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34dean
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Budget integrated amp face-off! Please help this newbie choose!!

Hello all. I am in the midst of choosing a budget integrated amp and wanted some opinions from the experts. The contenders are:

1) NEW Cambridge Audio 340A (Top of the budget range)
2) Preowned Cambridge A300 (Bottom of the budget range)
3) Preowned NAD C350 (Middle of the budget range)
4) NEW Jolida JD1701A (Blowing my budget by a little)

Any and all opinions are greatly appreciated.

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Re: Budget integrated amp face-off! Please help this newbie cho

Have you done a compare and contrast on each systems' specifications? Which have reviews you can read? The problem is is that no one probably has owned each and every amplifier. You need to do some homework. What is the rest of your system? Make sure that when you take advice from anyone on this forum that they have the proper credentials. Don't be afraid to ask. Do you have any Linda Ronstadt?

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Re: Budget integrated amp face-off! Please help this newbie cho

Is there anything in particular you like or don't like about the four you list? All are good choices.

The new NAD C 325BEE is a great choice (50w/channel, $400.00)

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Re: Budget integrated amp face-off! Please help this newbie cho

The Cambridge Audio Azur 340A is $330 everywhere, and sounds good. However, if you have a large room and inefficient speakers you may not be satisfied with it. You may like the sound of the Jolida hybrid but you could get a NAD C352 for the same price. I'd save some money and look for a Rotel RA-1062. There are several on AudiogoN.

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Give us a little more to go on, Dean. All digital sources? What speakers? What kind of music do you play? How big is your room? Have you arrived at your short list through a local dealer? Do you have access to a dealer who will let you audition amps in your system?

There are lots of good budget amps out there today, but, at every level of cost, system matching and musical tastes are important considerations.

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