No suggestions but this fellow used a Musical Fidelity A5 and seemed to like the pairing. You'll need to translate the page.
My system is only for digital playback from laptop. I just got the nad m51 to be usb dac and I liked it so much as a preamp that I've decided to keep it simple and just add a amp, so no plan to sell it. I don't think I need an integrated anymore, just need a nice amp
I've been going back and forth on amp to add. I'm stuck between rotel 1552 mark 2 or parasound a23. The focal chorus 816w speakers are rated 40-200 watts but are easy to drive, so either amp would be ok I'm just wondering which one would sound better with my setup. Any other comparable amps to consider along with the rotel and parasound?
" Any other comparable amps to consider along with the rotel and parasound?
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What type of sound do you like, and what's your budget? There's so many choices in amps, you should try to focus on some must have qualities. Also list any qualities that you don't want. The more you able to narrow your focus, the easier it will be to pick the right amp.
I think it was a smart move to just buy an amp and use the volume on your DAC.
Budget is $500-$1000 ish but there is room for increase on a great deal, I don't mind buying second hand as long as it's clean. I have a small room (14x10) just for music that doesn't have any treatment yet but that is planned down the line, maybe I should wait in amp and take care of the room first.
My ear is still developing so I'm not sure what im hearing sometimes. the nad m51 dac brought in a lot of clarity and life to the speakers, it opened up the bottom end, maybe a little too much for the room without treatment, so I don't need more bottom end. Highs are a little harsh when volume is turned up, so I don't want to add any brightness. I am currently using rotel 1075 amp but that's 5 channel and I'll probably use it for HT setup later or sell it and want 2 channel neutral sounding and good synergy to the focal chorus 816w speakers.
I have the M51 in my system and while I don't use your amp or speakers, here is a review that has the Rotel RB-1582 MKII and A23 in direct comparison.
They consider the Rotel a bit warmish, softening leading edges and not having as much resolution or imaging capabilities. The Parasound was preferred, but it likely wouldn't help with upper treble remarks you had voiced.
I've never owned either brand, so I couldn't give a proper recommendation on them. As for the M51, bags of resolution while never sound harsh and even a bit of warmth. Used it direct and with my preamp and it seems very close either way. I keep the preamp in for added input flexibility.