Vitus, Gryphon make world class integrateds. i have not checked second-hand pricing in a while.
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Rapogee - is that the new one? i believe there was an older one which was marketed as a 50-watt per channel Class A amp...but in fact had volume control and a couple inputs. this was around 3 years ago (approximately).
Ultraaudio had a review by Jeff Fritz...where, among other things, he said dont be fooled by 50 watts. it sounded far more propulsive, powerful and effortless than many SOTA muscle amps. The dynamic headroom probably had a lot to do with this.
I went though trying different integrateds to go with with my Martin Logans Vistas which love power at 4 ohms.
I finally got the new Music Hall A70.2 It does not get alot of talk but it is really a Giant Killer.Great sound'fast'pinpoint imaging. It is a dual mono at 125w at 8ohms and 180 at 4 ohms.Built like a tank.Huge transformers.Also the price is very good.It is a great integrated.
Tmsorosk....have you heard the new AX-5 integrated by Ayre? Please share if you had the experience.
I would be very curious to see how it sounds compared to the Ayre AX-7. I have tried the Ayre AX-7 a while ago and its a very good little amplifier assured but as you can see, I am considering a relatively significant upgrade and willing to pay more as well. Thanks for the suggestion, its definitely a good integrated amplifier.
What would you think of a manufacturer (BMC) and distributor (Aaudio Imports) who refuse to support their products when after identifying, notifying, and working with them to correct the sonic defect and then waiting 12 more months for the problem to be corrected receives the following email?
On Jan 7, 2013, at 10:47 AM, Brian Ackerman wrote:
I tried to reach out to you many times and you ignored me.
Also both Carlos and I felt that you were over-driving the amplifier.
If we find out that you are spreading rumors about BMC or Aaudio imports I can assure you that we will take legal action against you..
You received special pricing on the C1 amplifier, which is now discontinued and has been replaced with the CS2 amplifier.
I suggest you sell your C1 and buy something else that you think will be a better match for your speakers.
Talking trash about us wont get you anywhere but in trouble.
From: Brian Ackerman [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, December 26, 2011 12:24 AM
Subject: RE: snippet 3
I guess that I am asking you to wait for the upgrade since this should not also solve your problem, but also improve the sound of your amp.
Since you laid out exactly zero information about the supposed "sonic defect" or any prior attempts to rectify it, then I have no idea what to think about any of it.
If you want anyone to take whatever your issue is seriously, I would suggest a more detailed approach rather than a single hit-and-run post.