Integrated amp recommendations with A/B speaker

I'm looking for recommendations for an integrated amp in the $1-1.5K range, new or used that has A/B speaker outputs.

I am considering consolidating two systems into one with the idea of driving two sets of speakers in different rooms with one source and integrated amp.

The source will be a Linn Unidisk-SC, speakers are Linn Katans and Ninkas.

The usual suspects (Linn Majik, Rega Brio, Naim Nait) all have one set of speaker outputs so I'm looking for other ideas.



Showing 4 responses by ctsooner

Heard the new Rotel integrated at Audio Connection in NJ yesterday. Was really caught off guard. I was in shock as to how good it sounded for an affordable integrated. It even has balance inputs and the A/B that you are looking for. I think it's in your range and if so, it's a must listen to. I know Johnny from AC is on this board and you can tell him you are a member and he'll make sure it goes with your system. Good luck.
I am selling my NAD 326BEE that did a great job in my second system. I can see the larger one working well, however when I heard the NEW Rotel vs the NAD as well as that Linn that was talked about above, I felt the Rotel was much more dynamic and open. It wasn't harsh on top like some of the older Rotel's I had heard at some stores. I fell in love with the new line they have for the money I don't' see it being beaten by much, even the used gear. Guys/gals, if you haven't heard it go check it out at your local dealer. I think you'll be very impressed. Neutral enough to use with even the Vandy 2ce's. Plenty of power to drive them to realistic levels. I have no dog in this fight and think that there are a few here I'd personally stay away from and about three that sound like strong choices. JMHO
If you have ever put a switch into any system and listened and then taken it out, there is a world of difference even in lower resolution systems. Even the Bryston changes the sound for the worst. They just don't work well even in the high end stores. Just my take.

I"ll ask JOhn at Audio Connections which one it was. My cousin just bought one from him. It lists for 1599 so it will be in your range. It's a powerhouse at 120W and high current. It will drive most speakers out there. As close to high end as anything under 2K is goign to be. I was in shock as it's the first Rotel unit I've liked in years. (funny as I'm now selling my Rotel table with Vdh MM1 cart). They have a smaller unit with a much smaller price. John sells the NAD as well as Rotel. The Rotel has much more dynamics and isn't harsh on top like it was just a couple of years ago. This is a special product from them for the price. Most of the integrateds we all see in this range aren't a real 120W with high current. It's a beautifully made piece to. You should call John to see if he can help you. Not sure if Rotel has protected territories. He sells Creek and Rogue etc... and this Rotel is kind of fun. We were using the Rotel separates with the Vandy 2's as I said and for not too much, it was very much high end and made your feet move. We also ran the new desktop Maggies with two subs with it and it drove the heck out of them, which isn't easy to do. That surprised me.
At 5,500 list it should be. If they are selling used for 1500, there is a reason and I'd personally stay far away, lol. That's like me saying my Ayre integrated is the way to go. I love it, but it's leagues out of his price range based on his original post.