Integrated Amp for Paradigm Minis

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  1. Brian_Br

    Brian_Br Auditioning

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    Hi, I am looking to purchase a dedicated 2 channel speaker setup. I am considering the Paradigm Mini Monitors (along with the others in the M series, the B&W line, etc.).

    I keep hearing that the Paradigms should be paired up with with a warmer amp, such as a Denon, Harman Kardon, Onkyo or Marantz. I have trouble with the idea of spending more money on an amp than on the speaker set (!!!), and would appreciate any suggestions.

    I am also considering spending a bit more on speakers and if necessary and would welcome some ideas. Thanks.

    Brian
     
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    My Paradigm Titans paired with an ASL 15W(UL)/5W(triode) toob amp sounds heavenly in SET (5W) mode. Plenty loud with a sound to die for. You can find the ASL integrated for as low at $400 on A'gon. Its worth every penny, IMHO. Paradigms, IMHO sound best with tubed electronics. If you dont believe me try it and see for yourself.
     
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    Price range for the whole thing? What source(s)? For music only, I'd go with the B&Ws 602 over the Minis (as a former Mini owner). IMO, a used Marantz, NAD or Rotel integrated is the way to go.

    I'm using Mordaunt Short 902s in my little 2ch setup which are on sale right now for $279 in black at www.accessoriesforless.com. Great little speakers - fast, articulate and good with every type of music.
     
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    I'm pretty confused overall. I don't really have a budget in mind, i was initially thinking 1000 or so, but if I can get substantial gains i'm willing to spend 2000 or even more. I guess my main objective is to get a nice setup, maybe entry level to high end.

    I've had the opportunity to audition a ton of speakers, but not with the same amp, and not at the same time. In your opinion, if I wanted to purchase 2 speakers, an amp (either integrated or amp and preamp), and cd player along with cables, what system setup would you recommend for $1000, 1500, and $2000?

    Thanks for the help.
     
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    I forgot to ask, what size room? If it's a larger room, you may want a larger or more sensitive speaker.

    I put together my little 2ch system for under $1K: Marantz PM7000 (95x2@8 Ohms), the 902s, Sony CA70ES, Audioquest Diamondbacks and Type 4 wire. In this system I also used GR Research A/V-1s and Paradigm Studio 20s. It sounded great with each of them. The 20s gave the most extension, but the 902s and the A/V-1s are both cleaner in the midrange. ($1K does not include my salamander rack and Paradigm speaker stands).

    I've been thinking about moving to a tube integrated, and ASL is at the top of the list [​IMG]

    Audiogon is an excellent place to look for deals. There are a few NAD units available, one Rotel integrated, and a nice ASL setup, all in about the same price range.

    Speakers, I'd recommend taking a look at the A/V-1s at www.gr-research.com. There are also a pair of GR's older, but slightly better (more expensive than the A/V-1) Paradox 1s on Audiogon right now for less than new A/V-1s
     
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    My 2 channel system is also under $1K. Check out the "Clearance" section at Audio Advisor....they're good deals there (with factory warranty and a 30 day retrun policy).
     

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