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The smart buy is an integrated. Variable out is no substitute for a pre-amp. Separates make no sense below the mega-buck cost no object level. Which you ain't. No purchase is forever. A separate power amp ties you into a weak position by limiting future options. The right integrated will sound better now, and pay big dividends later when you go to upgrade. Which you will.
A Brit integrated is the way to go. For instance, this:
Well I am going to have to chime in on this one as I have the Vincent SV-500.
I have had it for about a little over half a year so far and love it. Connected to Martin Logan Motion 40’s and since they are 4 ohm speakers, the Vincent (according to their specs) should be pushing close to 80 wpc. Also connected to it is a Questyle DAC CMA 400i, Denon Universal Bluray Player for CD playback and a Denon dpf-300 TT with a SimAudio 110lp v2, Denon Cassette Deck.
All I can say is that I am loving everything. When I first got it I was afraid it would not have enough power for Logan’s but wow, I do not even need to turn up the volume very high to get good music to my ears.
I really wanted the big brother, SV-237MK but it was out of my budget and so took a chance on the SV-500.
I recently added a Isotek Evo3 Sirius Conditioner and High Fidelity Cables MC-0.5 to the system plus Audioquest Power Cables to the Vincent and Dac. I feel it has definitely added some impact overall, deeper bass and bigger sound-stage (holy crap, am I talking audiophile language now, haha).
Anyways, I can vouch for this Integrated but I am sure the other one’s you are considering are awesome too. I do not feel the need to do any tube rolling as I am quite content with my setup so far.
The only other thing I want to upgrade eventually is my TT and upgrade to a dedicated CD Player or Transport.
So that has been my experience.
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