In your system, at a show, in a showroom, or at a friend's, what integrated amplifier have you heard produces solid low end (bass), highs etc consistently with whatever speakers you heard it with? I'm looking for a solid state integrated in the $2500 and under range that can accomplish the above with my Klipshch RF 7II which although seemingly efficient are a challenging load dropping down in the bass region below 4 ohms. I listen mostly to classic jazz with a little rock, r&b mixed in. Or, which manufacturer have you heard consistently produce integrated amplifiers producing solid low end with whatever speakers? caveat: I don't like anything lean or that tends towards lean! Would love to try an integrated that doubles down, but that seems out of my price range with the exception of the Krell (used). Need a fairly smooth amp up top because the Klipsch horn can sometimes get harsh. Not interested in tubes though. Currently using Anthem 225 but not convinced.
Have thought about:
Vincent SV-237mk Musical Fidelity M6si Yamaha A-S1100 Parasound Hint 6 or Halo Krell S-300i Musical Fidelity A5
The Anthem 225 has improved the low end of the Klipsch, but I think the Klipsch bass can be more. An integrated amp that doubles down maybe? I like the 225 however, good phono stage too. The Anthem STR is jut too much money for my budget. It would be great to try though.
Much Thanks! for the follow up. I look forward in reading more about the integrated chosen. In a different price-range, I am considering an Ayre AX-5 Twenty Integrated amp. To date, I have always been a separates supporter. I must say that the Integrated Amp has come a long way from very humble origins. In 2019, there is a plethora of amps for consideration, Entry level all of the way up to Reference level, with plenty inventory in between.
It looks like I may just have to stand pat with the Anthem I225. Today the power of this integrated just seem to come out of my speakers and energized the room! It hinted at this before but not to the extent I’m hearing now! Also, the stock power cord is the one that has produced the best sonics, most powerful images and top to bottom power. So far I’ve tried a Silver Audio Wattmaster and VH Audio Flavor 4 with the 225 which seemed to stunt the power of the integrated, but with the stock cord the current and dynamics returned after a few days. What have you found to be the power cord that brings out the clarity and bass?
foster_9 I concur- the 225 has incredible power and is underrated IMO.This is one of the few products that I have tested with a stock power cord (PC). I can second using the original PC -no aftermarket required to my ears. What time of day does most of your listening occur?Consider late night sessions for critcal evaluation. Happy Listening!
I had a 225 I used with B & W 804 for years never lacked for power with them also used it with paradigm 85f which were more sensitive , drove those with ease. I sold it wanting to go with some tubes. Only problem I had was the amp started volume ramping but it was an easy firmware fix.
Krell s300i never received the accolades like previous integrateds from Krell, but I think its a lot better than the old KAV series. It typically sells for less than 50% of retail. It sounds fantastic, bass, power, speed and control. It just never gets a lot of love, but I think it significantly better than a lot of what you listed.
Hi, have you considered a Wyred4Sound 250 watt integrated amp. I love mine, I have speakers with 15inch woofers, and I think netflix is doing structural damage to my house. The amp is dynamic, powerful and pretty smooth, but not dull. Plus seems to be pretty resilient to loads, its like 460 watts at 4 ohms with excellent protection circuitry. Worth a look I would think, same price range as krell s300i. I see that some talked about Peachtree 300 that is very close, both use ICE amps. I have never heard the Krell s300 but do read reviews, it might not be right for Klipsch horns. Good luck!