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Hello I recently purchased a set of Martin logan mosaics and I need help picking out a good preamp and amp to power them.
I've been wanting to go with separate components but a receiver isn't out of the question.

I have very little knowledge of speaker setups so any help will be appreciated

Budget is $1200 ish


Thanks
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Looks like your Mosaics are a fairly tough load to drive. (I don't know for sure since there's no impedance / electrical phase graph I can find; the ML Montages may be similar - http://www.stereophile.com/content/martinlogan-montage-loudspeaker-measurements) You'll probably want an amp that's stable (that is, has a power output rating) into a 4 ohm load. Perhaps favor high current designs, if you tend to push the volume up.

 

Separates can offer better performance, but there are many well designed and well regarded integrated amplifiers that can offer the same, if not better, performance.

 

Outlaw Audio RR 2150 ($699)

NAD C356BEE ($799)

Marantz PM8004 ($999)

Creek Evolution 50A ($1195)

 

If you're committed to separates, I've heard good things about Emotiva. The USP-1 stereo preamp is $449 while the XPA-200 stereo power amp is $499. They also offer a 30-day no-hassle return policy since they sell direct.

 

https://www.outlawaudio.com/products/rr2150.html

http://nadelectronics.com/products/hifi-amplifiers/C-356BEE-Stereo-Integrated-Amplifier

http://us.marantz.com/us/products/pages/ProductDetails.aspx?CatId=hificomponents&ProductId=PM8004

http://www.creekaudio.com/integrated-amplifiers/evolution-50a/

 

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/processors/products/usp1

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/xpa200

 

Hope this helps!

post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 
It was a great help. Thank you.
Went with a preamp and two channel amp. Should have plenty of power now..
Emotiva XPA 200 and XDA 2. With some speaker cables and their power cleaner
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