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Power Amo advice for Thiel CS3.6

Hello everyone
This is my first post having been out of the audio loop for 10 years
Used to have a Well Tempered Classic turntable, dynavector cartridge, AR classic 60 and AR SP9 with Thiel CS1.5’s. Sold them all when I moved to the US from NZ. The turntable had an unfortunate encounter with a friends autistic daughter who became infatuated with it - and detached the head shell. The rest is history.
I’m setting up a system again and need advice. I bouught an Oracle Delphi MK1 and I have Thiel CS3.6 speakers (thats it at the moment.

Im looking for a power amp to drive them. And looking to spend $2500 - $3500I or so. ve read previous Stereophile Reviews and it appears that the ultimate recommendation is a ML 23.5. since CS3.6’s require alot of power to perform at their best. As a cheaper alternative to a ML23.5, Im also considering an Audio Research 400L power amp, - however Im wondering if Im on the right track, or just chasing shadows? Your advice would be greatly appreciated, as well as some possible pairing presmp options.
Thanks in advance for your time, and opinions
Frank

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I suggest

Edit: I had recommended the NAD C 298 for a little under $2k. Since then, Stereophile has posted Kal Rubinson's review and John Atkinson's measurements, and I would now point you to that at the following link.

https://www.stereophile.com/content/nad-c-298-power-amplifier

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Power Amps for Thiel 3.6’s

JRT
Thanks very much for the recommendation and technical information. I’ll follow up on this. Great stuff.

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Pre Amp recommendations

I recently bought a pair of Parasound Halo JC-1 monos to drive my Thiel CS3.6 Speakers.
I dont as yet have a preamp and I must admit, Im at an impasse. Id prefer a preamp with Phono if possible in the under 3k range. Ive been toying with the idea of ARC SP’s but again its a grey area for me.
There isnt alot published on this topiic. Your advice would be greatly appreciated - thanks in advance.

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I got two for review and

I got two NAD C298s for review and neither had any such problems.

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