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sugarmtn
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Upgrade from vintage Marantz 1060B integrated amp?

My system is very entry level: vintage integrated Marantz 1060B / wharfedale diamond 10.1/ musical fidelity vdac MKII / denon dp-300f with ortofon 2M red cartridge.

It sounds real good but wondering how much improvement a more modern integrated amp would make. The marantz has been cleaned and gone over by local shop. In particular I'm looking at the Rega Brio-R, though that is the top end of my range. Listen mostly to streaming MOG and some vinyl.  Not a large room. Any thoughts/advice on whether amp upgrade will make much improvement? Thanks

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With upgrades you have to decide for yourself where you think your system is deficient. I don't see any real complaints about your current Marantz. Is it that you just want something new? There's nothing wrong with that.

That Marantz while a nice piece is decidedly underpowered for your speakers. I would look for something with around 80WPC or more.

The Rega Brio while nice is IMO a tad underpowered for Wharfdale Diamonds. The Cambridge Audio Azur 651A may be exactly what you're looking for. The 851A offers substantially more power albeit for more money. It may be an even better choice based on power alone.

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I appreciate the feedback. I

I appreciate the feedback. I didn’t realize the wharfedale diamonds required a little extra power, though realize they aren’t the most sensitive. I would think 40 or 50 watts from a good amp would suffice in a relatively small room. Maybe those extra watts you suggest will be the difference maker.  I’ve bounced around a couple of vintage amps because I got good deals off craigslist and read how well they can compare to modern amps. Friends are always impressed with how good it sounds, however I like to tinker around and wonder if something new on the lower end of the price spectrum could be noticeably better and more engaging. Would like to hear other folks’  thoughts or experiences with this.

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IMO you don't need a whole lot of power for the Diamond 10.1 speakers, but the old Marantz is not a great-sounding amplifier, and you can do better.

The NAD C326BEE has considerably more power, and should sound a lot better. It is $550.

That is my recommendation.

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NAD's don't suck

But Arcam.  I've heard them right next to one another.  Arcam's may be more expensive by a notch, but they are better.  Better (albeit less) bass.  Better midrange.  More detail, etc.  Just listen, you'll know what I mean, but not until you hear one.

Or also try a Musical Fidelity integrated.  They are quite good.

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I am selling one of my homes and liquidating 2 nice stereo systems, so i have been selling a lot of very nice gear.

I still have a 2-year-old Musical Fidelity M3i amplifier, which cost me $1500. It is just like new and I wil sell it for $900 plus shipping cost.

That is great deal for someone.

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