Amplifier suggestions for EE Minimax/Soliloquy 6.3

Hi everyone!

I have been lurking here for awhile, but this is my first post. I am looking for a good amplifier to pair with my Soliloquy 6.3 speakers and Eastern Electric Minimax, as well as a Consonance Reference CD 2.2. I have about $1000 to spend, new or used. I listen to jazz and orchestra, and am looking for something fairly musical, and with good detail and seperation.

Here are some options that have crossed my mind:

McCormack DNA-125 (used)
Musical Fidelity A3.2 CR (new/demo)
Musical Fidelity A300 cr (used)
PS Audio HCA-2 (used)

The Minimax is a tubed preamp, but is fairly detailed. The Soliloquy's are a pretty neutral, efficient speaker at 89db/8ohms, so I don't need gobs of power. My room is 16x13. I used to power these with an old C-J MF-2100, but it is having trouble, and I will probably just get it fixed and sell it-there are better options available these days, it seems.

Any thoughts on my choices? Any others to recommend at this price point? The PS Audio seems like a well-regarded piece, but I always see them for sale, which makes me wonder. I haven't heard the MF stuff, but it is well-regarded, and well built. I did hear a McCormack in my system, and it was very nice-perhaps not as detailed as a CODA piece I had borrowed from a friend, but at less than 1/2 of the price, I wasn't expecting miracles. Thanks for your suggestions!


Showing 1 response by rudd

Hello, I went through the same "amp" search dilema and the winner was a MArsh A400 amp. The Amp came highly recommended to me by soliloquy's president David Bearman. BTW... The AMP also won the TAS golden ear award. My current set up has the Soliloquy 6.5's paired up with the Marsh amp, a musical fidelity pre, Bel canto Dac,Denon 2800 MKII transport and the results are wonderful.

The amp retails for 2300.00 but you should find one pre owned on A'gon for less then 1000.00. If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email.

Good luck