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smrex13's picture
Last seen: 2 years 4 months ago
Joined: Dec 3 2013 - 1:44pm
Looking to upgrade from my Acurus DIA 100

Hi everyone,

I hope that this holiday season finds you well. I have had an Acurus DIA 100 for approximately 20 years. It was a great $1,000 integrated in its day, but I'm starting to get the upgrade bug. I'm sure that the technology has improved significantly over the last two decades. I will slowly be upgrading the other parts of my system, but I want to start with an integrated (or power/pre combo if there's one in my price range). I'm setting $2,000 as my budget, but I could perhaps go a bit higher if something really stands out from the crowd. I listen primarily to CDs. I don't have a good stereo store near me, but through much reading of reviews from many sources, I'm considering the following and would love your thoughts on any/all of them.

a. Anthem 225

b. Roksan Kandy K2

c. Exposure 2010 S

d. Creek 5350

If you feel one of these really stands out or that there's something I'm omitting, I'd appreciate your input.

Thanks so much and happy holidays!

commsysman's picture
Last seen: 1 year 12 months ago
Joined: Apr 4 2006 - 11:33am
Integrated Amplifier.

The Creek and Exposure amplifiers are very good.

The Musical Fidelity M3i is also outstanding, for $1500 (from Audio Advisor).


Also...due to the pending sale of one of my homes, I have a M3i I will sell for $900. It is two years old and like new. Another option. Send me a PM if interested.


I don't think the Anthem or Roksan have the quality of the others; I have serious reservations about them.

Bill B
Bill B's picture
Last seen: 9 years 1 month ago
Joined: Jul 28 2012 - 1:59pm

Consider preamp + power amp combos from Vincent,  or integrated amp from them, in the high side of that price range.  check them out in audioadvisor dot com.

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