a creek or audiolab integrated for the speakers.....the grado exclusively for phones
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Creek Classic (2x90) or Portal Panache (2x100) are two integrated amps that should have enough power and punch to drive your Paradigms. They have received excellent reviews, and both have good headphone sections, maybe the Portal in particular. I have no experience with neiter (I have heard the Creek in demo and was impressed), but you might want to take a closer look. Both headphone sections would put out more power than the Grado RA-1, which is designed to drive the "easy to drive" grado phones.
Play along. Look into Tascam trainers, CD players/headphone. The ability to loop sections in itself is worth the $200 cost. Effects, tuning (for string players), is simply icing on the cake, and it's portable. Obviously, you can't plug your drums in but with some open back phones this is a great aid in learning covers quickly.
I've owned v.1's and 2's. I auditioned in home v.3's and S8's. In my room the v.2's were a clear winner. I was powering them with a moded PS Audio HCA-2. I've since sold the Paradigm's to a neighbor who borrowed the HCA but has since replaced it with a McIntosh 401. Even though the Paradigm's are an easy load they really come alive with more power. Tilting them back and using a tallish listening chair can help their focus. I used Avalon Acoustics method of speaker placement as a starting point.
Thank you for the input so far. I am wondering if I should consider another option: If I used separates instead of an integrated would the headphone out of a preamp such as Anthem pre 2L or Aragon 28k put out as strong and quality of a signal as the headphone out on an integrated such as Portal Panache, Anthem 2 integrated? Help is appreciated.