Should be great with what you are figuring. If you can audition an integrated tube amp it is worth your while. Whatever amplification you choose keep the Apollo. Phil Brady.
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I will definitely look into that combo. I've heard so many great things about those tube amps but then I've heard negative as well. It scares me! For example, how hot they run to their lack of bass. I think that it's a done deal that I have to buy the Rega Apollo as the CD player because everything I've read says that's the best (at the $1000 price point), as for the amp I'm hearing good things about the Rega Mira (From Totem directly) but reading a lot of good things about the PrimaLuna and Jolida. Any tips? Decsions, Decisions!!
If Totem recommends the Mira, then it might be a good choice provided their suggestion was not elicited by a leading question like, "What do you think of the Rega Mira?". :)
I agree with the PrimaLuna 2 suggestions, and I'd add the Rogue Cronus. You needn't be afraid of tube amps. These threads are filled with happy tube amp owners who were previous solid state owners.
I've heard the Arros and was very impressed. I think a tube amp driving them with an Apollo CD player would be a very nice system.
PrimaLuna make's a solid unit. Thats a viable option.
The Rega Mira 3 and the Apollo is a flat out horrid match with the Staff / Arro. The Mira 3 doesn't have the cajones to control either speaker, and the Apollo will sound flat and lifeless on both. This is not a complete knock to Rega... they sound fine on other pieces of electronics (eg; Spendor). I would also stay clear of Jolida (sans the SJ-202) for similar reasons.
The NAIM suggests are solid. The CD5i is a wicked player for the money. I'd consider teaming up that player (or an afforcable Arcam unit) with the Vista Audio i84 tube integrated.
Other affordable solid matches include; The Blue Circle CS integrated, Red Wine Audio Signature 30 integrated, Unison Research Unico P integrated and the Manley Labs Stingray integrated.
Try these combinations:
Shanling CD-T80, and
Used Musical Fidelity A3.2 integrated amplifier (A3.5 if you can find it in your budget, or add used MF CDP too)
-spatial resolution will make Totem Arros disappear, among other good things
used Naim CD5(i), and
used Naim Nait integrated amp (any model you can find)
-boogie the night away
Marantz - SA8001 Super Audio CD Player
NAD C372 integrated amplifier
-plenty of resolution and power but still your friend, best all "new" gear combo within your budget
Demar, I've had the opposite experience as you. I preferred tubes with the Arro's, and solid state with the Hawks. Interesting.
The best system I put together with Arro's was with a Jolida 302b tube amp and a Music Hall CD25 CD player. You can get both of those used for $1000 total. The imaging is spectacular.
I also second Knownothing's list of high-value integrated amps and CD players that would combine well with the Arro's.