What amplifier(s) are you using?

Stereophile's picture
We got a record number of responses last week when we asked readers to share their loudspeaker preferences. Now tell us what drives those speakers.
What amplifier(s) are you using?
And the answer is . . .
96% (298 votes)
Don't like what I have, but do like . . .
4% (11 votes)
Total votes: 309
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Jen Bumann's picture

1988 Hafler XL280, and it's been drivin at "11" aplenty!

Dan Landen's picture

Adcom GFP-555 NAD 2200PE

John Murphy's picture

I own a set of R.E. Designs LNPA-150 monoblocks. The best solid-state I've heard, so I bought them. Bound for Sound, $ensible Sound, Audiophile Voice, and others think very highly of them as well.

Tom Barron's picture

I have a pair of Krell KMA-160s driving Aerial 10 Ts. I want to be buried with them---amps and speakers!---or I'm not leaving!

Tom A.'s picture

Rogue Audio 88

Gary Knapp's picture

A pair of Bryston 3B-ST amps in a home-theater setup. They are a great, spacious sound at a reasonable price with a 20-year warranty.

kennt66's picture

Mccormack 0.5 Deluxe

CME's picture

Linn Klouts biamplifying the new Revel Studios. What fun!

Mark Maurer's picture

Bryston 7B-ST. Power and grace, never ponderous (even through B&W Matrix 801's). Monoblocks: perfect for upcoming 5 channel audio. AND a 20 year warranty?!!!

Martin Bruczkowski's picture

Arcam Alpha 10 integrated and Alpha 10p power in bi-amping configuration. I started with the integrated and added the 10p later, which didn't bring as much improvement as I had hoped, but on the whole it's a good sounding setup, clean and powerful.

DMcG's picture

Creek 4330SE

Anonymous's picture

McIntosh MC 7100 driving a pair of Sonus Faber Signum. Pre-amp is McIntosh MC 712. Any upcoming review of the Signums? Love the smooth midrange and airiness.

Hasse, Sweden's picture

Mc Cormack DNA-1 deluxe If you can

Nuno Calado, Portugal's picture

I have a Rega Hal preamp and a pair of Rega Exon monoblock power amplifiers. If you are in the market for amplification around $3500, you must try this; if your budget goes up to the $7000 mark, you still should try the Rega amplification---buy it, and save the remaining to buy records. By the way, my Rega Hal/Exon are connected to a pair of Shahinian Arc speakers.

dougla's picture

california audio labs dx3,audioquest quartz, audiolabs lx integrated amp,audioquest indigo, jm lab electra 905. a relatively inexpensive system, but i love listening to the music that it plays!

Stefan K., Belgium's picture

I wasn't there last week, but I read the answers. It is good to see that there are so many Magnepan aficionados out there. I currently own a pair of Sonus Faber Guarneris. They are driven by a Krell KRC-3 pre-amplifier and a KSA 50 S amplifier, with digital playback from Theta and cabling from Transparent. The sound is very relaxing and transparent - I would almost call it noble. I bought the Guarneris because my listening room is too small for planar speakers and the sound of the Guarneri's in a way approaches that of panel or electrostatic speakers (without taking up the floor space, etc.). However, I did own Magnepan 1.5 QR's before and I have to agree with so many others: once you have heard, even better, owned a pair of Maggies, it is very hard to live without them, without the incredible realistic way they make music, their overwhelming sound stage and the inimitable way in which they simply disappear. So, despite the fantastic sound and looks of the Sonus Fabers, I will undoubtedly invest in a pair of Magnepan 3.6 R's as soon as I have access to a listening room big enough to host them. The only problem is that I will most probably have to invest in a beefier amp as well. The obvious choice would be one of Krell's FPB amps.

L.Drolet's picture

YBA 1 alpha; amp, pre amp, and CD. Those electronics are truly:"Simplement Musical".

Alvester Garnett's picture

Audio Research D200. I bought it at a great price about 3 years ago right after it was discontinued. It sounds synergetic in my system and will probably be there for quite some time, until I upgrade the preamp.

Troy McHenry's picture

My pair of B&W 602s are driven by an Arcam Alpha 7R, and, I hope, eventually also by an Arcam Alpha 8P.

James S.  Dolgin's picture

Audio Research Classic 60 I bought used from a reputable dealer. Had 'em re-tubed and "tuned up " by ARC, and for $2k have a superb tube amp that will last for "years & years."

Paul W.  Simoni's picture

Driving the Monitor Audio Studio 6's is an old Counterpoint SA-12 hybrid which puts out about 85wpch, and driving my Kinergetics SW800 MT's is a Rotel Rb-990BX, at 200 wpch.

Anonymous's picture

Bryston B-60

Paul Ng's picture

Accuphase Integrated E-203

Karl Richichi, U.T.  Film Dept.'s picture

Oh man, I missed last week's question. Everyone has listed some pretty amazing loudspeakers. My Martin-Logan ReQuest, Logos, SL3s, and Transducers (for HT only) are driven by 5 Linn Klout amps. Our bedroom loudspeakers are Martin-Logan Aerius i's, driven by a Golden Tube SEP 100 amp.

HOWARD F.  GOLDSTEIN's picture

B & K AMP AND PRE-AMP

Roy Tellefsen's picture

Air Tight ATM-2, great clarity and realism. NOS Amperex 12AX7 and 12AU7 are a significant improvement. Far more realistic musical presentation than any solid-state amp I have tried. Great bass.

Dave J.'s picture

PSE Studio V monoblocks. PSE never put a lot of effort or money into advertising, and unfortunately they're not as well known as they could (or should) be, but at $1000 apiece, the amps are very well built and an excellent value.

marc gagnon's picture

BRYSTON 4B NRB, 250 WPC of clean kick ass power!!

Anonymous's picture

Krell 300i

Don Ashley's picture

I currently drive my Vandersteen 3As with a McCormack DNA-1 amplifier. I chose this amplifier after many hours of in-home auditions. I feel the DNA-1 is possibly one of the best amps for under $2000 at the time of my purchase. I feel the musical enjoyment I get from my system is a result of the combination of equipment I am currently using. Before adding a tube preamp (C-J Premier 14), it was more difficult to realize the lifelike presence and inner detail of the vinyl and CDs I have collected over the years. I really love this preamp/amp/loudspeaker combination. To me it is musical enjoyment and musical reproduction. What strikes me is that C-J has purchased and is manufacturing McCormack equipment once again. Something must be there, because I am by no means an expert on sound, but a consumer who likes what he has put together.

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