What aspects of sound reproduction are most important to you, and what would you like to improve upon over your NAD?
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- 21 posts total
Check out Raven audio. Call Dave Thomson in Texas. He is one of the owners of some of the best affordable integrated tube amps. Dave is extremely knowledgable. Raven offers a money back guarantee so if you do not like it you can return it. The only issue is you might have to come up a little bit on your budget, but you will never have to buy another amp.
I live in Az and did visit the Audio Doc in NJ. No pressure and you can listen to a hell of a lot of equipment. So that is a good option for you also.
About the NAD, there’s really nothing specific that I was looking to change, but I’ve been thinking about replacing it for a while now. For starters, I bought it in Singapore, and it runs on 220V only so I’ve been using a transformer/voltage regulator which is a bit annoying and can’t help but question any impact to sound quality. Also, when I got it I wanted surround, but have recently been exposed to vinyl, and find it to be an absolute game changer, so my focus is now on stereo audio. Also, I’ve never forgotten a conversation with a sales guy in a high end shop (think they sold Krells), and when I asked which is the best AV integrated for stereo audio, and the answer was “there is none”. Plus it’s quite large and heavy. Want something better looking too.
From what I’ve been reading, I’m quite intrigued by the Belles Aria. Most of what I’ve read has only been on forums and only one formal review. Just curious as to why? But from what I read, seems lots of people are very impressed and see no reason to change. Plus, I like that it’s made in upstate NY (I’m looking at the Spynx v3 for similar reasons).
I listened to the highly reviewed new Parasound integrated but not for me. I guess just not fond of Class D amplifiers. The reviewers all say that the amp they are reviewing is different and doesn't sound like a class D amp. I hear Class D. For a couple bucks more you could pick up their 200 preamp and 275 poser amp that is class AB. Just me, you may like them.