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Suggestion on Integrated amp

Hi All,

 

  I have PSB Image T6 speaker.I have AV receiver from Onkyo 609.

I want to buy an integrated amp for music. Please let me know best integrated amp among the following Marant 8004 , NAD C375 BEE,NAD  C356 BEE, Marantz PM-KI LITE.

I like less volume and good clarity. Spec wise NAD's looks impressive and it matches with PSB well. So I wan to know NAD is best choice or Marantz?

Can you please suggest which will be a better choice among these integrated?

 

Thanks in advance.

Renjith

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For that price I'd also look at the Musical Fidelity M3i

integrated amp. PSB and NAD are often paired together and they have the same parent company. I doubt you would be dissappointed in the NAD C375BEE.

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Amplifiers for PSB Image T6

I like NAD amplifiers for the value they provide. They tend to sound good, and offer plenty of power for the price. With the decent sensitivity of your speakers, and preferred listening level, it doesn't seem like power is a priority for you, but I am a believer that you can't really have too much power. All your listed choices would probably sound very good, but it would be best if you could arrange an in home trial period with one or more of the candidates. It is hard for me to definitively say which amp sounds better without doing side by side listening comparisons.

I will say that I am a big fan of the C375, as I am currently using a C275 which is the power section of the C375. I previously used its predecessor, a C372 integrated, My dealer says that I'll have to move up to the Cary SA 200.2, at three times the price, to get an improvement over my C275. (He just happens to carry both brands :) ) I think the smaller NAD C356 should sound good as well, but have not heard it, and don't know if its lower power output is its only compromise.

I have heard Marantz amplifiers, including a Pearl, but I wasn't overly impressed, and was not sure they had the same value as NAD. I also think jackfish's suggestion to consider the M3i is a good one.

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Thanks Jackfish and Demondog

Thanks Jackfish and Demondog for valuable suggestion.

Unfortunately I am in India and here they dont offer home trials, even  home audition also is bit difficult.

One of my friend is having M3i so I will take it to home and listen. After hearing NAD C375 I will deciede between these two.

 

I am bit inclined to NAD, was not sure to go with C375 or C356. Now I feel like C375 will be better based on your experiance with C275 (which is the power section of the C375 )

I was thinking of another option,buying C356 now  and later add a power amp from Emotiva (XPA-2) .I will be using the pre out from C356 and fed to emotiva power amp. Second option is buying C375 now.

Dont know which one will be better.

 

Thanks for your time.

 

Best Regards
Renjith

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Hi, NAD C375 BEE is costing

Hi,

NAD C375 BEE is costing around 1500$ and Emotiva pre and power

USP-1 and XPA-2 cost ~ 1300 $. 

So I am bit confused to go with emotiva or NAD C375 BEE.

Will this pre and power from NAD will be better or Integrated amp C375 will be better.

Ofcourse due to shipping and customs duty  the cost part will be almost same for me.

If Emotive pre and power gives better performance then I can think of it.

Please share your thoughts on this. I have hear some complaints about emotive for lack of testing doen on product compared to big companies like Marantz , NAD or music fidelity.

Sorry for jumbing from one product to another. Please bare with me. I want to get the best pproduct.

 

Thanks in advance

Renjith

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The Emotiva stuff is very good for the price as well.

However, if you can get local support/repairs for the NAD or Musical Fidelity that might be worth considering.

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Hi jackfish and other

Hi jackfish and other experts,

I am just thinking of buying a pre amp and power amp from emotiva.

I am planning to get Emotiva XPA-2. In fact XPA-2 is having more power than I need, but there is no other 2 channel amplifier from Emotiva.

Other one is XPA-3 which is 200W @ 8 ohms and XPA-2 is 300 W @ 8 ohms.

So I thought of getting XPA-2.

Now the confusion is whether to go with
NAD C 165BEE Stereo Preamplifier or
USP-1 Stereo Preamp.

I saw that NAD is Class A and
USP-1 Stereo Preamp is class A/B.

Some of my friends was saying sound signature is from pre amp. Since NAD is having good track record many were suggesting to go with

NAD. Please advice me on this. If any suggestion also is welcome.

Thanks in advance

Renjith

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Arcam

Spend a few more bills and go Arcam.  Discover the difference in volume and power.

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Hi,      Arcam which model

Hi,

 

   Arcam which model number you are refering?

Anthem Integrated 225 or some other model?

Some of this forumn member was suggesting Anthem Integrated 225 .

 

Best Regards

Renjith

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The Anthem Integrated 225 is another competent piece.

If you have already decided on the Emotiva XPA-2, either the NAD C165BEE, Emotiva USP-1 or even a Parasound 2100 would be acceptable preamp performers. The XPA-2 is a real overachiever http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/show-reports/496.html?task=view

An Arcam FMJ A38 will cost more than the other integrated amps previously discussed and would only provide more power over the Musical Fidelity M3i.

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Hi Jackfish   Even I heard

Hi Jackfish

  Even I heard from many friends that XPA2 is a very good power amp.

 I like low volume but good clarity and good sound stage. Please suggest me the best preamp among the below three.

NAD CAD C165BEE, Emotiva USP-1 or even a Parasound 2100

 

 I have heard from few that emotiva power amps are better than preamps or processors due to less testing done compared to big companies like Marantz and Denon.

Please suggest the best preamp within 1000$.

 

Best Regards
Renjith

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If you are going with the Emotiva XPA-2, the

Emotiva USP-1 would work well. I have that piece, and beyond its sound (which I find very good for the price), it would also match the styling of the XPA-2. I think the knock on the Emotiva UMC-1 preprocessor is an old issue and the latest firmware has that piece operating competently. I have never heard of any quality issues with the USP-1.

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Thanks Jackfish.

Thanks Jackfish.

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