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Integrated amp opinions

Discussion in 'audio' started by 2N3055, Mar 10, 2023.

  1. 2N3055

    2N3055 pfm Member

    Got an amp itch and wondering which way to scratch it.

    Interested in opinions (subjective, of course) between the following "house sounds" ie general sound tendency of the following integrateds and personal preferences:

    Karan KA 180 mk2
    Any other favourites

    I would buy used, so anything that was/is up to about £5k new.

    70wpc into 8 ohms upwards.

    Current system is Townsend TT, LFD phono, Arcam A5 CD, Topping E30, Densen B100 Mk5, Tukans plus sub.

  2. Joe

    Joe pfm Member

    Sugden A21.

    Do you need 75wpc ? presumably the sub has it's own amp ?
  3. marktr

    marktr Registered User

    Norma IPA70B.
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  4. chartz

    chartz If it’s broke fix it!

    None of them.
    Anything with 2N3055. Revox A78, Beolab 5000, Quad 303.
    Just kidding obviously :)
  5. 2N3055

    2N3055 pfm Member

    Maybe not for the Tukans, but if I change speakers in the future 70wpc upwards should drive most.
  6. 2N3055

    2N3055 pfm Member

    That's interesting. Not come across this one before.
  7. 2N3055

    2N3055 pfm Member

    I would have used my other name, Henry Coil, but 2N3055 is shorter. My brothers name is Mike O'Farad. He changed gender and is now my trans sister.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2023
  8. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

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  9. Joe

    Joe pfm Member

    I would think that more efficient speakers rather than more powerful amps would be sonically better ?...could be wrong ( often am )
  10. 2N3055

    2N3055 pfm Member

    That's a whole other discussion. Could well be right.

    At this point I'm just interested in comparison opinions on the following:

    Karan KA 180 mk2
  11. Joe

    Joe pfm Member

    Ah ! ..I was replying to the "Any other favourites " part of your list...sorry.
  12. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    yes well worth investing in or with your budget you could get the 140

    The Norma Revo IPA-140 is a definitive choice for amplification. Its high power (140W/8Ohm) and the ability to drive the most demanding speakers make it an extremely versatile amp. The elegant and sophisticated style is perfectly in tune with its sound personality. Power, dynamics, speed, and transparency are combined to create outstanding musicality and a total absence of listening fatigue. The inside workings show that the technical refinement follows the same philosophy. The Revo IPA-140 uses proprietary circuitry, regulated high-speed power, low noise and is built with a careful selection of the best materials available.

    its superbly made . has a fine control . has a very muscular sound but also very smooth . sounds like a naim with a lavardin perhaps . very highly recommended

    I used the 70b with my taus for a little while and it was beautiful

    [​IMG]P1070865 by , on Flickr
  13. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    Not in the same league as some mentioned earlier, but I have a little-used
    Arcam Alpha 2 amp.
    Can’t quite believe how good it sounds.
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  14. unclepuncle

    unclepuncle pfm Member

    There is a Plinius 9200 on eBay ending tonight - as good as any of those in your list and probably be well south of £1500.
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  15. Alex S

    Alex S carbon based lifeform

    If it was my list, Peachtree would be on it.
  16. boegelund

    boegelund pfm Member

    I agree, the later offerings I've heard were not on level, speakers need to be easy load, we are talking 25-30w or so.
  17. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    Few weeks back i heard hegel 390 with some modest amphion 3LS . it was enagaging and cavernous , sounded like a concert hall

    about a year ago i heard a hegel 120 with an argon one . it was beautiful , musical and so good with vocals . i bought the speakers !!

    hegel can sound wonderful and has many fans
  18. Alex S

    Alex S carbon based lifeform

    Whatever you get, the knobs will be worse.
  19. beammeup

    beammeup pfm Member

    Here's an idea - something less known but I heard them at a show last year and was super impressed - based on vintage amp principles and sound - 'ZinAmp'
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  20. Flybynight

    Flybynight Member

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