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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:04 pm 
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Hi,
i am getting a little overwhelmed in trying to pick an integrated amplifier. This will be my first amplifier.

I have a pair of JBL 530 bookshelf speakers and I am planning on getting a turntable.

Does anyone have a recommendation for an amplifier that would sound good with the JBL 530 speakers to play some vinyl?

My budget is $1000, but it would be great to find something $500-$750.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:16 pm 
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The 530's sound great with hyped based amps, specifically the Rogue Audio Sphinx. A version 1 recently sold for $700. I really loved the synergy between the Sphinx and 530's. Paired with the right amp they are one of the best sounding speakers I've heard around their price point.

http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/ ... io-sphinx/


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:00 am 
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jgab wrote:
Hi,

My budget is $1000, but it would be great to find something $500-$750.

Thanks,
JGAb


The budget champ is typically NAD - there are always lots available on the used market - CAM had a nice C326BEE available for 400$ and a monster C375BEE for a little over double that.

Or if you want the vintage sound something like a NAD 3020 is also easily in your budget and considered a classic in audio circles.

Just note that most newer integrated amplifiers don't have phono pre-amps built-in so you'll need to pick one up (CAM has used ones). If you buy something older they usually have phone preamps built in.

The NAD stereo receivers are also a possible solution for your situation - and CAM has some of those also (I used to own a while back a NAD 7220PE and it sounded good to my ears).

IMHO aim for the lower end of your budget - that way if you don't get "into" the hobby you've not spent a ton of money. If after a year or so you are still enthused you can start moving up once you know what you REALLY want/like. Plus if you buy something already depreciated (used) you won't take as big of a hit once you resell.

Have fun finding your first love (amplifier love that is).


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Anthem 225...in your top end of your price range.

http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649411735-anthem-integrated-225/

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I really liked the sound of my last Arcam fmj A-38 i have had 2 of rhe Anthem 225 they sound
great but both had issues with run away volume when using the remote.


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...Yamaha S501...even just for comparisons...

https://www.crutchfield.com/S-RF5MnAI9X ... ilver.html

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Stone wrote:
...Yamaha S501...even just for comparisons...

https://www.crutchfield.com/S-RF5MnAI9X ... ilver.html

I was thinking the S-801. I have seen it new on sale at $899 and it adds the phono input.


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...I think the 501 has phono too...but good call...

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You'll be hard pressed to find a better performer for the money - a Yamaha CA-1000 for $550: http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649427535-yamaha-ca1000-near-mint/

It has a very good phono preamp, with both MM and MC.

A review: http://www.thevintageknob.org/yamaha-CA-1000.html

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Here is what I would pick up:

http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/ ... rated-amp/

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mpublicover wrote:
Stone wrote:
...Yamaha S501...even just for comparisons...

https://www.crutchfield.com/S-RF5MnAI9X ... ilver.html

I was thinking the S-801. I have seen it new on sale at $899 and it adds the phono input.

My vote would be the Yamaha as well. They sound great, built like a tank will last forever.


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Take your pick:

https://www.whathifi.com/features/best- ... s-lifetime

https://www.whathifi.com/features/best- ... st-century


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NordicNorm wrote:
You'll be hard pressed to find a better performer for the money - a Yamaha CA-1000 for $550: http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649427535-yamaha-ca1000-near-mint/

It has a very good phono preamp, with both MM and MC.

A review: http://www.thevintageknob.org/yamaha-CA-1000.html

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It's probably the same circuit as the CR-1000 receiver (same year), regarding the power amp. In that design, IIRC, the front end of the power amplifier has a regulated power supply. Which is a good thing. phono circuit looks, er, extreme. Back when phono was king. Of course it is their best for that year. Always gotta watch out for the dirty contacts on those yamaha's with the class A switch. they need to be perfect. So sensitive that I picked up a a-700, with the class A switch and I went at it with the explicit intent of re-capping the class a switching section and the biasing circuit, before it could blow up in my face...via cleaning the class a switch and recapping the bias circuit..and I never made it. The amp failed before I managed to get that done.

The vast majority of all those Yamaha 'class switchable' integrated failures..happens around that switch and associated circuit. probably 90%+ of that series of design's failures. Keep that switch clean, the solder junctions good, and the capacitors in that section replaced, and they will last just fine. Generally, the switch has to be pulled, taken apart, and the contacts sanded clean with 2000 grit. Take no chances, contact cleaners are not to be trusted here, at all.. As it's a bias circuit and will not tolerate a bad switch like the rest of the given amplifier out there generally can. Bad contacts for a fraction of a second and the magic smoke gets out. But, generally these switches lasted 10-20 years before a full rebuild was and is required. But it is definitely responsible for +90% of all the failures of that series of amps from Yamaha. This is probably why they abandoned that feature and switch. Not that it was bad, or short lived before it failed.... it is just the sheer inevitability of a failure. There's a pretty well 100% chance that this is how the amplifier will eventually die. Ie, my experience with them is somewhere around ~20 out of ~20 on that being the failure point.

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Another vote for NAD, you should be able to grab something for half your budge without an issue. I run a C320BEE in one of my systems and enjoy it a lot. You'll want to make sure the one you grab has a phono stage.


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These can often be had for under $1k. It's what I've been using for the last few months. I have the slightly newer 2010S2 and have been quite happy with it. Don't know how it might match with your speakers though. That's always the listen to it & learn part of the hobby.

https://www.stereophile.com/integratedamps/1105exposure/index.html

The newer Rega Brio gets pretty high remarks as well and apparently has a pretty good phono stage.

Just saw that you're in West Kelowna. Richard at Milkcrate Records sells some of the Rega line, incl the Brio & he frequently has a sale. HiFi Attic carries the line as well. Lots of good gear to put on the wish list at that store.

Visions often has the Yamahas on sale.

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