cheap amp for Sony CD3000
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I've recently purchased a pair of used Sony CD3000 and now looking for a decent amp <100$. I know that amps at this price range wont do them justice but I just need something go drive them properly and my supermini isnt quite up to the task.
I could also build an amp myself so diy suggestions are very welcome as well.
Any ideas on the cha47 or cmoy with buffers?
 
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Not to bash your hope, but as im sure you have been informed numerous times, the cd3k are a very hard cans to drive. I doubt you will find an amp under $100 that will do anything for them. The cha47 and CMoy are good amps, but IMO, i doubt they will do any better than your super mini.

If anythinig, look for a META42, PIMETA, or go for a gilmore lite (if you can bump up your budget).


I hope i helped you a bit.
 
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next step up i'd say is to save a bit more and look for a used pimeta or equivalent amp. you already have a supermini so you have an idea what a sub-$100 amp is like already. Don't waste your money on something that you'll probably regret later (in other words, feed the addiction and upgrade
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Guess, I just can't escape upgraditis even if I fight it...
 
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Let's get this right: You're looking for a $100 amp for your MSRP $700 headphones?
 
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Quote:

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Let's get this right: You're looking for a $100 amp for your MSRP $700 headphones?


naw, it's just an interim solution till i build my ppa.
 
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Quote:

Originally posted by saint.panda
naw, it's just an interim solution till i build my ppa.


if you're able to build a ppa, you can easily build a good pimeta for 100$.

Cha-47 could be a bit harsh for headphones that don't need that. You could build a simple meta42-like amp on breadboard for around 50-75€, it could be nice.

If your source is good and has a full 2V output, you could also just try an unity gain current boosting device, with a pair of buffer by channel and a good power supply.
 
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Save a little and get a used Perreaux, allegedly it has great synergy with the CD3K's.
 
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I second the Perreaux amp for the CD3K. Although, finding one will be difficult, but if you look hard enough..you will be reward with warm and very musical enjoyment.


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I agree with the Perreaux suggestions too. I also like the idea of a PPA w/Elpac, particularly one with OPA 627/637 opamps, IMO.
 
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i have found that alot of people aren't really willing to let go of their shx-1's... unless they are doing major major upgrades.
 
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The minimum for it, decent is the Perreaux, the rest IMO is a waste of money, as many ahd suggested already save a little bit more, and go for a little Perreaux, if portability is not an issue, if it is, the LaRocco Pocket reference is the other that crosses my mind right now....
 
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