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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:23 am 
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I'm looking for a few good suggestions.
I have owned many Totem speakers up to the Model Ones.
I have tried Moon, Nad, Marantz, and Arcam with my Hawks.
I recently purchased Rainmakers (again).
Any ideas on what to try with my Rainmakers (under $1500).
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:43 am 
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taylorfife wrote:
I have tried Moon, Nad, Marantz, and Arcam with my Hawks.

All these would work fine (perhaps Nad would be the best fit from that list) - and add a Naim Nait 5 to the list as well.


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A Rogue Audio Sphinx is well within your budget used and is the best affordable match I've paired them with. I've paired almost the entire Totem lineup with Rogue gear and the results are very good.

+2 on the Naim as well


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Sim Moon i-1 or 250I.....Cyrus 8vs and Exposure 2010s or s2....all within budget....and all have great synergy with the Rainmakers,but in different ways.......depending on the music you listen to and personal preferences for tonal balance,bass slam fine detail and so on.....auditioning, of course is key ...if it is practical.


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Dupont 62's suggestion of Exposure 2010s or s2 is a good one. Nice lively sound with those speakers.


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The Rainmakers are not too tough to drive - I would consider the following tube amps ~$1500-$2400

Rogue Audio as previously mentioned
Melody Audio MK88 http://angelcityaudio.com/products/melo ... hifi/mk88/ ($2000US)
Triode and Co TRX-88PP http://www.triode.co.jp/english/prod.html ($2200ish)
Line Magnetic 211Ia or 216Ia http://www.toneimports.com/lmaudio/216ia.html ($1600-1800US)
Antique Sound Labs AQ 1001 Mark II DT http://www.divertech.com/asl1001dt.html ($2000)
ANKits 35 watts per channel (but you have to build it) http://www.ankaudiokits.com/index.html# ($2000-$2800 depending on parts choices)
Audio Space AS3i http://www.audio-space.com/product/inte ... lifier/3i/ (~$1700)
Prima Luna Prologue http://www.primaluna-usa.com/product-ma ... m/prem-int (~$2300US)
Raven Audio https://www.ravenaudio.com/Nighthawk-MK ... _p_11.html ($2600US) have not heard this one but reports are seemingly favourable

For SS - I generally find that tube amps tend to better SS amps at double or more the price. For instance of the above amplifiers the Line Magnetic 211IA is the least expensive and I have not found a SS amp over the last 25 years that I like more up to $3000 with the exception of the Sugden A21a. Unfortunately the Sugden is now $4500 and for the $3000 price difference you can make a lot of upgrades to that 211IA to make it real interesting.

But tube amps can be a big ole pain the butt and the only reason I put up with them is for the sound. I mean output tubes are generally only good for 2000-8000 hours depending on the amp and so there is that expense - plus the added hydro bill, plus the weight - some of the above amps are in the 70lb range so put on the back brace.

If SS is the on the menu then I lean to the following not mentioned amp:
Roksan Kandy K2 http://www.roksan.co.uk/kandy-k2-integr ... ifier.html (~$2100)

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:23 am 
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Thank you for your replies.
A lot of good choices.
I was also looking at a Peachtree Nova 65
Any opinions on this for my Rainmakers.
They are also coming out with a Nova 150 next month.
Greg


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I have not tried it with Totems as I sold those before I bought it but my Peachtree Nova220se sounds great with my Harbeth SHL5's and also gets along really well with the Bryston Mini T's I have it paired with in the Bedroom system. I am also using a Peachtree SonaDAC as the preamp in my TV system driving Harbeth P3's with very good results. Great gear for the money. :)

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:01 pm 
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johnww wrote:
Dupont 62's suggestion of Exposure 2010s or s2 is a good one. Nice lively sound with those speakers.

.......also agree with the dupont suggestion wholeheartedly or a used Exposure 3010s which should also fit the $1500.Don't hear much about Torem- Exposure pairing but if prat and finesse is high on the want list ,try to give these a listen.This would also apply to the Model1.


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+3 Rogue Sphinx


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After checking out the amps available in my area, and listening to some,
I decided on something not on my list.
The Nova 65 I listened to sounded pushed to keep up with the rainmakers.
The Arcam had no digital inputs and I have owned three different Arcams over the years.
I bought a Yamaha A-S801 integrated.
The reviews where good and it sounded good right away.
It has 3 digital inputs plus enough analog to cover all my needs.
Plus plenty of power.
So we will see how it goes after a few weeks of listening.
Thanks for all your help.


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Be aware of the impedance switch the Yamaha has on the back, with the 4 ohm Rainmakers, you may want to employ it.

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I'll just add to this thread as I recently picked up a pair of the Rainmakers. What a nice speaker! They deserve to be on the short list for anyone looking for standmounts under 1500. They're not fully broken in yet but I can't believe the amount of bass. And there is air and top end detail that surprises me with the Nad C375BEE I'm using to drive them.

I'll be going easy on the Totems with the Nad as I've read that Totem does not really recommend Nad with some of their speakers(something about the power drive design). But sound wise it's quite good.

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I had Totem Rainmakers for a while, paired with a Naim Nait 5i. I thought the combination was excellent. Dynamic, punchy, airy and great PRaT.


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I powered my pair with a Simaudio MOON i-5. Excellent synergy.

I also ran them with a Denon receiver and they sounded OK (of course not as refined or punchy as the MOON) but still enjoyable - the rainmaker is a winner IMO. I owned them at the same time as a pair of Forest which I sold for the greater clarity and transparency of the Rainmaker.

Again, of course the Forest had better bass and weight. The Rainmakers had a fun factor though that I really enjoyed.


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