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Old 1st January 2013, 10:18 AM
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My integrated amplifier search


I have been researching integrated amplifiers for my bedroom based system. The source will be a musical fidelity xray cd player and xdac v3 DAC, along with a m2tech converter for FLAC files over my laptop. Speakers will be Paradigm Studio 20v3.

So far the shortlist stands at:
1. Rega Brio R
2. Exposure 2010s2
3. Musical Fidelity m3i

I am also considering tube based integrateds as well, but mostly leaning towards SS for fuss free listening.
Esteemed Fm's, kindly suggest any other options upto 1 lac.
Auditioning is going to be hard, except maybe the 3rd one because no dealers for others here in hyd, but since this system will be used for non critical listening, am hoping to get away with reading reviews and soliciting user opinions.
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Re: My integrated amplifier search

Sid, the MF M3i was very decent when I heard it at Audio People.
Should be a good match with your CDP as well.

For a bedroom setup I would highly recommend a network receiver or adding something like an AppleTV (Optical Output) which will give you a lot of functionality for online content. My wife and I spend a lot of time on Youtube or online radio on our bedroom setup.
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For a bedroom setup I would highly recommend a network receiver or adding something like an AppleTV (Optical Output) which will give you a lot of functionality for online content.
Thanks Nikhil,
Plan to listen to internet jazz radio stations through my Laptop. I have used the m2tech hiface converter in the past and the MF xdac v3 is an excellent DAC, so hopefully sound will be decent.
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So far the shortlist stands at:
1. Rega Brio R
2. Exposure 2010s2
3. Musical Fidelity m3i
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Can this also be added to the list?It is supposed to sound 'tubelike' Audio Analogue Puccini
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Who is the dealer for this Himadri?
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Who is the dealer for this Himadri?
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No idea but the Audio analogue website posts the indian distributor as http://www.audioanalogue.com/rivendi...?ID_nazione=98
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Re: My integrated amplifier search

Odyssey makes or used to make a minimalistic integrated amp called Cyclops that accepts one input. I've never had the opportunity to hear the amp but considering what others have to say about Odyssey amps in general, this has been on my wish-list for a while. Plus, the amp has such good specs that it should be able to control most speakers and sound musical. I think it is basically a Khartago combined with a passive pre (Etessian?), but I may be wrong.

Edit: I just realized from your sig that you have a Symphonic line amp and you probably know way more about Odyssey.
Please disregard my suggestion if it didn't make sense to you.
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Hi Sid
You can also consider Yamaha A-S2000. Its a true balanced design and is a high current amp
You can get a very good discount because unfortunately the amp does not sell well.
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Please disregard my suggestion if it didn't make sense to you.
No issues asliarun -all suggestions welcome. I did consider cyclops, but single input is a concern as I want to connect Cd player, dac, and potentially entry level tt soon.
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No issues asliarun -all suggestions welcome. I did consider cyclops, but single input is a concern as I want to connect Cd player, dac, and potentially entry level tt soon.
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If you want to connect a TT, A-S2000 has an inbuilt phono as well


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