I would go with the Sonic Frontiers Power 3. It's tubes will bring out the velvety sound of the Dalis and it will go to 4 ohms no problem. 220 watts a channel with 6550 tubes and 250 a channel with KT88 tubes. Plus partsconnexion.com offers some great mods. You can find them around 3 grand used here on the gon. Great value, and dumb-founding sound
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I am sure some here, like myself, didn't respond because we didn't have anything useful to offer. My amps, Atma-Sphere M-60's perform better with higher impedance speakers. I am not at all familiar with your speaker, but it would not be a good match with the M-60's on paper anyway. Also, you limited your responses by not stating your budget in your initial request. In all likelyhood the best advice you are going to get will come from the Dali manufacturer or a Dali user that has found an amp match that is special with your speaker.
I tried Pass Labs X-600 on my demanding speakers, but liked the ICE powered Acoustic Reality eAR stereo much more. Now, I have beefy ICE powered H2O monos. These can handle any load, are slighly warm, yet crystal clear. They develope a tightly controled bass, that is articulate, yet never boomy. The affordable H2O monos will make your wife happy, as well as you.
Electronic Visionary Systems is coming out with a digital amp in the very near future. They are being beta tested right now. They aren't monoblocks per se, but I suspect they can be used as such, provided you purchase two of course.
I have used Carver Silver 9t monoblocks on my Infinity Kappa 9 speakers. These speakers dip to amp-killing low impendances and the Carvers handle them just fine with good authority. You can find a pair of the Carver monoblocks for around $1100 to $1500 used. 550 wpc @ 8 ohms, 900 wpc @ 4 ohms and about 1200 wpc @ 2 ohms. Try a pair, you can easily sell them for what you pay for them.
You mentioned that so few people who viewed the post responded....as one earlier poster noted, you did not mention a budget
There is an amp that should be seriously considered with the MS-5's. As they say, synergy between amps and speakers is everything. Check out the Gamut D-200 mkII, not the mkIII. In particular, this will be a good match in the bass region. Then, together, you will have wonderful soundstaging, imaging, and depth. There is plenty of power for your room size. One can be purchased on the 'Gon for $2200, leaving you with more $$ for a pre and source. See a review at: www.acousticimage.com/GoldenEarReview.html
Have fun with your search!
Pretty tough question to answer Armandito !
Maybe listening to their stereos, or on to other thread postings.
I own and like monoblock amps too.
For *your speakers*, try looking up Dali MS5's through other discussion threads.
You can try to contact Dali over the phone or e-mail them for suggestions if you run out of help here.
Armandito, I have modified B&K M-200's, so they wouldn't fit your situation like mine.
Although it's time consuming and frustrating at times, try to contact a reputable dealer to find out what other MS5 owners are pairing up with, ya might get lucky, so hang in there.
Scour some of the A.A. threads.
B.T.W., my 91 RX7 is becoming an RX8 by me swapping in a V-8 engine.
Your Nissan twin turbo is a helluva sweet ride though !
"Does anyone have any first hand experience with the Parasound Halo JC 1 ?"
Sure, I have owned a pair for 2 years. Initially they were my reference until I modded some older Adcom GFA-585's. They gathered dust for about a year until I finally modded them. Now they are my reference again. In stock form, the JC-1's are a bit hazy and undynamic in the upper frequencies. A bit of HF sibilance, but this can be fixed. The only amps that will have better bass control than the JC-1's on your Dali's is a Carver Pro ZR1600, but one you have to get modded to be decent.
If you haven't already chosen amps, consider using a pair of tubed stereo amps in mono. With a tubed amp, one merely runs the 2 channels in parallel and ends up with the combined power into half the indicated output impedance. For instance, an inexpensive c-j MV75, rated at 75 WPC into 4, 8, or 16 ohms, becomes a monoamp capable of 150 watts into 2 or 4 or 8 ohms. There are lots of medium-power, stereo, tubed amps (such as the c-j Premier Eleven) that are excellent candidates.
I'm currently running a new-to-me c-j Premier Eleven-A (70WPC) in stereo driving my quite-efficient (94dBA) L/R speakers and just bought an inexpensive c-j MV75A that I'll use as a 150-watt monoamp to drive my low-efficiency (85dBA) Aerial CC3B centerchannel speaker.
I have a pair of Enterprises driving my Thiel CS3.6's, and I really like them with my Thiels. I definitely like the sound of Theta Digital's amps. I find them to have great width and depth to the soundstage, great instrument separation, and a very musical presentation. Low end is strong, but accurate, and while not as overly thick as some amps, I find them to be true and accurate.
The Enterprises would be my first choice. Pass Labs would be my second.