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    Default Budget Amp/Receiver recommendations

    Looking for something inexpensive to push some '85 Monitor 10b's. MUST have Phono input.

    Will be using Technics sl-1300 with moving magnet and moving iron cartridges, Ipod and computer, and maybe cd mega player.

    I was pretty intent on getting something 70's and even bought a Kenwood 8100, but it got smashed in shipping, and now am just wanting something trouble-free and adequate, yet have a nice sound and look good.

    So now I'm looking at the newish Yamaha a-s500 or r-s500 because they seem to look alright, have a phono input, are uncomplicated, and about 200 bucks.

    Any experience with these? will they be troublefree and last a long time?

    Any advice or recommendations would be awesome. I like nice sound and nice things, but it has to be inexpensive.

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    This will be a bedroom set-up and will usually be run at lower volumes

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    Thats a hard question. As everyone has different ears and what you like to see in what you want for looks in your eye's....i have had a few receivers and i love the clean accurate sound of a Yamaha on vinyl. Ive tried alot of different ones in the last 3 years getting back into vinyl....and i listen to vinyl at lower volumes as my wifes/our office is right next to my music room...try pin pointing what you may like..then go from there...good luck on your search/feedback-----WELCOME TO CLUB POLK also-------
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    I would say go on craigs list and look for a Yamaha, Sansui, Pioneer, Marantz, NAD, or if you do not need a tuner, a lot of the Kenwood integrated amps are outstanding. Also do not rule out ( if you do not need a MC input) many of the realistic receivers or even MCS. On craigslist you can find a lot of old decent receivers and you do not have to worry about shipping and you can try them out before you buy them.

    What area are you from?

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    Salt Lake City. Just added my location to the name panel thing.

    Thanks for the replies, I know I'm a little bit just talking out loud, and there are many things to consider and questions only I can answer. I'm just looking for something solid and user friendly.

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    I'd look at a integrated amp unless you need a tuner

    Just an idea You cant go wrong with a NAD IA like this or a more economical one.

    http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...AD_610x311.jpg

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    I have looked at NAD because I've heard good things, and they have simple controls. Not too hyped on the looks/aesthetic but I think the sound would make up for it.

    I was looking at the Yamaha r-s500 receiver simply because it seems like it can be had for less money than the a-s500, but radio function is not a priority. I figure I can get a radio station on the computer and run that if I feel like it. The reviews I'm reading comment on the sound being harsh!? Does anyone still make an affordable amp that has good phono input?

    I really dig the Yamaha A-1 and M-4, but cash rules everything around me. There are a lot of 70's Yamaha that I think I would be really happy with.

    The Marantz have such a good name for Phono that it seems they command a premium price on eBay and such.

    I just like the looks and simplicity of the Kenwood silver face amps.

    All said, I may sit on it until I can spend 400 or so, seems that can really open up some awesome options for some truly amazing equipment from the 70's that really performs. And while I'm not opposed to something modern, does anything have good phono input?

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    For 400 ish you could find a adcom gfa555 amp and a adcom 565 preamp. The 565 fo its price is a good solid pre with a great phono pre.

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    I will definitely look into those! Thanks so much for the advice, I have never even heard of that brand before.

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    look at harman kardon as well. They are good avrs. the older models may come close to your budget. good luck.

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    any specific models you would recommend? everything nowadays seems to be geared to home theater, and all I'm interested in is running 2 speakers and having good phono quality.

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    I saw this on fleabay a couple days ago. 215.00 seems a little steep, but he is open to offers. Good luck and welcome aboard.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/221211106462...84.m1438.l2649

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    ooh, I like that alot!

    Is that enough power to run my Polk monitor 10b's?

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    and thanks for the welcome! folks around here seem nice, just like Polk speakers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clownbaby View Post
    ooh, I like that alot!

    Is that enough power to run my Polk monitor 10b's?
    http://www.hifiengine.com/library/yamaha/ca-44.shtml

    Well, the amp is rated at 25wpc, which may be a conservative rating. It would probably be fine as long as you're not looking to shake the foundation of your house.

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    yes, and the monitor 10 claim 20-to-I think 250 watts per channel? I might be off by a bit on the high level as I'm not looking at the number right now. I'm pretty unknowleageable about such things, so bear with me. Thank you for awesome advice. It may be what I'm looking for.

    I may be somewhat influenced by thevintageknob where power = awesome even though that may no be what I need

    If I was to turn it up loud with 20 watts, would I run a risk of damaging my speakers?
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    If it's enough power, I would make an offer on those, as I like the simple controls.

    I appreciate any suggestions anyone is willing to give. Realize I'm novice and will take your advice with much appreciation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clownbaby View Post
    If I was to turn it up loud with 20 watts, would I run a risk of damaging my speakers?
    If you run it to the point of clipping, yes. You run the risk of damaging any amp and speakers. Clipping means, distortion. A good rule of thumb is not to turn the volume knob past 11 oclock. From what you described, I think this would be fine for a bedroom rig at low listening levels.

    I have a Yammie CR840 in my bedroom. It's only rated at 60wpc and does an excellent job, however, it's powering a small pair of TL2 Blackstones. More than enough and sounds great. Yamaha gear from this era were considered sleepers, IIRC.

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    thank you so much for your advice! I really do appreciate it.

    Your receiver is beautiful to me, I love the looks of the late 70's Yamahas, and I imagine sounds wonderful. Your advice will really help me, thank you.

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    I made a modest offer on that 44 combo, thanks for the advice, I value everyones input

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    Cool! Let us know how it works out. I like vintage gear a lot. Especially Yamaha and Sansui. My first real gig was a 60wpc Sansui integrated that served me well for over 20 years.

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    I just looked on your local craigslist. You have a ton of options on amps and Receivers of all brands from denon to Kenwood to yamaha to technics. Take a look on there.

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    thank you, i do appreciate it. KSL usually gets more use around here, but I mostly look at ebay more than other stuff

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    I prefer CL myself. Used equipment sight unseen (unlistened) is a crapshoot to me. I don't know all the models & specs either. If a listing interests me, I google the model & take it from there. Shopping is 1/2 the fun. Cheers.

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    You guys are right, and I just picked up a Kenwood Ka-8150 off of CL, seems to be functioning well. Have only tried the Phono 1 and Aux inputs so far since I just picked it up this afternoon. Currently powering Kenwood KL-777D speakers, but can't wait to get my Polk Monitor 10b back working

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    Nice looking unit. Hope you enjoy it----randy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clownbaby View Post
    Nice stuff , back when Kenwood was considered higher end. They made good stuff back in the 70's and 80's . That me reminds of the old MCS series that JC Penny used to sell . Stuff was built like a truck .
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    doesn't that look sharp. Good luck with it. Let us know what you think once you've spent some quality time together.

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