How about a plinius 8200 mkII integrated. Sounds like it would fill the bill price and power wise! Can get them on gon for 1500-2000. I own one and enjoy it Know what you mean about audio in alabama, I live in montgomery and have to depend upon forums and reviews on net because of lack of any high end here also.
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I would seriously consider the YBA Integre. 50 of the most glorioius SS watts out there. Used, can be done easily in your price range, with room to buy a pair of Sistrum Mini Monitor Platform stands for your 805s. You have no idea where your speakers can go until you place them atop these stands. I own their big brother. Before power cords, I'd go with the best you can do ICs from source to integrated. This is the beginning. Fasten your seatbelt and shine up your credit card. just my fwiw...peace, warren
Consider the Naim Nait 5i at $1350 new. I bought one 2 weeks ago to replace my Krell KRC-3 preamp and Mark Levinson 331 poweramp due to downsizing. I am most impressed with what I got for the money, especially when I used a good power cable. Feel free to contact me if you want more info.
The Adcom GFP-750, based on my 1 year of ownership, is NOT as great as the reviews suggest. Be careful.
I think there's several dealers not far from you.One is in Florence Alabama and another in Huntsville.If he's still around there's a dealerAscent audio in Montgomery that carries Audio Physic, Totem Acoustic, Merlin Music Systems and Emminent Technology.He's also a dealer for Balanced Audio Technology, Ayre Acoustics, Quicksilver Audio, Plinius, Atma-Sphere OTL and Music Reference. I live on the border of Georgia and Alabama.There's also Sounds and Cinema Sound and cinema
near Roswell(basically ATL).Basically around the corner from these guys is Walter AKA Underwoodwally on Agon.Also there's Jim aka Alazurajim here on Agon.He is in Marietta Ga(basically ATL). Jim is a great guy no BS ..very down to earth.
Between these three guys you have Tannoy,Living Voice,Quad,Soliloquy,Gershman Acoustics,Spendor,Kirksaetter, Magnepan, Martin Logan,Silverline,Paradigm,Adcom,Pass Labs,Jolida,Eastern Electric,Cambridge,Cardas,Balanced Power,Music Hall,Marsh,Pioneer elite,Triangle,Shanling, Monitor Audio,B&K,Unison research,Jeff Rowland, Audible Illusions,Audio Research,Avalon acoustics,Aragon, Billy Bags,Lexicon,Magnum Dynalab, Niles, Energy,Klipsch Reference,Theta digital,Marantz and a bunch of others I can't remeber. There's atleast three others in and around the ATL that have Silverline audio,Classe,Rotel,Meadowlark,PSB,Levison,Krell,Carolina Audio,Cain and Cain Abbey,Theil,Antique Sound labs, JM Labs, Vienna Acoustics,Sonus Faber ,Revel and Omega single driver speakers.
I would say prepare to spend the weekend in the ATL.There's plenty to listen too.
Atlanta shops I have experienced:
Audio Forest - JMlab, YBA, Audio Refinement, Simaudio, Rega etc.
Sound & Cinema - website linked in a msg above
Audio Alternative - Plinius, Meadowlark, VTL, Ayre, Rega, NAD, etc.
Have bought JMlab speakers from Audio Forest and a Plinius integrated from Audio Alternative. Both are highly recommended.
i have a friend that has a pair of 805...he uses a sim audio I-5 intergrated with unbelievable results. I myself am not a fan of b&w but the synergy with the i-5 is simply amazing. The I-5 is rated @ 70 wpc but is a ultra high current intergrated amp and has no problem with the 805 load. The amp impressed me so much i bought one and have never looked back
Thanks for the responses thus far - much appreciated.
@ Warrenh - I have the B&W stands for the speakers and have never heard them on anything but. Added sand to the hollow posts as suggested when I bought them.
Seems I need to look into the Plinius line. Being newer to this, there are almost too many options and brands I haven't heard much of.
I am looking at some of the cheaper power cords I have seen listed. Don't have the names handy - but probably in the $60-$100 range.
@ Gmood1 - Many thanks for all the info!!!
Again - thanks from a new 'goner in training!