Integrated Amplifier, Pre/Power or Receiver - POLL

amplifiers, receivers and loudspeakers

What is your main system amplification?

Integrated Amplifier
896
42%
Pre/Power Amplifier
755
36%
Stereo Receiver
275
13%
Multi Channel Receiver
140
7%
Pre + Active Speakers
42
2%
Headphone Amplifier
4
0%
 
Total votes: 2112

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Re: Integrated Amplifier, Pre/Power or Receiver - POLL

Post by Gravitar8 » 16 Jan 2020 22:47

Funny you should say that...im shopping for an Oppo!
ps here is the 1990's under-rated/underappreciated (by those in the dark lol) Yamaha AVR killing it with SuperMMGs and LP. :) =D>
https://www.thesilo.ca/wp-content/uploa ... -sMMGs.mp4
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14 Jan 2020 18:25
Gravitar8 wrote:
05 Jun 2019 15:44
Wow a poll that continues...to this day! I just wanted to add that the poll could have included this option: AVR (with pre-amp OUT capability) + dedicated power amp (pre-amp IN). It may seem like splitting hairs but not so. Here is why-
The 1990s Yamaha AVR that I am using makes so much sense in my small listening area (available set up space, budget limits etc) because 1) it has a surprisingly good MM phono section 2) tone controls that are quiet and accurate (though I seldom if ever use them) 3) remote control volume and source selection which in turn controls the power amp 4) DTS and Dolby Digital decoding and power amp in the AVR (that is NOT turned off or defaulted when using the AVR as a pre-amp. This means i can use the power amp for the main L/R (I prefer phantom center) and the AVR for powering the side/rear surround speakers. Convince me I'm wrong?
I know you're right. Plus, your AVR can become as state of the art as a modern HDMI AVR with just the addition of a Universal Player with multi-channel analog output and an Airport Express.

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Post by Gravitar8 » 16 Jan 2020 22:48

That's a good Integrated!
juan2play wrote:
11 Jul 2019 08:06
Yamaha A-1000 integrated amp. Has several phono preamp settings for MM and MC capable.

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Re: Integrated Amplifier, Pre/Power or Receiver - POLL

Post by BoblK » 28 Jan 2020 00:31

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SA-600
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Stereo Receiver - 1978 vintage Technics SA-600

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Re: Integrated Amplifier, Pre/Power or Receiver - POLL

Post by ROY_H » 29 Jan 2020 10:05

After enjoying a pair of Linsley-Hood home-built 75W amps, I joined the dark side and went multi-channel for a while, mainly Denon.
Times changed and I resurrected my AR Turntable, spruced it up with a few additions then felt the Denon X2000 wasn't doing justice to the sound but still wanted the flexibility of HDMI inputs for BluRay/SACD and my TV system. Bought an Onkyo 8270 stereo receiver which I'm VERY happy with. Good open sound and using a Nobsound valve phono preamp (I'm on the very long thread on here!)

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Re: Integrated Amplifier, Pre/Power or Receiver - POLL

Post by British Raj » 30 Jan 2020 23:14

Well peeps, after a lot of fretting and struggling, I seem to have hit a jackpot ... and for very little money too.

I was running a vintage Rega P2 with an upgraded tone arm and a nice re-tipped low mass paratrace diamond stylus from the Expert Stylus company. So far so good but I was sending the music to my active B&O Beolab 8000s through a vintage NAD 3020e integrated amp. The only way to draw a line level, unamplified signal from the NAD was to plug in the Beolabs through a 3.5mm jack into the headphone socket on the front panel. While this was sort of OK, I was not really happy and there seemed to be a hum. No hum from the NAD if i drive passive speakers through the power amp as it was designed.

Well, for a very reasonable price, I have picked up a pristine, vintage Rotel RC-850 today. It looks as new as it did decades ago when it left the factory and works and sounds blissful in my set up. No more fiddling with headphone sockets and jacks. Not a trace of a hum! :D I am connecting the outputs from the preamp directly to my active speakers. The volume, tone and balance (checked to see if working but now set back to the off position) works an absolute treat. I am so happy!

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Re: Integrated Amplifier, Pre/Power or Receiver - POLL

Post by davebenz1 » 01 Feb 2020 23:02

Kyocera R--461 receiver. MOSFET. Gets the job done. 34 years trouble free service.

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Re: Integrated Amplifier, Pre/Power or Receiver - POLL

Post by JazzVinyl251 » 05 Feb 2020 04:53

Might be little random to post in this topic, but I can't decide between 3 amps, the Marantz PM40, PM45 or a NAD 3020B.

I'm told that the NAD is warm and fluffy sounding compared to Marantz which would be a bit more clean and clinical sounding?

Anyone that can point me in the right direction ?

Thanks
Matt

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Re: Integrated Amplifier, Pre/Power or Receiver - POLL

Post by Sterling1 » 05 Feb 2020 13:41

JazzVinyl251 wrote:
05 Feb 2020 04:53
Might be little random to post in this topic, but I can't decide between 3 amps, the Marantz PM40, PM45 or a NAD 3020B.

I'm told that the NAD is warm and fluffy sounding compared to Marantz which would be a bit more clean and clinical sounding?

Anyone that can point me in the right direction ?

Thanks
Matt
The right direction is an amp that will properly drive your speakers.

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Re: Integrated Amplifier, Pre/Power or Receiver - POLL

Post by Voxy » 07 Feb 2020 14:08

Marantz NR1510 slim av receiver does a good job as a preamp with all the wireless connectivity for streaming. Got rid of Universal player, only source is a SL1200GR. Adding a pair of hypex monoblocs for stereo channels. Very cost effective upgrade.

Change the av amp every 3 yrs for newer format, hardware.

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Re: Integrated Amplifier, Pre/Power or Receiver - POLL

Post by Wised » 07 Feb 2020 16:07

McIntosh MC462 and C53
B&W 803D3
B&W DB1 x2

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Re: Integrated Amplifier, Pre/Power or Receiver - POLL

Post by Wised » 07 Feb 2020 16:15

JazzVinyl251 wrote:
05 Feb 2020 04:53
Might be little random to post in this topic, but I can't decide between 3 amps, the Marantz PM40, PM45 or a NAD 3020B.

I'm told that the NAD is warm and fluffy sounding compared to Marantz which would be a bit more clean and clinical sounding?

Anyone that can point me in the right direction ?

Thanks
Matt
Dont pay much attention to such descriptions. Pick the one with the most juice and lowest distortion. Thats what an amp is all about. The tricky thing is finding out the true power rating since RMS is an easily massaged figure. For example are the RMS and distortion specs 20 to 20k hz? Even more important what is the dynamic headroom specs? At what distortion level is it (it should be less than 1%).

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Re: Integrated Amplifier, Pre/Power or Receiver - POLL

Post by Wised » 07 Feb 2020 16:44

BoblK wrote:
28 Jan 2020 00:31
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Stereo Receiver - 1978 vintage Technics SA-600
Great memories of that particular reciever! It looks to be in wonderful condition!

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Re: Integrated Amplifier, Pre/Power or Receiver - POLL

Post by Sterling1 » 08 Feb 2020 17:32

Voxy wrote:
07 Feb 2020 14:08
Marantz NR1510 slim av receiver does a good job as a preamp with all the wireless connectivity for streaming. Got rid of Universal player, only source is a SL1200GR. Adding a pair of hypex monoblocs for stereo channels. Very cost effective upgrade.

Change the av amp every 3 yrs for newer format, hardware.
How does the unit work as a preamp when it only has sub preout? How do you send line out to monoblics for stereo when there are no RCA outs for it? Seems you can only use the power amps for subwoofer sending something between 40Hz to 200Hz to amps.

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Re: Integrated Amplifier, Pre/Power or Receiver - POLL

Post by Wised » 08 Feb 2020 18:00

Sterling1 wrote:
08 Feb 2020 17:32
Voxy wrote:
07 Feb 2020 14:08
Marantz NR1510 slim av receiver does a good job as a preamp with all the wireless connectivity for streaming. Got rid of Universal player, only source is a SL1200GR. Adding a pair of hypex monoblocs for stereo channels. Very cost effective upgrade.

Change the av amp every 3 yrs for newer format, hardware.
How does the unit work as a preamp when it only has sub preout? How do you send line out to monoblics for stereo when there are no RCA outs for it? Seems you can only use the power amps for subwoofer sending something between 40Hz to 200Hz to amps.
Although Im not privy to this particular component, any variable line level output will do regardless of it labeling. What may be a hidden surprise, however, is if it matches the amps input. When I traded my reciever to order a preamp I connected my streamer to my amp using balanced connections for a few days. To my surprise, the 851N output was insufficient to drive my amp to full power. Lesson learned, not all manufacturers use the same impedance regardless of how a component is classified. Its a good idea to check those specs before purchase of mix and match components.

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Re: Integrated Amplifier, Pre/Power or Receiver - POLL

Post by Wised » 08 Feb 2020 18:03

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/impedance-matching
Live and learn they are not standard among brands.

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