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Power amp help.

I have been slowly acquiring home audio equipment that ranks just above average consumer products.  I am most definatly on a budget, however I am comfortable spending money on gear that earns it.  I am currently in the market for a power amp of some sort (I think).

I cannot decide between vintage or new, tube or solid state, high power or low, etc. etc..The gear that I have on hand is as follows...

Thiel CS-2 speakers

Peachtree Decco (that I intend to use as DAC and pre-amp)

Marantz 2100 Stereophonic Tuner

Technics SU-7300 Integrated Amplifier

Technics SL-1600 Turntable

MacBook Computer

If any of you have suggestions for me, I really appreciate them. A friend of mine told me to look into the Emotiva XPA-2, any thoughts on this piece of gear? it is well within my budget.

I have been reading up on "usable watts" among other topics related to my search for justification of spending a shameful amount of money, and my head is spinning. I was hoping some of you fine minded people could help a very indecisive Iowa musician out.  Like I said, "musician", so my imediate cash-on-hand that she doesn't know about is around $1500 or less.  I thank you all in advanced.

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Amplifier

Can you electrically separate the pre and power sections of your SU-7300? That is, does it have pre out and main/power in RCA connectors?

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No sir, it doesn't. What'd

No sir, it doesn't. What'd you have in mind?  I tried to use the pre-amp of th SU-7300 as a phono pre-amp by connecting the "tape out" output to the AUX input of the Decco.  It came through mono for some reason.  Something with that out is causing one channel to fail, must be dirty. Anyhow The SU-7300 was a hand me down from a good friend who bought it originally and I doubt it has ever been serviced. It sounds pretty good in combination with the tuner and ok with the turntable. When I get my listening area put together I was thinking of moving it out to my shop/brewery/garage.

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AMPLIFIER

If you just want a basic power amplifier, and the Peachtree will function as a preamp, there is no doubt in my mind as to the best-sounding amplifier you can buy.

It is the Vincent SP-331, which is $1400.

It was chosen as a "Product of the Year" by The Absolute Sound, and is remarkably good for that price.

My second choice would be the NAD C275BEE, but it is almost the same price and the Vincent is definitely better.

 

 

 

 

mediumrare wrote:

I have been slowly acquiring home audio equipment that ranks just above average consumer products.  I am most definatly on a budget, however I am comfortable spending money on gear that earns it.  I am currently in the market for a power amp of some sort (I think).

I cannot decide between vintage or new, tube or solid state, high power or low, etc. etc..The gear that I have on hand is as follows...

Thiel CS-2 speakers

Peachtree Decco (that I intend to use as DAC and pre-amp)

Marantz 2100 Stereophonic Tuner

Technics SU-7300 Integrated Amplifier

Technics SL-1600 Turntable

MacBook Computer

If any of you have suggestions for me, I really appreciate them. A friend of mine told me to look into the Emotiva XPA-2, any thoughts on this piece of gear? it is well within my budget.

I have been reading up on "usable watts" among other topics related to my search for justification of spending a shameful amount of money, and my head is spinning. I was hoping some of you fine minded people could help a very indecisive Iowa musician out.  Like I said, "musician", so my imediate cash-on-hand that she doesn't know about is around $1500 or less.  I thank you all in advanced.

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Cool, I truly appreciate

Cool, I truly appreciate that.  I looked up the Vincent SP-331 and it seems like a great fit for use with that Peachtree.  I am planning on replacing the turntable eventually, will I need a phono pre-amp inbetween the Turntable and the Peachtree? I'm sorry, I quite new to this. I will start squirrling money away today!  I cannot wait to get this room set up for some serious music listening.

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Phono Preamp

I suggest the Mucical Fidelity V-LPS phono preamp; it is excellent and less than $200.

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