What amplifier(s) are you using?

What amplifier(s) are you using?
And the answer is . . .
96% (298 votes)
Don't like what I have, but do like . . .
4% (11 votes)
Total votes: 309

We got a record number of responses last week when we asked readers to share their loudspeaker preferences. Now tell us what <I>drives</I> those speakers.

JKH, Santa Clara, CA's picture

Theta Data Basic II -> Adcom GDA 700 -> Adcom GDP-750 -> Adcom 5802, all Kimber connections.

Federico Cribiore's picture

Balanced Audio Technology VK-60 single-ended parallel tube amp. At the moment I have one, but would love to bridge them to mono in the near future. Great sound---tight, quick, and yet lush. Unbeatable, IMHO.

LC Blair III's picture

.......a Mark Levinson 332 amp and 380 pre amp.........with an EAD Diskmaster CD AND a Pioneer DV-09 DVD player (for 96/24 Disks). After literally years of trying and searching and fiddling with differing components, I believe I have finally come upon a combination that with my room, speakers, and components allows me to be *closer to the music* and gives constant goosebumps!!

Bill Schuldt's picture

Bryston 3BST - Lives up to its reviews and reputation.

Andr's picture


Mike Cannizzo's picture

Adcom GFA-5800

David Sierra's picture

McIntosh MC7104 biamping a pair of ADS L1530, I love the sound, very clear and effortless.

Luc Beliveau's picture

My amp is an Acoustat TNT 120 (1987). Nice look, nice sound. Parts quality is impressive. The replacement model is the Hafler Trans Nova, but the original is still working fine with my Totem 1s becauce of its high damping. Note the faceplate is brushed aluminum; they don't make nice faceplates anymore . . .

JWG's picture

Audio Research VT60 Smooth, plenty of power (I have Klipschorns) and always easy to listen to.

NEW HopeEd's picture

Krell FPB 200 power amp, Krell HR-3 PreAmp, Audio Research PH-3 (SE) phono amp.

Martin Desrosiers's picture

Krell KAV 300i

Frank op den Brouw's picture

accuphase E-205

Anonymous's picture

Krell KRC Pre

Brian Smith's picture

Audio Research D300. Very musical!

Garland J.'s picture

My NHT 2.5i's are driven by the fabulous Krell 300i integrated amp. This amp is literally the best buy in audio! Man, every single time that I listen to music at home, I feel like other high-end manufacturers are cheating folks out of their money. Krell amps are literally the best in the world! My MIT 330 and 750 series II interconnectors and speaker cables really are a perfect match for my amp. Wanting more would be a waste!

Bill Resvanis's picture

McCormack DNA 1---great amp driving Totem 1s.

Bill's picture

McCormack DNA 1 great amp driving Totem 1's

David Gray's picture

Classe amps

Charles Purvis Kelly, Jr.'s picture

Previously owned a McCormack TLC-1 preamplifier and Power Drive DNA-0.5 power amplifier. Now in quest of a more open and transparent sound, as well as getting ready for the acquisition of a pair of Vandersteen 2Ce's, I have changed from the McCormack TLC-1/Power Drive 0.5 to an Adcom GFP-750/GFA-555 Mk.II. I think that in order for the Vandies to perform at their best, they need to be fed a great deal of power and a lot of current in order to sound controlled and refined. The Vandies, I feel really could benefit from being partnered to a strong muscle amp. On those counts, the Adcom GFA-555 Mk.II qualifies, hands down. Lots of power, sensible price. An unbeatable combination.

E.Meyer's picture

A Bryston 3B-ST,at less than $2000, and the punch of many amps twice it's price, it's got it all, and a 20 year warranty.

dbs's picture

Brystons through and through. They make the Maggies sing,

Jason Portman's picture

62' Harmon Kardon Citation II

Scot Forier's picture

Absolutely nothing at the moment, but a cheap receiver. I'm in the process of finding the financing to purchase a Krell KAV300i.

Jon Weden's picture

Jadis Defy-7 Mk.2 w/Russian 6550s, Telefunken 12AX7s, National (E. Germany)12AU7s. Audio Research Ref1 FM Acc. 122

Don Murray's picture

Dynaco Stereo 80. I like its sound. I even bought a spare on ebay.

Bob Jenkis's picture

Krell KAV-500 driving a Dunlavy SC 3/SC 1 surround system. With REL subwoofers - pretty damn good!

Michael Crespo's picture

VTL ST-85 tube amp Very nice and this Class "C" amp is definitely better than the Class "B" amp I replaced with it (Bryston 3B-st)

Chris G's picture

Bryston 5B

Bryan's picture

Again, as a college student I can't afford high-end yet. I have the basic Pioneer 100W receiver. I do like and hope to someday own an Arcam intregrated amp and power amp to go with it, for 200W total.

Ryan Del Re's picture

I am using a Denon dolby digital deck... i know it isn't the most amazing amp, but I am in college and when combined with a dvd player, B&W CDM-7's as mains, Bose 301 as surround, an Aiwa center channel(soon to be B&W) and 95 watts per channel, BAM! Movies are always alive in my room and when there isn't a movie playing, music has to suffice (J/K) :) (I have heard a pair of Krell monoblocks(don't know the model) driving the infamous Nautilus 801's, and there is not another pair of amps i want!