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    Default Amplifier for SDA-2BTLs

    Now that I have the caps replaced on my 2Bs I'm very happy with them. I currently drive them with an 80 watt AVR and they sound good but I want to go with a separate amp and preamp to drive them. I want to start by getting the amp first.

    For the amp I'm thinking an Adcom is what I want in my price range. A Parasound would be my next choice. Would the Adcom 545 provide enough power for the 2Bs? I know the 555 would be even better but I'm on a limited budget so I don't want to buy more power than is needed to drive the 2Bs. Comments and suggestions would be appreciated.
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    Yaqin MC-30L. You won't regret it.

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    The tube recommendation is a good one. But if you want to stick with SS, then I would go with the Parasound. I ran a 555 with my 2Bs and it was pretty nice, but a little bright. The Parasound has great synergy with 2Bs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaeljhsda2 View Post
    Thanks for the link. I've never heard a tube amp but I've read that they are really nice. Quite a bit out of my price range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deronb1 View Post
    The tube recommendation is a good one. But if you want to stick with SS, then I would go with the Parasound. I ran a 555 with my 2Bs and it was pretty nice, but a little bright. The Parasound has great synergy with 2Bs.
    I see you have the 1500a do you think that would be a minimum amount of power needed to properly feed a pair of 2Bs? The 1000a is a little easier to find used.
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    How about a baby Marantz? It will give you the tube sound without the tubes, and be a lot cheaper in the end. Its not a separates route, but again, its cheaper and a very safe investment as far as resale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSkip View Post
    How about a baby Marantz? It will give you the tube sound without the tubes, and be a lot cheaper in the end. Its not a separates route, but again, its cheaper and a very safe investment as far as resale.
    Which of the Marantz were the baby Marantz? I know the vintage Marantz receivers were great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TennMan View Post
    I see you have the 1500a do you think that would be a minimum amount of power needed to properly feed a pair of 2Bs? The 1000a is a little easier to find used.
    I wouldn't say minimum. I thought there were some Parasound amps for sale on the for sale thread here.
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    Get a 40 watt tube amp-- that all you will need-- I run my 1C's with a Quicksilver GLA
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    2215, 2216, 2220. I haven't heard anything outside of the 22xx series, but will hopefully have one coming my way soon. The last two digits represent the rated WPC, where something like the 2325 is 125 WPC (2200 +125). I use the 2216 and that 16 WPC designation is misleading in terms of power.

    I seriously considered using the Marantz over my Jolida, and the Marantz can be had for a fraction of the cost (and troubles). They should easily be obtainable in great shape for 2 bones shipped. This is by far the closest to tubes I've heard a solid state sound. It adds a lot of warmth, has punch, digs low, and maintains the details you want. It sounds great with my Ushers and sounded good with the Monitor 10's when I had them, so I'd assume they would sound good with SDA's as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TennMan View Post
    I want to start by getting the amp first.

    For the amp I'm thinking an Adcom is what I want in my price range. A Parasound would be my next choice.
    There a pile of suitable amplifiers, many of which should be available on the used market at any given time.
    Adcom and Parasound you already know about. Other brand names that come to mind quickly:
    Acurus
    Carver
    B&K
    Soundcraftsmen
    Bryston
    Hafler
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    Rockford
    and others.

    Like all other used equipment--including your speakers--stuffing fresh caps and a general cleaning/tune-up is recommended for any older amp pretty much regardless of brand. Some of these--dbx, Rockford, Hafler and Soundcraftsmen, for example--haven't been made for decades and would certainly be due for some service work. On the other hand, a soldering iron and some sweat equity could dramatically reduce the monetary crunch--and provide superb sound quality.

    Based on my experiences, I'd look to Acurus first, and any of the others secondarily. (but then, I've had a long-time affinity for Mondial products, even after the sale to Klipsch and then to Indy Audio Labs.)

    Note that nothing on my list except for later, and largely un-loved Carver products, are known for sourcing from the Hateful Communists--another fine bonus.

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    I appreciate all your recommendations. Tubes sound interesting but after reading about them I don't think I'm ready to step up to them for two reasons, mainly related to money. They are a more expensive up front but they are also have the added expense of swapping out tubes as most seem to do once they have the amp for a while.

    I like the idea of the vintage receivers and I will keep my eye out for one of them. What I think would be best for me is a separate power amp and a preamp with a remote to control the volume. I'm still considering all the options and all comments and opinions are welcomed.
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    Look at one of the Musical Fidelity integrated amps such as the A308, if you can find one. One of our members has one with the 2BTL's, which I've heard on numerous occasions. Sounds excellent, far better than the usual suspects.
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    Thanks F1. I'll see if I can locate info about the A308.
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    MF A308 and 2BTL's work well together.

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    Thanks everyone for your input on an amp for my 2B-TLs. After lots of searching and listening I finally settled on an Adcom GFA-555 that I found for a decent price. I was able to demo the 555 at my house connected to my speakers before I bought it. I was very happy with the way it sounds with my 2Bs.

    Now that I have the amp I'm looking for a preamp. I only need it for 2 channel listening but I do want something that has a remote control. I don't want to use an AVR for a preamp so I avoid all the extra stuff I don't want or need.

    I'm thinking an Adcom GTP-450 or GTP-550 would be logical choices to use with the 555 but I'm not stuck on an Adcom preamp. What preamp would you guys recommend that would compliment the Adcom 555 and my 2B-TLs that would be in similar price range as the Adcom preamps?
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    TennMan- I've got a adcom 450 pre that I'd be willing to let you try if interested in a little road trip to Johnson City. If you like it we can discuss price and you can buy it or just use it till you find something you like better.

    As far as other options, for entry level but still very nice- I'd look for a decent NAD pre. Can be found on the bay for $150-250 depending on model and condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNHNDYMAN View Post
    TennMan- I've got a adcom 450 pre that I'd be willing to let you try if interested in a little road trip to Johnson City. If you like it we can discuss price and you can buy it or just use it till you find something you like better.

    As far as other options, for entry level but still very nice- I'd look for a decent NAD pre. Can be found on the bay for $150-250 depending on model and condition.
    Thanks for the offer and advice. PM coming your way in a few minutes.
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    The GTP-450 would be a great match so would the GFP-555. I currently have both and was quite impressed. Personally I like the GFP-555 better. I also have a GFP-710 thats was being serviced, got the call today that it was done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bored184 View Post
    The GTP-450 would be a great match so would the GFP-555. I currently have both and was quite impressed. Personally I like the GFP-555 better. I also have a GFP-710 thats was being serviced, got the call today that it was done.
    I've not ran across any info about the GFP-555 but I will see what I can find. What do you like better about that model? The 710 is more of a higher end model $$$ isn't it?
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    PM recvd. GTP-450 w/ remote $120 you pick up or $150 if I bring to you near Knoxville.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNHNDYMAN View Post
    PM recvd. GTP-450 w/ remote $120 you pick up or $150 if I bring to you near Knoxville.
    Trying to send another PM. Your inbox is full.
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    Inbox cleared, thanks.

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    PM sent. Meant to say Johnson City instead of Kingsport in pm
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    I wish I had known you needed one of those amps, I have one I want to sell at the moment. The GFP 555 is a great amp for the money, your 2B's will love it. I kept mine in the rig for about five years as I upgraded everything else, just a workhorse of an amp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chandler9a View Post
    I wish I had known you needed one of those amps, I have one I want to sell at the moment. The GFP 555 is a great amp for the money, your 2B's will love it. I kept mine in the rig for about five years as I upgraded everything else, just a workhorse of an amp.

    Have fun!
    I assume you mean GFA-555 when you are saying amp? I wish you had said you had one for sale we could have talked. I was looking in the FS forum for quite a while but didn't see yours that I can remember.

    I think the 555 is a good choice for my limited budget. I took the cover off it today to get more familiar with it. It looks brand new inside. I was looking for signs that caps were bulging or leaking or anything overheated. Everything looks great. I'm hoping it will perform well for a long time. I didn't get a manual with it. Are there any adjustments that need to be done from time to time to keep it in top condition?
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    TMan- haven't forgot about you, just a lot of errands on my to do list today. I did get it out of the closet and tested. All functions are working great. I'll try to call tonight before it gets too late.

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    No problem. I should be here.
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    I have a Carver M-1.0t I could lend you, if I can find it.

    http://www.carveraudio.com/index.php/amplifiers/m-10t
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