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I owned the Kandy Mk III integrated a few years ago. It is a decent amp for the money. I believe I sold mine for around $550. Keep your eyes on the classifieds or you could place a want to buy ad.
Curious what made you decide on this model?"
Honestly- I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, but from everything I have read, seems to be a good starting point. Have researched NAIM, NAD, Cambridge Audio, and am trying to get read up on tubes too.
Any recommendations for alternatives for a sub-$1000 amp, used or new?
Here's a list of the integrated amps I have tried over the past ferw years:
Roksan Kandy III (AB), Audio Refinement Complete (AB), Portal Panache (AB), PS Audio Trio C-100 (ICE), Classe CAP-151 (AB), NAD C-352 (AB), Bel Canto S-300 (ICE), Linn LK-85 (?) and Bel Canto eVo2i (tri-path).
The Linn was not an integrated but was in there.
The Bel canto eVo2i has been in my system for well over a year now. There may be better integrated amps out there but I feel I'd need to spend significantly more $$ than I'm willing to better it.
The only amp on the list that I paid more than 1K for was the Classe. I honestly preferred the cheap NAD to it.
There are plenty of reviews of the Bel Canto amp on the web, 6Moons, Soundstage and others.
Click here for a thread that may interest you.
Good luck with your search.
I had a Kandy MK3CD player. I found it to be a bit hard and edgy. Good for some good ole hard rock and roll I guess. Although I really liked the live presence it presented especially in studio recording and especially indy labels where the band has more say of what they want the recording to sound like. I have a Classe ( CA series )amp these days and it is as smooth as you know what. But if thats what you want post a wanted ad, there was a dealer tryin to unload some Roksan demo gear for a long time and he may still have it. And I think he posted recently also, I can't remember who it was though. Spearit Sound has alot of discounted Cambridge Audio stuff http://www.spearitsound.com/specials.htm
In case you don't have it yet, here's a contact for Roksan.
They're a UK company, but surely they have US distribuition.
This contact was from a review done in 2001, but may still work.
One thing to consider if you're buying new, or trying to, warranty relief is a consideration...so if finding the company is difficult, how tough may it be to secure repairs later on, either in or out of warranty.