die, I'd be listening to the Creek Audio 5350SE and (assuming I could talk my wife into accepting "those ugly exposed tubes") the Cayin A-50T. If I couldn't arrange to hear them both in my room, I'd go for the Creek which is right at the $1500 line. Been a while since I've heard the Creek, but at the time it made me wish I needed an amp.

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Re: Best integrated amp under $1500?

The Panache certainly has its virtues, but it still sounds like a passive preamp design...much like many Creek integrateds. I liked, as opposed to loved, the Panache. It was the most quiet and coolest running amp I've ever used...even pushing out the power she ran cool to the touch.

If someone really loved their source component, the Panache would let them hear it without any additional signature.

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Re: Best integrated amp under $1500?

How is the Creek paired up with B&W?
I know that MF is a beautiful match.

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Re: Best integrated amp under $1500?

Personally, I found the Pass Aleph 3 + a cheap preamp that was built into my DAC to be better in my own system than any integrated I've yet heard. However, since you did ask, where I come from the Red Wine Audio Signature 30 gets some amazing reviews; it does not have a preamp stage, but most people run it without one anyway, and say that it works best that way.

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What do you think the answer

What do you think the answer to this question is in July of 2013?

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Anthem Integrated 225
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Looks like a winner!

Looks like a winner!

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Anyone else? Best integrated

Anyone else? Best integrated amp under $1500?

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Amplifier

IMO the best is the Musical Fidelity M3i Integrated amplifier.

You can get it for $1499 from Music Direct.

Or You could buy mine for $800. It is like new and an excellent amplifier. A very good deal for someone.

I have to sell one of my homes and am liquidating two stereo systems, so i have a lot of surplus gear that is excellent (although most of it has already been sold recently...going going....).

Check the classifieds at AVS Forum if interested, or send me a PM here for more info.

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