smrex13

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which amp for bedroom system with harbeth 7es-3 XD
A nice power amp that has gotten great reviews and seems to fly under the radar: https://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=MFM6SPRX    
Integrated amp selection
The Martin Logan 35xt (the previous version) was also listed as 92db sensitivity.  However, actual tests revealed that it was just under 87db.  A 4ohm speaker with a sensitivity of 87db needs about 3x the power to produce the same volume as a spea... 
Cost-effective integrated
Rega Brio is right at your price, and you could save some money by finding a used/demo model.  Wonderful, engaging sound.  
Got an itch to buy some new stand mount speakeras
As far as British speakers, the Quad S1 and S2 have a fantastic top end (ribbon tweeter).  There is an add for a new Quad S2 for $750 right now.  That's a fantastic price (they are usually $1200 new, I think).  It's a wonderful, clear, engaging sp... 
Got an itch to buy some new stand mount speakeras
I would recommend Revel.  The Concerta2 M16 is $900 new, and Crutchfield often has demo/open box specials around your price point.  They have a very nice top to bottom balance with an excellent, clear treble without harshness.  If you don't play l... 
Affordable stand mount speakers to go with Rega Brio
In case anyone is still following this thread, I thought I'd share my thoughts on the Rega RX-1 vs. the Elac DBR62.  The short story is that I ended up preferring the Elacs.  They are warm and perhaps not the most revealing speaker, but I tend to ... 
Your tube amp related Harbeth experience.
I had the Harbeth C7s, and I tried several different integrated amps with them.  The only tube integrated that came close to driving them to my liking was the Primaluna Dialogue HP with KT150s.  However, I far preferred a Bryston B100 solid state ... 
Integrated vs. Separates on a Budget
@klimt  For a cheap but good phono amp, I'd look at the Schiit Mani and the iFi Zen.  I've owned both, and they were very enjoyable.   
Integrated vs. Separates on a Budget
I’d say it somewhat depends on whether you see yourself continuing to upgrade in the future, or if you’ve lived with the Denon for years and just want something better. If this is a one-time upgrade, then something like the Parasound integrated wo... 
Affordable stand mount speakers to go with Rega Brio
I've owned the Harbeth P3esr ad the C7es3 - loved the midrange, but the metal tweeters just didn't quite work for me.  I've always wanted to hear the 30 series with the soft dome. Preliminary listening (without any burn in or experimenting with s... 
Affordable stand mount speakers to go with Rega Brio
Was able to pick up a pair of the Elac and a used pair of the Rega Rx1 for under my budget.  Looking forward to comparing them - will post my impressions for anyone who is interested.  
Phono preamp overloading integrated amp?
@lewm yes, that's good to know.    
Phono preamp overloading integrated amp?
@lewm Thanks for working through this - it's interesting, and I'm learning quite a bit.  Look forward to calculations you come up with.  
Phono preamp overloading integrated amp?
@mulveling @lewm Thanks for the information.  The cart/gain are pretty standard:  4mV output and 40db of gain on the phono stage, so it sounds like I've not nothing to worry about.  I appreciate the input (no pun intended) from both of you.   Che... 
Affordable stand mount speakers to go with Rega Brio
@akg_ca Thanks for the recommendation - it's good to hear from someone who has used the RX-1.  The reviews are mixed, but I imagine they must pair well with Rega amps.