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kroggel
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Need Help: Amp for Kef r3

Hey,
just bought a pair of kef r3. it was such a good deal, that i ordered them blindly. Had no chance to check them out before either.

Now I need an Amp. And I read and read and just don´t seem to find one that fits my criteria. I´m not all about neutral Sound. I need it "warm" and without harshness in any way. I have four main criteria.

Enough power to drive the R3s
a good Phono Stage
An Equalizer inside the Amp
Aluminium or Metal Frontplate

and it should not be to analytical. punchy and warm would be nice.

thought about the audiolab 6000a but it doesn´t seem to have any kind of EQ. Rega Brio doesn´t either. Cambridge CXA60 doesnt have a Phono Stage. NAD seems to harsh and is always a littlebit plastiky.

Am I missing something or is there nothing in the 1000€ Range?

Thanx

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amp for kef r 3

I have the same questions and the same criteria for finding a perfect amp match with the kef r 3 speakers.

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I have the Audiolab 6000A powering ProAc Tab 10s (so roughly the same specs) in one of my rigs and it's amazing. Excellent fidelity, articulate, instrument separation is incredible, quality phono stage, but warm? Nope. To be honest, I think if you want the warmth, you either need to go vintage or invest in a tube phono preamp. For your budget you could get a killer refurbished vintage amp with EQ, metal face, lotsa power, and all the warmth you want. My other setup is a Sansui AU-999 with a Vincent PHO-701 tube phono preamp -now that's warm. Love it.

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I have the Audiolab 6000A powering ProAc Tab 10s (so roughly the same specs) in one of my rigs and it's amazing. Excellent fidelity, articulate, instrument separation is incredible, quality phono stage, but warm? Nope. To be honest, I think if you want the warmth, you either need to go vintage or invest in a tube phono preamp. For your budget you could get a killer refurbished vintage amp with EQ, metal face, lotsa power, and all the warmth you want. My other setup is a Sansui AU-999 with a Vincent PHO-701 tube phono preamp -now that's warm. Love it.

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