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#92306 - 04/26/05 09:55 AM Stereo Amps for M50's
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I'm curious to hear what stereo amps people are using to drive their M50's. Thanks!!
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#92307 - 04/26/05 12:17 PM Re: Stereo Amps for M50's
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i\m not
but try Cambridge Audio Azur products

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#92308 - 04/26/05 12:55 PM Re: Stereo Amps for M50's
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I use the NAD C320 integrated amp with my M60's and it's great. I can't imagine it being ungreat with the 50's
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#92309 - 04/27/05 04:25 PM Re: Stereo Amps for M50's
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Yea, was thinking of the NAD 352, Maybe a Marantz PM7200. They have a warm sound. MAYBE the M50ti needs a brighter amp???? For Rock, Pop, Dance....

ALAN LOFFT...Any ideas??
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#92310 - 04/27/05 05:20 PM Re: Stereo Amps for M50's
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Twebbz, i doubt Alan will be helping you to find any 'bright' or {insert adjective here} amps anytime in the future.
They are tons of amps out there to choose from. I suggest starting with budget and features then move to aesthetics. Apparently sound quality starts at $30 and a handful of AA batteries these days.

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#92311 - 04/27/05 08:28 PM Re: Stereo Amps for M50's
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I guess I'm naive to think a company would want to make suggestions on necessary products that would compliment something they're trying to sell. Good research makes for a good purchase and without consumer & expert recommendations, where would THIS company's products be?
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#92312 - 04/27/05 09:29 PM Re: Stereo Amps for M50's
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TW, I believe that the point chess was making is that Alan is far too experienced in this area to suggest that a "warm", "bright", or whatever amplifier is either necessary or even possible. The object of competent amplifier design is to produce transparent amplification which doesn't audibly change the sound other than to amplify it. This is commonly available these days at quite low cost. So, don't be misled by some of the nonsense we somewhat read about having to "match" speakers and receiver/amps. Get the features that you want at a price that fits your budget.
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#92313 - 04/27/05 09:59 PM Re: Stereo Amps for M50's
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Exactly. Alan has all kinds of good advice regarding speakers and amplifiers in just about every other area you could imagine... it's just that not a lot of people believe that one amplifier is "brighter" than another.

For those who do believe, I think the conventional wisdom is "Yamaha bright, Denon slightly bright, Marantz slightly warm, HK most warm". I haven't looked into it much because I have *not* heard any difference myself.

On the other hand I do consistently hear a small difference between a small solid state amp working hard and a big powerful amp loafing along... with the big powerful amp sounding better every time. Interestingly enough, in THAT comparison the little amp always seems to sound a bit "brighter" (thinner actually) than the big amp so that might be where some of the alleged brand differences come from.

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#92314 - 04/27/05 10:04 PM Re: Stereo Amps for M50's
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I'm just guessing, but I think most of the M50 owners on here are using them with AV receivers instead of stereo amps. Might be worth broadening the question to "what are you driving your 50s with and why ?". Probably some good answers there...

I already spouted my personal views in the last post -- don't worry about "bright" or "dull" amps, just get a "good" amp with some decent power and enjoy. My HK is supposed to be about as "un-bright" as they come but I have never heard such crisp, clear mids and highs in my life....

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#92315 - 04/27/05 10:12 PM Re: Stereo Amps for M50's
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Registered: 01/24/05
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We need a couple of our "Tube" experts to chime in here-or, rather, I'd like a couple of our tube experts opinions about something I remember from the 60s(and undoubtedly earlier)It probably dosen't mean anything today, at least not in the context of the main thrust of this thread, but maybe in a historical context to help explain how myths get perpetuated even when they may no longer apply. Now, if memory serves...

(insert hearty laughter...Here!...)

...didn't we have to "Match" speakers and output stages of amps back in the "Golden days"(ok, that's over the top)OK, maybe even "Matching" is too strong a word, but it seemed that the phrase was bandied about quite a bit by the "Real" audiophiles of the day.

I seem to even remember that there was a list of parameters published for speakers and amps to meet before they would be a good match for each other. (In Hi-Fi Stereo Review if I recall correctly) I read it while I was in the Navy on an Aircraft Carrier-or was it a Battleship, no; no, it was an Aircraft Carrier, that's right, more than one plane aboard.

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