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    Question Balanced Amp Suggestions?

    You folks are contagious ;), and I have gotten the upgrade bug and decided to make a dedicated 2ch system.

    My recent acquisition of a DAC w/ balanced outputs is what started me on this path. So for now, I'm looking for a amp that accepts balanced inputs. In keeping with my mid-fi price range of $500 - $1K, I have been looking at B&K. The Reference 125.2 S2 would seem to fit the bill.

    Is there something else I should be looking at?

    Thanx in advance for your suggestions,
    Scott

    Note: I haven't decided on speakers yet. I figured I would go listen to something pretty efficent that can easily fill a small (10x14) listening room with sound.
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    Contact me in a couple days. I have an Adcom 5800 MOSFET amp with balanced inputs 250wpc 8ohms, and 450wpc 4ohms that I might be selling on the lower end of your budget.

    http://www.adcom.com/data/manuals/gfa5800manual.pdf
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    Thanx Ben,

    I was looking for abit more power than 125w/ch anyways but the budget was constarining it.

    I'll shoot you a PM in a couple days.

    Scott
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    Ummmm....read again it's 250 wpc @ 8 ohms and 400 wpc @ 4 ohms. Not sure where you are getting the 125 wpc.

    Great amp, and if he let's it go at the lower end of your budget it's a steal.

    H9

    P.s. The manual is a bit confusing, when it states both channels driven, it doesn't mean cut the printed rating in half. It's basically stating under what conditions the 250 wpc were measured. Some amps in order to beef up the specs printed on paper will either limit the bandwidth or only have one channel driven at a time, thus putting less stress on the internal components and achieving a higher theoretical output, which they can print on a piece of paper.

    The amp is 250 wpc @ 8 ohms 400 wpc @ 4 ohms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heiney9 View Post
    Ummmm....read again it's 250 wpc @ 8 ohms and 400 wpc @ 4 ohms. Not sure where you are getting the 125 wpc.
    I believe he was refering to the B&K 125.2 S2 that he was originally considering.

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    Check out a used BAT VK-200. It's a true balanced design, zero feedback and should be close to the upper end of your budget. Don't let the 100 wpc rating fool you, it packs a punch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamM2 View Post
    I believe he was refering to the B&K 125.2 S2 that he was originally considering.
    Ah, thought he was referring to Ben's Adcom.

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    You already have a preamp or that DAC includes volume control?

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    Don't be confused by the babbling brook racing over the sand pebbles.

    There is only The One near your budget and it will stretch it. Step up and step out with Balanced Audio Technologies.

    The B&K are sweet little things for a fast dance but when it comes to belly button rubbing time Balanced Audio has a refined class you can't resist.

    Oh yea, balanced design trumps unbalanced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whoknows View Post
    You already have a preamp or that DAC includes volume control?
    Buying a Prometheus TVC. Placed the order yesterday.


    .... and yes I was referring to the B&K (at 125w /ch) but wasn't that clear about it. It's all good.

    .... Thanx for posting the spec sheet on that amp.

    Scott
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    I guess I need to patrol the Flea Market more often. :)

    Russ's price on the Audes Soul speakers made it an easy decision to choose new speakers for the 2 ch system. So I do have speakers now (or will as soon as I pick them up).

    So, the amp will be driving the Audes.

    [2ch system]
    Marantz SA8260
    Audiosmile Behringer SRC2496
    Prometheus TVC
    Audes Soul
    Prometheus Silver XLR's
    Balanced Amp - ????


    Scott
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