Why no Anthem pre's? TLP?
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I've been avoiding Integrateds just because it becomes too much to think about. But if I were interested in a hybrid integrated... any suggestions?
The ad for the Edge says it has a tuner and phono (sounds like a receiver). But the Edge website doesn't mention those features. Also, haven't found much info about the unit online.
As far as bang for your $$- I have been running with a Bryston 4B (200+wpc) amp and a Conrad Johnson pv 10 tubed pre. The sound is glorious thru my speakers. You should be able to get both for under $1500- The CJ has awonderful phono section if you play a lot of records. And the amp delivers plenty of clean power for unshakeable bass even under the toughest of loads. The amps seems to take about 1/2 hour to really get up and running at full steam. A very nice pairing at a great price.
Bryston B60R with phono - not quite the equivalent of the Bryston seperates, but still a fantastic sounding integrated. You can check out the Creek integrated amps too, though I preferred the Bryston. I would also suggest the Manley Stingray, but it doesn't have a phono input or remote control. I think the Creeks and Brystons run about $1k when I see them pop up here. Either one will live up to upgrades in any other components you have.
I was going to go with the Bryston until my budget expanded a bit unexpectedly.
Still looking at separates but have found my interest peaked at the Cayin A 50T, the Creek 5350Se, and the Vincent Sv-226 MKII. Vincent looks great at the top end of my budget when I need to add a phono still.
I've narrowed my pre's based on simple preferences down to Audio Mirror PP1; TAD 150; and CJ PFR.
Having trouble targeting my sites on the right amp.
Get an Acurus amplifier and either an Acurus R11 pre-amp or one of the cheap Prasound preamps. The cheap Parasound pre-amps sound, available for several hundred bucks, sound silly good and clean and not just for the money. I am running a modified, cheap Parasound through a classic, reference Music Reference tube amp, 125 wpc; the combo is surreal.
You could get the amp and pre-amp combination for under 750 - 800 dollars used here on Audiogon. If you don't see what you want listed on Audiogon, place a wanted ad - this is a good way to avoid chasing "hot" and desirable items once listed. The parasound and the Acurus pre-amps do not stay unsold long once listed on Audiogon.