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Looking for a new integrated amplifier. suggestions please.

So to start things off. I am a early 20 something with about 1k to spend on a integrated amplifier. The following is some rough pics of my current room in the basement.  http://imgur.com/a/ib9D9

 

My current setup is:

Pioneer VSX-515

Pro-ject Debut Carbon

music hall pa1.2

JVC XL-Z1050

Custom Subwoofers(Dayton Audio DCS450-4, PE 250 plate amp)

Advent Baby IIs (my Advent Legacy IIIs are in need of repair)

 

So that being said I am looking to part by part upgrade my entire system starting with my amp. My current idea of requirments for the amp are; pre-out and main-in, stereo, 80w+ per channel, no phono input, no digital input(will be getting a seperate DAC), 4+ inputs(2 computers, CD player, turntable). I am willing to buy used and have about 1k to spend on this peice. I have been looking at the NAD C 375BEE but the reviews on it are less than stellar.

 

Thanks for all the help and advice in advance. I have much to learn.

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Consider Creek, for example http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=CKEV2INT

Also Cambridge makes integrated amps.  I have an old one in a secondary system, that particular one is close to 20 years old and not a basis for comparison with their current ones, but it's pretty good, FWIW.

Cool room.  

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Rogue Audio is outstanding at

Rogue Audio is outstanding at that price!

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I might have just what you need.

I am selling one house and liquidating two complete systems as a result.

I have a Musical Fidelity M3i amplifier, which puts out around 100 watts per channel to either 4 ohms or 8 ohms (according to actual lab tests) and is an excellent-sounding amplifier. Original cost was $1500.

It had about 1 year of use and is in perfectly like-new condition. It meets all of your requirements. It has preouts which are handly to feed the subwoofer(s).

Cost to you would be $900 plus shipping charges.I don't think you could do better.

For complete specs and pictures see the Musical Fidelity website.

Send me a PM if interested.

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Thanks guy. commsysman,

Thanks guy. commsysman, PM'd

 

Also, for the price whats the opinion on the NAD C 372 and the NAD C 375BEE?

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I'm a Fan.

I'm a fan of NAD's current amps. Still use the C372 in one room, and the newer C275BEE power amp with the larger speakers. I don't notice much if any difference in sound between them (that I could attribute to the amp).

Don't know what your price is, but it's usually not easy finding more quality watts for less, than what you get with NAD.

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This is soo stupid; i have forgotten how to look at your PM.

How do you do that?

I can't find it anywhere.

 

I found it; sent you a reply.

The remote control adjusts the volume, selects the input, and mutes.

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First Turntable Setup

Hey all, 

So I am completely new to this. About two years ago after listening to a friend play a couple of his records, I became completely intrigued by vinyl and not really knowing anything I bought a cheap portable Crosley and figured it would hold up for a couple years - turned out 8 months later it broke and wasn't worth fixing. Recently I was very fortunate enough to be gifted a Pro-ject Debut Carbon for my birthday, except now I'm at a lost on how to set it up.

... Would it be worth trading it in for the Pro-ject Debut Carbon USB? I have 30 days left to return it

If someone could kindly inform me first on what I'll need to set up a new system and then some suggestions for each I would really appreciate it. I currently have $500 to spend (college student budget, blame the tuition) but am planning to save another $500 within a few months. Any advice would really help. 

 

Thank you in advance!

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The Pro-Ject is way way better than the Crosley, in all aspects of sound quality, as well as design/durability.  

No need to trade it in for the USB version.  It doesn't upgrade the turntable, it just adds a built-in analog-to-digitial converter (ADC), to digitize your records.  Digitizing is cool for convenience and listening to records when away from home, but that can be done w/ the USB version, OR with a free-standing ADC you can plug your TT into later, if you want.

For a stereo system, you usually need a Phono Preamplifer, to plug the turntable into.  Here's an example  http://www.box-designs.com/main.php?prod=phonobox&cat=phono&lang=en  

Then that (and all other sources, such as cd player, ipod docks, tuners, dvd,) can plug into an integrated amplifier, such as http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=CATOAM10

(In that example, the integrated amp already has a phono preamplifier built in, so you can skip the separate phone pre.)

Then speakers, such as 

http://www.musicdirect.com/p-15476-wharfedale-diamond-101-bookshelf-spea...

those are basics, there are variations on that.  If you want, specify what you may lean towards in types of music, room size, and degree of need for bass boogie.

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