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post #61 of 91
well you'll need to budget for an amp with the X12. most entry level amps will cost u 300-400 for something decent


try the Dynaudio Audience 52se if you're looking for bookshelves. around 500 for a used pair.
post #62 of 91
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Originally Posted by endless402 View Post
well you'll need to budget for an amp with the X12. most entry level amps will cost u 300-400 for something decent


try the Dynaudio Audience 52se if you're looking for bookshelves. around 500 for a used pair.
You can get Adcom amps which range from $125 to $400 for good ones and depending on your wattage needs.
post #63 of 91
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I have gone ahead and demoed the Totem Rainmaker. I really liked the soundstage and the bass sounded quite solid. The midrange was quite good as well. Only the highs were not the best - not bad, really, but not too great, although the speakers were right out of the box when I listened to them. I think as of now, The NHT is my top pick, so long as a subwoofer works with my setup. I think what I will do is first purchase an amp, then ask one of the stores to let me buy a subwoofer on a non-conditional return policy, and then try it out in my setup.

So for amps I would like to get something used to maximize my value. Here are my options that I know of so far: something from Harman Kardon, something from Denon, an Adcom amp, or punk_guy's little dot amp, which he is willing to sell me for 600 shipped.
post #64 of 91
i recommend entry level rotel, cambridge audio and nad for integrated amps
good selection under 500

remember, power ratings arent that relevant
post #65 of 91
Hmm... reiterate for me please. So you are asking for recommendation for stereo power amp or stereo receiver, right? And this is for the NHT Classic Three's?
post #66 of 91
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Originally Posted by endless402 View Post
i recommend entry level rotel, cambridge audio and nad for integrated amps
good selection under 500

remember, power ratings arent that relevant
Integrated amps are a preamp and power amp in one, but what exactly is a preamp? Can I use my DAC as the preamp in my system and then just buy a power amp?

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Hmm... reiterate for me please. So you are asking for recommendation for stereo power amp or stereo receiver, right? And this is for the NHT Classic Three's?
That's right. I need something to work with 2.1 only.
post #67 of 91
if your dac has a volume control, then you can use it as a preamp but it might not be very fleixible than a normal preamp as in the number of outputs, etc. (note i did not read the whole thread to see which dac u had)

a preamp is just the volume control and input selector. it also contains outputs to control multiple amps including a subwoofer

i've personally gone through a few budget integrated amps including a mid 90s denon 2ch, nad c320bee and the rotel ra-02 and i recommend both the nad and rotel, nad being warmer sounding and the rotel being better at detail

there are a few good deals on canuckaudiomart right now including the Arcam 7, which is located in coquitlam so u could demo them. nice warm british sound. theres also a Cambridge 640A V2 on there. cant go wrong with any of these.
post #68 of 91
I have the Compass and I use it as DAC/Headphone Amp and when I'm not using it as a HeadAmp, I use it as a preamp to my Little Dot T_150 Power Amp. On my power amp there are Bypass RCA inputs so the T_150 only acts a power amp and I adjust the volume via Compass. It can also work as an integrated amp by selecting the source from the different RCA inputs and by adjusting volume.
post #69 of 91
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Well I guess an integrated amp is the thing for me, unless I end up buying a combo power amp and preamp.

Here are a couple of things I found on craigslist:

An Adcom GFA 545 II power amp with an Adcom surround sound preamp/tuner combination GTP 550 for $625.

A Rotel RB981 Amplifier with RC995 Control Amp for $700

A Rotel RA 1412 integrated amp for $325

All three of these look good for me. What do you think? And what about punk_guy's amp?

@punk_guy: although your amp seems like a good deal to me, I really have no way of knowing how good it sounds, seeing as there doesn't seem to be a single review available on the internet. EDIT: from looking at some pictures of it, I suspect that I would need to input subwoofers into a preamp, as I don't see any inputs for one. This could mean trouble, seeing as I don't really want to buy a separate preamp if I'm already spending a lot on the amplifier itself.
post #70 of 91
^ RA1412 imo is too old. look for something more recent for rotel

check out the cambridge audio stuff on canuck audio

u can go listen to those amps locally at a few dealers. if you dont mind a demo one with warranty, signatureaudio on cambie street has the 540v2 for 450 and the 640v2 for 600. prob negotiable prices too
post #71 of 91
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if you dont mind a demo one with warranty, signatureaudio on cambie street has the 540v2 for 450 and the 640v2 for 600. prob negotiable prices too
Great! I will demo these two amps tomorrow, and will purchase immediately if I like them, which I gather I will based on a fantastic review by what hi-fi.

By the way, how do I audition an amplifier. As in, I don't have a good pair of speakers right now to try them with, and if I use theirs I won't really know how good the amp itself is. Should I bring a pair of headphones....?
post #72 of 91
Screw that guy selling the Adcom set. He is WAAAAAY off the mark. For that tuner and amp, the most I would pay is $350. And even THAT is generous. The fair value for those two is probably closer to $250.

That Rotel set looks decent. Not sure what the RC995 goes for but the Rotel 981 goes for maybe around $275-$350.
post #73 of 91
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Great! I will demo these two amps tomorrow, and will purchase immediately if I like them, which I gather I will based on a fantastic review by what hi-fi.

By the way, how do I audition an amplifier. As in, I don't have a good pair of speakers right now to try them with, and if I use theirs I won't really know how good the amp itself is. Should I bring a pair of headphones....?
ken at signature audio is a good guy. he'll give you good advice. i purchased my cambridge audio dacmagic from him and my friend purchased his synthesis melody speakers last week.

it's difficult to audition without bringing your speakers. i highly doubt you can go wrong with cambridge audio, nad or rotel.

he might have some entry level speakers that you might get interested in instead of the NHT. I'm not sure cause most of his stuff is usually higher end (tubes, proac speakers, etc.) Perhaps...focus audio, triangle or elac, all good brands. one option is to say "i have $x budget, what can i get?"

no harm taking a first listen. if you ordered your speakers already, you can bring them there later and audition.

few things to remember:
dont audition anything outside of your budget!
bring music that you listen to!
trust your ears, online reviews only get you so far.

the shop is small and he's a one man band so you might have to wait in line to audition.
post #74 of 91
Thread Starter 
Ok, I have officially made my first speaker related purchase....ever! I went to the store today and demoed the 640A V2 against some $1700 amp they had on display over some $1800 speakers. After auditioning the two, there was quite a noticeable difference, especially in sound stage and midrange with the 640A sounding way better. The only issue, which was small, was that the highs were a tiny bit grainy and bright, but this is supposed to mellow out after burn-in. Anyways, I picked it up for $600 Canadian plus tax after being quite impressed with the performance.

I now have it set up with a pair of old Sony speakers where I obviously notice almost no difference, but when plugging in my headphones the difference is huge. The amp is so much warmer and more detailed than my DAC. It makes the DAC, which I was originally amazed with (versus a stock sound card) sound thin and overly bright. (Also when you change the volume on the remote the volume knob on the unit turns on its own!! )

So right now I'm going from PC to DAC to amp. Is this how I should be doing it, or is there some way to do a line-out type thing and go directly to the amp from my PC without having to go through the onboard sound card or the DAC?

That aside, I now need to make a decision as to what subwoofer to get, as I am already 90% sure that I'm getting the NHT's as my speakers (unless anything better appears). I have been recommended something from SVS, which would be the PB10-NSD. What are general opinions on the cylindrical tower subs from SVS (i.e. the PC12-NSD if I can get it used)? I have also been recommended the HSU STF-2 or VTF-1. Opinions and other suggestions?
post #75 of 91
You got it right with the subs. Any of those brands which you can get a deal on will do great. Still try and listen to some Totems if you get the chance.
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