Budget seperates (stereo)

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  1. Ben LG

    Ben LG Stunt Coordinator

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    Ive been thinking about getting into seperates recently and was wondering if quality units can be had at my price range - $700 or should I just save the money towards a better system if I really wanted to go down the seperates route.

    Some combos I was looking at:

    Parasound Zamp and Zpre

    Parasound PHP-850
    Parasound HCA-750A

    Rotel RB-1050
    Rotel RC-1070

    I chose these few because power is not my main concern since my room is not too big (15x10x8), Im sure I dont need anything over 100 watts. Quality sound at a reasonable volume is all I need. Any advice or opinions would be appreciated.
     
  2. James W. Johnson

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    How about just getting a decent integrated amp? $700 should get a pretty nice one.
     
  3. Dan J S

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    At around the same price range you could get a used integrated amp like Audio Analogue Puccini, Audio Refinement, or Creek - any of those would demolish the options you listed.
     
  4. Drew_W

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    Well naturally, anything used will put you into a higher bracket of what you can do with your money. If you want to maximize your $$$, go used. Hit up audiogon and see what you can get.
     
  5. Ben LG

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    Damn I cant spell.. *separates* [​IMG]

    Anyways thanks for all the info James, I went with the B&K ST-140. So far the ST-140 sounds very nice but just a tad dark/veiled on the highs. Can anyone recommend a preamp for under $500?

    FYI system specs are Infinity 2000.5 speakers, Marantz CC4300 changer and the B&K amp.
     
  6. Danny Tse

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    I also like to get into separates and I think I have found a way to do it cheaply. I have a small den (about 12' X 15') with rather efficient speakers (Energy C-3 rated @ 92dB). Currently, I have a Cambridge Audio A500 stereo integrated amp powering the Energy's. With the pre-outs on the Cambridge, I can bypass its power amp section and use it as a pre-amp. Right now, over at audiocircle.com, there's a very interesting thread on the TEAC A-L700P 3 channel power amp. It's Tripath digital amp rated at 30 watts/channel. The poster of the thread is replacing a Sugden integrated amp with the TEAC and has been very positive with its performance powering a pair of Totem floorstanding speakers. The best thing about it is that it's only $99.00 from J&R.

    I will be getting one of these to power my Energy C-3 soon.
     

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