Hi Guys / Gals,
I am in the market for a new amp, as my 20yr old Studio Standard by Fischer is showing its age.
I am looking to spend around $1250, but that is more of a guide line, as without it I will get into trouble with the misses.
The main systems I am looking at are the Cambridge Audio Azur 651A ~$880, Rotel RA-1520 ~$1150 integrated amps, or going with a full system my Emotiva ~$870.
For Emotiva it would be the USP-1 Pre amp, and the XPA-200 Amp.
I am driving a pair of Paradigm Mini Monitors with the system, most of my music is digital and I will be purchasing a DAC a few months after the initial Amp purchase.
I have heard the Cambridge Audio 651a on my speakers last year, but it has been so long that I really can't recall just how it sounded. My only local shop can order in the Rotel / Cambridge audio, but they don't stock either of them. Which means that no matter what system I choose out of the 3 I don't have a chance to audition them prior to purchase. I will have a 1 month home audition for any of the systems, but I still wont be able to test them all and then decide.
My main questions are: What are your thoughts quality wise, experience wise, and audio wise (Sound stage, warmth, audio reproduction etc) I am well aware that everyone hears sound differently, and one system will sound better for me then you but I am just looking for a baseline between the 3 options. Also, which system will be the best option for future growth?
The Paradigms I have were what hooked me on high end audio and as such I have 0 experience with the Hi-Fi market. My current Receiver is being borrowed (have been borrowing it for over a year now, so I should return it one of these days)