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Modern integrated amp for a vintage guy?

Discussion in 'New Gear - Performance' started by loaded, Dec 2, 2018.

  1. loaded

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    I'm a vintage guy thinking about going modern. There, I said it. I really know nothing about the modern offerings as I have never had any interest. However, over the years my vintage set up has become more and more difficult to make space for in my small condo. I recently slipped a pair of Kef Q150's into my set up while my Boston Acoustic A400's were out of commission being re-foamed. Well, I love these little speakers. A lot. And now, I have started down a dark road wondering what else can I swap out to get some space back.

    I started looking at an integrated amp and I'm kind of lost as I'm not very familiar with the brands... so I thought you all could provide some good experiences and suggestions to help. So, first off, I am not an audiophile. But, I do want a great listening experience. I do not listen critically, just for enjoyment. Though, I am critical about my enjoyment! My set up is stereo only, I listen to vinyl and I'll stream music while I'm tooling around the space. I currently have a Sansui AU5900 preamping an Onkyo M-504 amp. I love this set up, but it's a pretty stout stack. Is there something new and more compact that will offer similar or better sound quality. Not looking for an all the bells and whistles kind of thing, simple with a premium put on the sound quality. Oh an I'm not rich... so I'll say around $500 since I know most of the suggestions will be just over my budget. But definitely under $800.

    Thanks in advance!
     

     

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  3. bjlefebvre

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    I will second the Yamahas. Amazon has a refurbished A-S801 for less than $700 right now - I'd grab that in a heartbeat. The phono amp on that is good, and it has room for an optical input for a DAC or Google Chromecast Audio - boom, you're set. If you miss that one, they have a little-brother version - the A-S501 - for regular price of under $500. I've had both of those in my set up in the past and really liked them. Sometimes I still miss the A-S801, but I'm a tube man now.
     
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  4. bjlefebvre

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    Those Yamaha amp's look real purty, too.
    Sorry. No affiliation with Yamaha. But when the time comes to get rid of all the separates, I'll most likely go back to the Yammy (or the Rogue).
     
  5. loaded

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    wow, they look amazing! no digital displays... and knobs! I forgot to mention I need knobs. Thanks guys, this gives me something to obsess over. It's funny, I thought I would see a bunch of brands I didn't recognize since that's what I have seen. But, nope, right back to Yamaha. My first favorite speakers were Yamaha.

    thanks!
     
  6. Archguy

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    I like the Yamahas and have a few, but I'd also recommend the Cambridge CXA60, which can be had refurbished (factory, w/warranty) right in your ball park.

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    However, if space is really at a premium, we have chip amps....:idea:
     

     

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  7. loaded

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    that just eeks in my price range... and it looks good. big knob. just took a quick look at that chip amp link... have you heard them?
     
  8. Archguy

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    Oh yeah. Many of us have heard many of them. My favorite right now is the FX502SPRO at the link, but I haven't heard the Allo Volt+ and Volt+D and a number of guys swear by those. Enjoy that thread when you have some time--it's very informative.

    Meanwhile, the Cambridge above can be had "refurbished (factory, w/warranty)" for considerably less than the list price.
     
  9. avionic

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    I like my Yamaha's I also like my CambridgeAudio Azur 740C..
     
  10. Old Guy8

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    Not heard modern Yamahas.
    I have Rogue Sphinx version 1 hybrid tube / class D. Two pre tubes that can be rolled for tone changes. No tone controls, though, if ok with that. 100 wpc @ 8 ohms, 200 wpc @ 4ohms. Nice phono MM pre. A used one should fit at high end of your $800 budget.
    Oops, noticed you said new. Never mind.
     
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  11. The Fuxtor

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    look at the Schiit goodies. Small form factors , modern and actually built in the USA!
     

     

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