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  Matching an amp to the Vandersteen 3a signatures
Hello all! I just purchased a used pair of Vandersteen 3A signatures and need to find some amplification to drive them. The problem I'm having is my budget. I've seen a number of people recommending amps for these speakers such as Audio Research and and Ayre amps, but these tend to fall outside of my budget range. I'm looking for something in the $3000 or under range new, or under 2300 dollars used. This would need to cover both power amplification and linestage pre-amplification. I will be sitting about 8 feet from the speakers, and like to listen to a lot of rock and modern pop. I tend to like a detailed but relaxed, laid back sound with plenty of bass. I'd like to have some tubes in my system if possible, but realize that this might not be practical at my price point. I've been thinking about maybe a Cayin A100T or maybe a Rogue Tempest, but don't think that would provide enough power. What do people who can't afford ARC gear use with their 3A Vandies? Any advice is appreciated.
Robshrode  (Threads | Answers | This Thread)

08-16-10
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08-16-10: Stringreen
Vandersteen are really great speakers. The better you feed them, the better they sound.
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08-16-10   My brother has the vandy 3a-sigs, ls25 preamp, and a 100.2 a ...   Darkmoebius

08-16-10   I listened to the 3as in a shop that was using the parasoun ...   Magsterone

08-16-10: Stereo5
Parasound, Odyssey Audio are two products that come to mind and can be frequently found here on Audiogon. I had Vandersteen 2ce speakers for many years powered with a 175wpc Classe amp. As good as it sounded, when I replaced the Classe with an Odyssey Stratos Extreme amp, it really livened up the sound. For Rock I would go with a really good solid state amp from 100-200wpc and if you like Jazz and Classical, go with a tube amp. A tube amp on the Vandersteen 3a's will not do rock anywhere near it's potential.

A Parasound Halo 21 amp goes for around 1300-1500 on Audiogon and an Odyssey amp goes for anywhere from 500-2500 on Audiogon and both come up frequently.

Bob

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08-16-10   I want to second what darkmoebius said. i was familiar with ...   Roxy54

08-16-10: Pubul57
Quicksilver V4s match well, in fact I think Richard used them at home, but I would get his feedback on it, I think it is one of his favourite tube amp brands and the V4s should be in that range used. Obviosuly on the SS side he seems to favor Ayre, at least based on his latest shows. If you google Richard Hardesty and Vandersteen you should find some good commentary on the 3As and he also has a review of the Ayre gear.
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08-16-10   Another good choice would be mccormack dnas. if you can fin ...   Swampwalker

08-16-10   I had forgotten the mccormack, it does seem there have been ...   Pubul57

08-17-10   I'll "third" swampwalker's and pubul57's mccormack ...   Djohnson54

08-17-10   Arc d 200, d d300, 100.2, or quick v 4s, all have a friendly ...   Audioconnection

08-17-10   I would try a music reference rm10 mk i or ii as the amp ... ...   Jrinkerptdnet

08-17-10   I love the rm10, but i just can't see driving the 3as, i thi ...   Pubul57

08-17-10   While i agree that the mccormack amps work beautifuly with t ...   Unsound

08-17-10: Robshrode
Thanks for the responses. I'm going to do some reading up on the McCormack DNA-125 and the Audio Research 100.2. Does anyone have an idea about how the Vincent Audio 236 MKII or SP-331 might work with the Vandersteens? I imagine that the Music reference, Quicksilver, and Ayre amps probably sound great, but I just don't think the ones rated at or above 100 W are in my price range. I'll also look into the BAT pre's. Does anyone have any additional opinions on what pre's to run, or do I need to decide on a power amp first? Thanks again for the input. It's very helpful.

Rob

Robshrode  (Threads | Answers | This Thread)


08-17-10   I'm using an arc sp16 w phono and it sounds great. not to pr ...   Tonyjack

08-17-10   I really think you need a high current, or at least a high(e ...   Darkmoebius

08-19-10   My 3a sigs sounded great with a pair of krell 250 mono block ...   Bhaaf

08-19-10   I'm running my 3a sigs with manley snapper monoblocks - quit ...   Krisjan

08-19-10   I've been very pleased with a belles 150a ref amp with my 3a ...   Stevenday

08-20-10   I appreciate all of the input guys. i've been looking a bit ...   Robshrode

08-20-10   Robshrode, that amp mentioned by stevenday (belles 150 ref o ...   Pubul57

08-20-10   Pubul57 the 2300 used or 3000 new needs to incorporate both ...   Robshrode

08-20-10   I think you could get and audible illusions pre and a belles ...   Pubul57

08-20-10   the solid state audio research 100.2 has a single-ended inp ...   Darkmoebius

08-22-10   The solid state audio research 100.2 amen johnnyr   Audioconnection

08-22-10   John, do you prefer that arc/3a combo over the v4/3a combo - ...   Pubul57

08-24-10: Audioconnection
(((Hello all! I just purchased a used pair of Vandersteen 3A signatures and need to find some amplification to drive them. The problem I'm having is my budget. I've seen a number of people recommending amps for these speakers such as Audio Research and and Ayre amps, but these tend to fall outside of my budget range. I'm looking for something in the $3000 or under range new, or under 2300 dollars used.)))
The 100.2 was my best recommendation for his range.

Audioconnection  (Answers | This Thread)


08-25-10   I have 3a sigs and i use threshold 4000 or stasis 2... 200wp ...   Taam

08-25-10   I've heard the 3a's in a high end shop being played through ...   Mrmitch

09-02-10   I use a krell 300il with my 3a's. tons of power(200wpc) and ...   Art33

05-28-11: Programmergeek
I second whatever John says especially when it comes to Vandersteens. He also has one of the best ears I know of. I have bought many things off of him without hearing them and he has hit the nail on the head every time balancing budget, performance and most important matching what I already had in my system.
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