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NFT: Audio amplifiers receivers

bc4life : 4/30/2021 6:08 pm
I have a sound system that was built for Home Theater. I am looking to transition to a strictly audio system and am looking for suggestions re: amplifiers, receivers.

Listen to everything but mostly jazz.
Red Dog : 4/30/2021 6:50 pm : link
Audio is something I don't know much about  
D HOS : 4/30/2021 7:09 pm : link
But what I always "hear" is to get older tube amps for best sound. I have (from when it was new) an old Yamaha, one of the ones with "natural sound" and 7.1 channels and it sounds fantastic.
Yamaha and Denon  
Grey Pilgrim : 4/30/2021 7:13 pm : link
are the best if you're on a budget.

McIntosh if your not.

Get a vintage Marrantz  
Britt in VA : 4/30/2021 8:05 pm : link
Get an early to mid-60s Fisher  
rebel yell : 4/30/2021 8:19 pm : link
tube amp or receiver. I have two and they're the most incredible sound I've heard...and I've listened to a lot of stereo amps and receivers. My units are both receivers: Fisher 400 and 800c Executive. Fantastic!
What’s your budget?  
trueblueinpw : 4/30/2021 8:46 pm : link
I like NAD for solid mild market budget. It’s not what it once was but I still buy it. Obviously you should listen to a bunch of pieces before you buy anything.
Need a budget  
family progtitioner : 4/30/2021 9:14 pm : link
And what speakers are being driven
myquealer : 4/30/2021 9:44 pm : link
Great sound at a great price
If you can afford it .....  
short lease : 5/1/2021 3:08 am : link

Go with tube amplification if you listen to a lot of Jazz. Tubes seem to present a "warmer" sound that always sounds better when listening to acoustic music (most of the jazz that I listen to is played on acoustic instruments).

I am not sure it matters what brand you buy .... although Conrad-Johnson makes some good tube amps.

Audio Research, McIntosh, ... there are a ton of companies that make tube amps.

I am not sure what your budget is? The problem with tubes is they can really get crazy with prices.

Stereophile magazine might be a good resource for investigating?

Good luck !
The other thing to consider is  
short lease : 5/1/2021 3:24 am : link

What kind of setup do you want? You can get an integrated amp that contains everything in 1 component. Power supply, pre-amp, and sometimes even a radio receiver all in 1 box.

Or, you can buy a separate power amp, a separate pre-amp, and then all separate components - CD players, radio tuners etc ...

Sorry if I seem preachy ... I love hi-end stereo equipment and love talking about it.

Find a stereo store. Stores that deal only in stereo equipment usually are very professional and would love to help you out with their expertise. That has been my experience. I am not talking about a Best Buy or a Walmarts .... I am talking about the places that you can go into and drop $250,000.00 on stereo equipment. Even you you have no intentions of spending anywhere near that amount the staffs in those type of places are more than happy to help you. That is all they do - stereo equipment. They are always looking to cultivate long term relationships with customers. You would be surprised how well they will treat you even if you are only there with a $500.00 budget.

Tell them what you have and if you want to start over or want to keep all or some of your equipment and add to it. I would bet they would be very excited to help you.

Again ... good luck!.
thanks great info  
bc4life : 5/1/2021 10:52 am : link
95% sure going the integrated amp route.
Also important to consider what media you are going predominantly use.  
Britt in VA : 5/1/2021 10:58 am : link
For me, I'm mainly a vinyl enthusiast. What's the main media? Digital or physical?
RE: thanks great info  
short lease : 5/1/2021 12:31 pm : link
In comment 15248179 bc4life said:
95% sure going the integrated amp route.

You just eliminated probably around 75 - 80% of any potential headaches. : )

I still recommend starting at a high end stereo store. Window shopping in those stores are a lot of fun (for me anyway).

They will have integrated components.
If 10% can tell tube from digital  
TJ : 5/1/2021 12:51 pm : link
I'll eat my hat. If 2% can afford the cabling, components, and speakers needed to communicate that difference to the ear I'll eat my boots too.
Denon or Yamaha if you're in the majority. McIntosh if you can hear and afford the difference.
Denon or Harman Karden.  
Section331 : 5/1/2021 1:33 pm : link
Not a fan of Yamaha at all.
bc4life : 5/1/2021 1:35 pm : link
You sound hungry.. JK I hear ya

All input much appreciated
bc4life : 5/1/2021 1:36 pm : link
Is there a level between Denon and McIntosh?  
bc4life : 5/1/2021 1:39 pm : link
I'm thinking that might be NAD?

On a side note, Audioholics gave props to NAD for their clear and honest spec presentations.
RE: Is there a level between Denon and McIntosh?  
short lease : 5/1/2021 4:11 pm : link
In comment 15248694 bc4life said:
I'm thinking that might be NAD?

On a side note, Audioholics gave props to NAD for their clear and honest spec presentations.

About 30 years ago I used to have an Onkyo which I loved. I believed they are still around and get some good reviews. I do not know about their prices though it has been a long time.

Technics (I believed they are made by Panasonic?) is a good lower end brand.

Someone mentioned Marantz above - They have been around for a long time and they always seemed to have a good reputation for quality.

Good luck ... let us know.
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