a rogue audio cronus magnum is an excellent sounding amp and matches well with the Harbeths. plenty of power and a smooth, clear 3D sound that belies its price.
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I'm currently using a Luxman L-505UX II integrated with nice results but I'm interested in keeping things simple, like the Pass INT-25 with it's few analog only inputs and nothing else like pre-outs, digital ins, phono ins, etc. I play CD's only and am content with that. My system is a CD player, Intgrated amp & speakers. Avanti 1960, the Cronus is exactly what I'm looking for feature wise with it's simplicity but I'm interested in solid state, not tubes because I fear the tube amp in combination with the Harbeth's may produce a warmer, softer sound that I won't be happy with. But then again I may be wrong. I'm not against tubes, perse, it's just that I've listened to the Harbeth's with 2 different solid state amps and I like the way it responds to them.
Herb Reichert of Stereophile often extols the virtues of the pairing of the Pass XA-25 with the M30s, though I haven’t heard it myself. I have the M30 XDs also, and have had them in my home with the Luxman 590AXII, Benchmark LA4 and AHB2, Line Magnetic 845ia, and primaluna separates. I prefer the LM above all the others, followed by the Benchmark. The LM is only 22 w/ch but is the most ‘alive’ and natural sounding of the group. I listen mostly to jazz and classical with it, so it’s hard to say when its 22 watts might not be enough, but 22 watts goes a long way, especially in a smaller room. My room is 21 by 14 feet. There’s plenty of bass with the LM but it is not super tight, perhaps the only downside. The Benchmark is just as natural sounding but not quite as musical, but with Harbeth it is a really good pairing/synergy and plenty of power. Initially I had the M40s with Benchmark monos, and I would recommend this pairing above any other (that I have heard to include Luxman separates). That said, all of these amps work well.
Alan Shaw at HARBETH pontificates that his creations are all agnostic when it comes to integrated amp pairings. But he also speaks like John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness about cables also being a non-factor.
As an owner of the 30.2XD’s, I don’t drink ANY of his KoolAid …. ( and neither does my dealer ..,,), Rather quite the opposite, because they all have their bespoke sonic signatures, and that ethereal system synergy quest requires some experimentation.
But WTF, to each his own ,,,, Carry on!
INTEGRATED AMP OPTIONS - my bespoke choice
In my system, I have them paired with a REGA OSIRIS integrated amp and all CARDAS CLEAR cables / CARDAS CLEAR & GOLDEN REFERENCE power cords.
When I further upgraded the cables, it was a further step-up in dynamics, slam, and performance.
Some drive FORDs, and some drive CHEVYs. A large bevy of available high-current amp options will not disappoint with your XD’s . Shaw has created a fine product that is arguably the sweet spot in his model range.
When you are distilling out the integrated amp contenders from the pretenders, ignore the upfront power ratings at 8ohms and see what are the specs when the impedance drops to 4 ohms.
The “standard” marketing puffery pushes specifications that might say the output power is 100 watts RMS at 8 ohms. Notice the power output (100 watts) is at a specified load (8 ohms).
The above shows that for an ideal amp, halving the impedance doubles the power output if the power output nearly doubles, then you have a high current amp.