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Parasound A-23 or Parasound HCA 2200
One more thing:  I love this site.  Everyone is so knowledgeable and helpful.  Thank you everyone for your comments so far. 
Parasound A-23 or Parasound HCA 2200
So my next question is:  Assuming I can get this thing repaired at a reasonable price, what is a good budget preamp to go with it.  By budget I mean around $300. 
Parasound A-23 or Parasound HCA 2200
Although I like the way right channel sounds, I don't get much volume, which is unexpected with an amp that delivers 385wpc into 4 ohms.  But it could be because I am running my portable DAC (ifi nano with burr/brown - 32/384 async and 256 DSD)  d... 
Parasound A-23 or Parasound HCA 2200
I bought an HCA 2200 on ebay for $377.  The right channel sounds great.  The left channel, not so much.  That is when the left channel outputs anything at all, which is not the norm.  Removing the cover I see that the small capicators to the sides... 
Parasound A-23 or Parasound HCA 2200
Along the lines of the Integrated, there is a recently refurbished NAD 372 for $400 that I am considering 
Parasound A-23 or Parasound HCA 2200
Aslo I have chanced upon an HCA 2250.  Thoughts on this amp? 
Parasound A-23 or Parasound HCA 2200
Hi Teo.  Thanks for the advice.  It did occur to me that an amp of that age might need some 'cap' work.  How would I  know (other than checking for capacitors that bulge like miniature soup cans infected with botulism) ?  If I intended to keep thi... 
Parasound A-23 or Parasound HCA 2200
power sucking little sticks 
Parasound A-23 or Parasound HCA 2200
Hi George.  Magnepan 1.7s 
The Music Room
Thanks, everyone. I feel better now. :) (I just saw their web site:  TMRAudio.com) 
Appropriate Power for 1.7i's
So my current short list (in no particular order) is:Bryston 4B ST ($1,600 - good availability)Krell 400xi ($1,400 - $1,500)Pair of PS Audio 250 Deltas ($1,100 / pair)McCormack DNA-1 (Hard to come by)The first three deliver into 4 ohms. the McCorm... 
Appropriate Power for 1.7i's
Hi 2psyop.  Thanks for the suggestion.  I read the review you linked, and immediately wanted one.  However, the price for used units appears to be about 3k.  Out of my range, even given that it obviates the need for a pre-amp.  
Appropriate Power for 1.7i's
btw: I got outbid on the McCormack. Just as well, I didn’t really want to deal with having to have it re-configured.Also I have decided that I am willing to bump my budget to about $1500, though that will mean waiting a couple of weeks. That is al... 
Appropriate Power for 1.7i's
Thanks, for  your input 2psyop, but I think from a power perspective, 4hannons is right.  If 350wpc is not enough to drive your speakers, they're bricks. 
Appropriate Power for 1.7i's
I am replacing an old AV receiver that powers up just fine.  It is very quiet.  Too quiet.