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mdodgeknee
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Best Integrated Amp (for me)

Hi there:

I recently upgraded to a Pro-Ject Classic turntable. I currently own KEF LS50 bookshelf speakers and a Nikko NR-719 tuner (from the 1980s).

I'm interested in upgrading to a better-quality (and nicer-looking) integrated amplifier to pair with my turntable and speakers. I love things that are really simple and classic-looking (but of course I also want it to sound great). I'm looking to spend somewhere between $500-$1000.

Any suggestions would be most appreciated!

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Those a great pieces in your system. The key is to find an amplifier that will have no trouble powering those speakers, which have a pretty low sensitivity rating (common among quality bookshelf speakers). I would stick to at least 50 watts (even though the manual may say lower is acceptable). Just not sure how big your room is and how loud you like it. There are hundreds of options. Personally, I would look at...

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- Audiolab 6000a (I own one of these and love it, also has bluetooth and digital inputs which is nice. It's 50 watts and does a great job powering my ProAc Tablette 10s which are similar in specs to you KEFs).
- PS Audio Sprout 100 (Have one of these as well. It's class D so the sound is super clean, articulate and lots of power in a small form factor. Just not as warm sounding as Audiolab.
- Rega Brio (50 watts and have heard nothing but good things)
- Yamaha A-S801 (100 watt workhorse, can't really go wrong here...probably would look nice next to the Nikko)

Vintage is another option. So many good ones out there, and with your budget could score something fantastic.

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All great suggestions. Will

All great suggestions. Will investigate. (I'm also potentially interested in something vintage.) Thank you!!

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Vintage

If you're interested in vintage amps, there are many to choose from. I have a Sansui AU-999 (50 watts) that I can't recommend enough. It's my main setup. Plenty of power, beautiful sound all around. Also have a Kenwood KA-3500 (40 watts) that is wonderful.

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