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preamp/amp suggestions

I'm leaning toward buying some Acoustic Zen Adagios in the near future and I'm wondering what preamp/amp combination would match up well. I'm looking into either a Luxman combo or the Crayons. I'm also thinking a tubed preamp matched with a solid state amp. I haven't demo'd anything yet though. Any thoughts about the matchup? Any other suggestions in that price range? And I don't know the room size yet because we're building a new house.

Thanks.

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It has been my experience

It has been my experience that ribbon tweeters can sometimes be on the bright side. But i have never heard the AZ's. I might advise electronics on the mid to 'mellower' end of the spectrum. Something more in line with the 'British' style house sound. 

I do like the D'Appolito MTM arrangement, however. My own speakers are of the same configuration & provide excellent staging & imaging. However, there are many factors at play at any one time. Not knowing the details of your room & associated equipment make specific recommendations difficult. Seeing that they are rated at 6 ohm would lend me to think something towards the the more robust end of the power spectrum would be appropriate. Bryston comes first to mind.

enjoy your hunt,

Bill

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norma wrote:

I'm leaning toward buying some Acoustic Zen Adagios in the near future and I'm wondering what preamp/amp combination would match up well. I'm looking into either a Luxman combo or the Crayons. I'm also thinking a tubed preamp matched with a solid state amp. I haven't demo'd anything yet though. Any thoughts about the matchup? Any other suggestions in that price range? And I don't know the room size yet because we're building a new house.

Thanks.

I am using an Audio Research LS-26 preamp with a Musical Fidelity M6PRX power amplifier, with Vandersteen Treo speakers; sound to die for.

If you can afford one, I think there is nothing that can touch Audio Research preamps.

I had an Audire power amp for years, and then had a Bryston 3B-ST power amp for a few years, and I can tell you that the Musical Fidelity amplifier, which is only $3500, sounds as good as most amplifiers in the $8000+ price range. It is a definite improvement over the more expensive Bryston, which itself was pretty good. IMO the MF amp is a heck of an amp at a great price (and it puts out over 300 watts per channel at 4 ohms).

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Commsysman, Vandersteens are

Commsysman,

Vandersteens are on my short list along with the Zu Druids. But why not an Audio Research amp too to match their preamp? And a dumb question (I'm pretty much a newbie), will this setup work for av as well or do I need a processor for that?

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Consult Galen Carol in San

Consult Galen Carol in San Antonio TX. At one time, he was/is an AZ dealer/retailer.

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norma wrote:

Commsysman,

Vandersteens are on my short list along with the Zu Druids. But why not an Audio Research amp too to match their preamp? And a dumb question (I'm pretty much a newbie), will this setup work for av as well or do I need a processor for that?

Audio Research maks only two-channel equipment. If you want more channels than a 2.1 setup, you need an A/V receiver or processor.

If you want multi-channel, I suggest that you consider the Cambridge Audio 651R receiver, which is very good and is only $2000. Most A/V receivers are absolute crap, IMO, even some of the more expensive models. Lots of bells and whistles and mediocre sound quality.

I don't want an Audio Research amplifier, because their really good ones all use power tubes, which I don't want; been there, done that. Poor reliability and poor bass response in most cases. The ones with enough power are also huge and run too hot. Their solid-state amps are not very good IMO. I think they are half-hearted about solid-state and it shows. My Musical Fidelity M6PRX is a wonderful amp, and it only cost $3500. Love it.

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