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Think twice before concluding some thing sounds better
Several months back, I was reminded of the importance of adequate warm up of each component when critically comparing amp/component A to amp/component B. When I moved to an area with a somewhat unstable power grid that my Krell did not agree with,... 
Budget Audiophile Looking For Amplifier Suggestions
As some have mentioned, a moderately priced tube amp may also nicely do the job. Right now I'm driving my Maggie 1.7s with a very moderately priced, USA made Rouge @ 100W per side and it does a very nice job in terms of timber, stage and dynamics.... 
Budget Audiophile Looking For Amplifier Suggestions
My bid would be, as some have mentioned, a Adcom, either GFA555 or GFA5500, ($350.00 - $500.00 used) or, for a bit more money, a Bryston 3Bsst ($1,200 - $1,500 used). Both the Adcom and the Bryston amps require a substantial warm up to sound their... 
Integrated Amp Suggestions for Dynaudio Contour 3.4LE
Not sure about how it would do on the Dynaudios, but I have a set of Magnapan 1.7s that I'm now driving with a Rouge, Cronus Mag II and it sounds very nice. Good Luck,Jim 
Best Cheap Amps for Magneplanar Speakers
limniscate,My listening level varies. Usually, when things have quieted down and I just want to kick back and relax with some light rock, jazz or chamber music, the volume level is pretty moderate. When friends are over and we're in the mood for s... 
Best Cheap Amps for Magneplanar Speakers
I have a pr. of Maggie 1.7s and drove them for a while with an Ayre V5 xe ss. amp @ 150w per side @ 8 ohm and 300w per side @ 4 ohm (even used, probably a bit more than you want to spend for just one) Even though I liked the Ayre very much, I fina... 
What's been playing on your turntable and what turntable is it ?
Neil Diamond  "Hot August Night" - Mobile Fidelity Original Master Recording; Pink Floyed  "Dark Side of The Moon" - Mobile Fidelity Original Master Recording; Journey "Escape"- Mobile Fidelity Original Master Recording; Al Stewart  "Year of The C... 
Magnepans
Maybe a bit late to chime in but for what it's worth - as I do currently have a pair of Maggie 1.7s and am driving with a Rouge Cronus Mag. II integrated tube amp rated at 100W pr. channel. My listening are is about 375 Sq. ft. The 100W Rouge does... 
I should have never ....
Here is a link on one of the reviews on the Rouge Cronus Mag II. After living with this amp for several months now, I much agree. headphone.guru: 
I should have never ....
A thought on a very nice lower priced integrated tube is the Rouge.I've listened to some very pricy tube amps and some other less expensive. I have happily settled on the Rouge Cronus II Mag. (many very favorable reviews). It sells new for around ... 
Why pay so much?
Well said kqvkq9. I have been an audio enthusiast for many years. Now that I'm retired I find that the factor of diminishing returns plays a big part in the selection of gear and cables. It is my concern that when it becomes more about the high pr... 
Is it a OK to leave tube pre-amps powede up 24/7
I have a Rouge integrated amp with stand-by soft start. Truthfully, after a half hour warm up it sounds great and additional hours of warm up seems to make no difference, so, except for periods when I plan to listen to music for a couple of days i... 
Help, my system sounds lifeless!
Another very nice speaker for a small space is the Gershman Chameleon. A relatively small floor standing 2 way speaker with incredibly good detail, very nice with strings, vocals, horns and percussion and present a convincingly deep and wide stage... 
Honing down the speaker shortlist ~$5K
I’m with malthuse on that. My first love was also the Quads - ESL 63.Particularly for the type of music you listen to. They don’t blow you away with huge dynamics or etched in glass detail, they just present a very wide and deep stage of convincin... 
Dark Side of the Moon - Is MFSL really all that?
Don't know if anything will ever be quite as nice as Mobile Fidelities Original 1979 Direct to Disc Master Recording LP, taken direct to disc from the1973 studio cut.One of my all-time favorite LPs. Maybe it would be worth a bit today had I kept i...