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    Default Integrated amps....

    I'm going integrated.....solid state (or at least amplification side).

    I'm sniffing around a couple: MF A 1008, Luxman L-505, MF M6i......also showing some interest in McIntosh.

    I'm looking in the ~2K price range...

    Thoughts, recommendations??

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    I'm with you on having MF on your short list. Good stuff - I'm very happy with my A5 Int.

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    Erik,

    How do you like the A5? There is one on ebay pretty reasonable. I've heard good and bad....can you elaborate?

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    I still lust over the old Tri-vista integrateds. Maybe a Bat 300 ? Cary ? Vac makes a nice one too but a tad over your price range.

    The Nu-vista's are suppose to be stellar.

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    I've used the lower power class-A version of this integrated, and it sounded great!

    http://shop.grantfidelity.com/Jungso...Amplifier.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyD View Post
    Erik,

    How do you like the A5? There is one on ebay pretty reasonable. I've heard good and bad....can you elaborate?

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    I really like mine-got it used on audiogon. Heavy bugger!

    Gobs of power, firm grip of woofers for controlled bass, neutral sounding up thru the mids to highs, smooth, no glare. It was a huge step up in sound from my AVR w/ ext amp.

    The HT Direct feature is great as I've got a hybrid setup for HT and Music.

    Plenty of inputs for CD, SACD, HT, Tuner, Phone(MM) - the phono input is quite good actually!

    Quirks - my cable remote sometimes causes the A5 sensor to switch input selections, so that was annoying until I covered the IR sensor on the A5.

    That does require manual switching of inputs and volume, but its not a big deal for me.

    I did have one channel go out on me - can't explain it, but it 'came back' and has been working fine for over a year now.

    Service could be an issue as there is only one guy I know of that is servicing MF in the US and I've heard he has a backlog of work.

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    http://www.krellonline.com/s300i.html

    I would love to have this one.

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    Modwright KWI-200


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    Can't go wrong with Musical Fidelity :)
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    This ------> Luxman L-505

    Can't top it under 5K range.
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    The Lux does look VERY sweet.....

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    I picked up a simaudio 340i back in April after hearing one at AXPONA last year. It was a little over your budget but well worth it to me. Best sound I've had to date. The previous model probably falls within your price range.

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    Classe CAP-151? One on A-gon for $1150. A bit under budget, but as I recall, you like the Classe sound...

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    Here's an L-550a. A little higher than the budget but maybe there's wiggle room.

    http://www.paragonsns.com/product/lu...m_medium=email

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    Gotta love meters.....if more gear had them they'd sell more gear.

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    I'd be all over the Luxman, personally.

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    Luxman. Classic, timeless stuff.
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    There is a Mac MA6850 on the gon....interesting. Very interesting....

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    I know just throwing brands out there just tends to muddy the waters, but I'll toss one more out there.
    The Unison Research Unico line of integrateds should be considered at your pricepoint if you want to contemplate keeping a tube-like sound in the mix without compromising too much horse power...
    http://en.unisonresearch.com/686-2/

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    Quote Originally Posted by zombie boy 2000 View Post
    I know just throwing brands out there just tends to muddy the waters, but I'll toss one more out there.
    The Unison Research Unico line of integrateds should be considered at your pricepoint if you want to contemplate keeping a tube-like sound in the mix without compromising too much horse power...
    http://en.unisonresearch.com/686-2/
    This crossed my mind, but I thought they were hybrid units.
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    They are.... but he specified he would be fine with that (as long as they were SS on the amplification side).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyD View Post
    There is a Mac MA6850 on the gon....interesting. Very interesting....

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    Oh no no...Frankly, Honestly, Sincerely!

    I am sure you know - Not all amps with the meters sounds the same.

    I still would stick to Luxman or Accuphase Integrated not because I am a fan because they sound so good and smooth.

    But check this out also.

    http://app.audiogon.com/listings/sol...69-watchung-nj
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    Hey Troy,
    What are you going to drive with it? I have a few suggestions depending on the speakers.
    A really good option would be to call my former employer at the Audiolab, take to Dave. We had some killer Teac Stuff, Primare, Cambridge Audio, Anthem, NAD. We also have a few smoking badass Peach Tree with integrated DAC's built in if you want to get into Computer music or just have a great DAC to plug your current CD transport into.
    Tell him I sent you there Dan H and that you know me from the Polk forum. Also tell him to give you a smoking deal as I said to. The Teac we have is super badass dude, I think no matter what you want to run with it, it will drive them extremely well. We have a set of 3.7 Maggies on it now. I'm sure he will let the floor model go, it's brand new condition as it's been there a few months and hasn't moved.

    Check out our website dude

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    This is whats on the floor if it's still there, dude powerful and sounds effortless.
    http://audio.teac.com/product/ai-3000/
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    C'mon ya'll, everyone knows that Musical Fidelity is the undisputed king of high end integrated amps.
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    Wanna send me one Jesse. I haven't heard a Musical Fidelity (integrated) amp before. I have read great things about the however.
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    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion."

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    I second investigating SimAudio, IMHO you get more resolution than Musical Fidelity but will sacrifice wpc at the same price point.
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