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Integrated Amps with HT Bypass?

I'm looking to purchase an integrated amplifier to match with a pair of Paradigm Studio 20s. I would like to limit my search to those with HT bypass, throughput, pass-thru, or whatever it's being called these days.

My budget is around 1K used so any models that retail for 1500-2000 might be ok too.

It's hard to find a list of amps with this feature so I'd like to hear about any models that have an HT bypass, even if your not too keen on the sound.

Thanks for any and all input.

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Re: Integrated Amps with HT Bypass?

Integrated amps are going to be tough.

Several preamps though:
Emotiva

Outlaw
Lexicon
PS Audio
McIntosh
Krell

There is also a passive line controller with HT bypass that you would have to run into a preamp.

Go stereo, its all you need.

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Re: Integrated Amps with HT Bypass?

I think the Krell KAV300i fits the bill.

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Re: Integrated Amps with HT Bypass?

Yeah, there are a couple on AudiogoN.

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Re: Integrated Amps with HT Bypass?

Thanks for the input. Please keep it coming....I know there must be others who have wondered about this.

So far, I've come up with these models that have some form of HT Bypass/Passthrough:

PS Audio GCC-100 Control Amp
Musical Fidelity A3.5
Musical Fidelity A5
Sim Audio I3se
Arcam FMJ A22 (no bypass but has input "gain adjustment")
Marantz PM7001 ("source direct mode")
Krell KAV 300i
Bryston B-100 ("reprogrammable pass through")
Naim Nait 5i (unity gain)
Arcam A80 ("software configurable AV processor switch")

There are apparently others but these were the closest to my budget. My understanding is that some manufacturers call HT Bypass other names like "pass-through" "throughput" or "unity gain", but it is difficult to find dealers that truly understand these features or even know which models have them, so most of my research was conducted online or by phone, therefore I am open to any educated corrections in my list.......enilighten me please!

For now I am leaning towards the Krell, the MF 3.5, the Naim Nait 5i, or one of the Arcams, but I am going to keep an eye on things and take a week or two to decide.

Any suggestions on which would be most musical with my Paradigm Studio 20s v3 for 2.0 or 2.1 setup?

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Re: Integrated Amps with HT Bypass?

Portrait,

If you are in SoCal, jump over to Las Vegas this month and we'll BBQ in your honor and play with the Krell!

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