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Music Hall a15.2

Hey folks,

Beginner here looking for suggestions on a good substitue for the Music Hall a15.2 Integrated Amp.

Long story short, I have gone through the process of buying the a15.2 through several vendors only to recieve an email a week later that the a15.2 is discontinued stock and unavailable.

At this point, I am getting a little impatient, so I figure I would find out what other Integrated Amps are out there at the same price point, give or take.

One vendor suggested the Cambridge Audio 351A or the Onkyo A9050.

This Christmas my wife picked me up an Audio Technica AT-LP60 and Sony SS-B1000 book shelf speakers. Nothing crazy, but for my first vinyl setup, I'm sure I'll enjoy it until I upgrade components.

That said, still need an integrated amp. Plan on going turntable to integrated amp to speakers. Turntable has phono preamp.

Appreciate any feedback.

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Is this something you are going to keep while you upgrade

those underwhelming turntable and speakers?

Did you try Music Direct, Spearit Sound, Amazon (silver), and AudiogoN (demo/used) for the Music Hall A15.2?

Other options would be the Cambridge Audio, NAD, Marantz, Yamaha A-S500, and Jolida.

The Onkyo A-9050 also has a built in DAC.

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I suggest the NAD C326BEE, which is $549 from Audio Advisor.

Or, if you want the same thing for $225, you could buy my C325BEE, which is pretty much identical and just like new.

 

oviewankenobi wrote:

Hey folks,

Beginner here looking for suggestions on a good substitue for the Music Hall a15.2 Integrated Amp.

Long story short, I have gone through the process of buying the a15.2 through several vendors only to recieve an email a week later that the a15.2 is discontinued stock and unavailable.

At this point, I am getting a little impatient, so I figure I would find out what other Integrated Amps are out there at the same price point, give or take.

One vendor suggested the Cambridge Audio 351A or the Onkyo A9050.

This Christmas my wife picked me up an Audio Technica AT-LP60 and Sony SS-B1000 book shelf speakers. Nothing crazy, but for my first vinyl setup, I'm sure I'll enjoy it until I upgrade components.

That said, still need an integrated amp. Plan on going turntable to integrated amp to speakers. Turntable has phono preamp.

Appreciate any feedback.

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i'd try and stick with...

the music hall amp, cause i've heard good things about it, and just wait until someone has it. if you really want something that sounds nice, i'd stay away from the NAD. its a very soft sound and there seems to be a problem with the bass (lacking). i'm personally switching out all my nad equipment with other stuff.

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i'd try and stick with...

the music hall amp, cause i've heard good things about it, and just wait until someone has it. if you really want something that sounds nice, i'd stay away from the NAD. its a very soft sound and there seems to be a problem with the bass (lacking). i'm personally switching out all my nad equipment with other stuff.

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Hey, Thanks for the

Hey,

Thanks for the feedback. As I said before, I plan to upgrade over time, but for now I would like to get a system up and running with what I have.

I think I have narrowed down the selection to:

  • Marantz PM6004 Integrated Amplifier - $595
  • Cambridge Audio Azur 351A Integrated Amplifier - $549
  • Onkyo A-9050 Integrated Stereo Amplifier and 192 kHz 24-Bit DAC - $499

From my understanding, both the Cambridge and Onkyo have DAC, but the Marantz does not. The Onkyo has the highest wpc at 75 vs 45 @8ohm for the Marantz and CA. Finally, the Marantz has a phono input which I am sure is as good or better than the one integrated into my turntable while the other do not.

All signs point to the Onkyo as having the most value (75, DAC, less expensive, but I use turntable preamp), however I realize that is not how the stereo world works.

Any opinion on the three?

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I would go with the Cambridge 351A, personally.

I think it is the best-sounding amplifier of that group. The Onkyo I would stay away from, as it has a slightly bright or harsh sound; not what most people would be happy with. The power differences are not significant.

As for the NAD amplifiers, I think the 325 and 326 sound good, but the $800 C356 does have problems with bass quality with some speakers for some reason; I had one and sold it; never thought it sounded as good as my 325.

The phono preamp in the turntable may need uograding, and the one in the Marantz is probably not much better.

The Cambridge 551P phono preamp can take care of that for $120 extra later if you need it.

 

 

oviewankenobi wrote:

Hey,

Thanks for the feedback. As I said before, I plan to upgrade over time, but for now I would like to get a system up and running with what I have.

I think I have narrowed down the selection to:

  • Marantz PM6004 Integrated Amplifier - $595
  • Cambridge Audio Azur 351A Integrated Amplifier - $549
  • Onkyo A-9050 Integrated Stereo Amplifier and 192 kHz 24-Bit DAC - $499

From my understanding, both the Cambridge and Onkyo have DAC, but the Marantz does not. The Onkyo has the highest wpc at 75 vs 45 @8ohm for the Marantz and CA. Finally, the Marantz has a phono input which I am sure is as good or better than the one integrated into my turntable while the other do not.

All signs point to the Onkyo as having the most value (75, DAC, less expensive, but I use turntable preamp), however I realize that is not how the stereo world works.

Any opinion on the three?

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Just to update... I went to

Just to update...

I went to my local shop and demo'ed a few products.

Settled on the Rotel RA-12 for an amp and Monitor Audio RX-1s for speakers. Picked up some wires as well.

Since my wife purchased speakers already, I might wire those elsewhere since the RA-12 has A/B speakers.

But, until the RX-1s come in (didn't have the color I wanted), I've been using the speakers to get my fill.

 

Thinking now that I might pick up some stands. Any recommendations on brands to research would be cool. Otherwise, I've seen some Omni's and Sanus that might work well. Also, if this can be confirmed, I think Arcam is the supplier for MA stands?

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STANDS

I have some words for you on stands:

Massive

Metal

Rigid

fillable with metal birdshot or sand.

The good ones can cost as much as the speakers.

I actually had a metal shop make some one time; just a 3-inch diameter metal tube with square plates welded to either end. It was fairly inexpensive, and i got the exact height I wanted. I drilled some holes and added spikes to the top and bottom, and sprayed on some black paint.

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Not a bad idea, going

Not a bad idea, going custom. There's a shop nearby that does exhausts, wheels spacers, and the sort. I'm sure they could get it done.

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non-availability of Music Hall A15.2 integrated amplifier

I have been told by a dealer that reason the Music Hall A15.2 integrated amplifier is not available in the US any more is that if it has been sold out, stock cannot be replaced as it is not in production any more.  Within a couple of months its replacement, a new and improved model, the A15.3 -  will become available, at the same price (US$500) as the A15.2.

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Music Hall A15.2

Hm, I just bought one for xmas.  I didnt realize they were coming out with a new model... I havent used mine yet as I am waiting for another component.  How much do you guys think they've changed the model?  Would it be worth it to send it back and pick up the new one?

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Music Hall a15.3

I went to the Music Hall website and sent an email. I just got a response back from Leland Leard. He said they are hoping to have the a15.3 for sale in 2-3 months.

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