2 Channel Amp

Hi All,

I have been thinking of getting a new 2 channel amp for music. I currently have a Parasound 2125 and I like it but the upgrade bug keeps biting.
So far this is what I like:

https://www.cambridgeaudio.com/usa/en/products/851/851w

https://www.anthemav.com/products-current/series=mca-series-gen2/model=mca-225/page=overview

https://www.vincent-tac.de/en/product-types/poweramplifiers/sp-332.html

This ones are out of budget but they are tempting and a dream.

https://upscaleaudio.com/collections/power-amplifiers/products/primaluna-dialogue-six-monoblocks


I know this one is an integrated AMP but Maybe.

https://www.technics.com/us/products/grand-class/stereo-integrated-amplifier-su-g700.html

Cheers
HT
AVR-Pioneer SC99
Adcom 585
RTi12s
Rear- RT150
Center-CSi5
Sub-Rythmik audio F25
Player- Oppo BDP-103


Living room 2ch rig:
Peach Tree Decco, Onkyo CS-5VL SACD and Linn Kelidh

Bedroom 2ch rig.
Cary AE-3, Parasound 2125, Marantz SA8005, Usher V-601 or SDA 1C, SVS SB12-NSD, Intel NUC PC and Panamax MX5105

Headphone rig;
Little DOT MK II with upgraded tube's and Sennheisers HD650.
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  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 4,054
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800,Kinki Studio EX-M1
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: L.K.S MH-DA004, Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI,
    Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkIII
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra II
    Speaker Cables: Organic Audio Organic Reference 2, Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Argento Organic Reference 2, Argento Organic 2, Gabriel Gold Reckoning
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,302
    Budget, and what will it be powering?
  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,934
    If youre looking for a new product, seems like a lot of companies are having sales right now.

    Cary Audio for one
    https://carydirect.com/cad-120s-mkii.html
    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 32,462
    Of those choices, the Vincent looks interesting if you don't need gobbs of power. The Anthem though has some balls to it and may provide a bit more headroom if one needs it.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1420
    lsi 9's
  • IrrenhausIrrenhaus Posts: 933
    edited April 9
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Budget, and what will it be powering?

    Maybe around $2500.00
    For speakers will be:

    Linton's
    Linn Keilidh
    When I finally finished the upgrade SDA 1C
    and Usher V601

    Cheers
    HT
    AVR-Pioneer SC99
    Adcom 585
    RTi12s
    Rear- RT150
    Center-CSi5
    Sub-Rythmik audio F25
    Player- Oppo BDP-103


    Living room 2ch rig:
    Peach Tree Decco, Onkyo CS-5VL SACD and Linn Kelidh

    Bedroom 2ch rig.
    Cary AE-3, Parasound 2125, Marantz SA8005, Usher V-601 or SDA 1C, SVS SB12-NSD, Intel NUC PC and Panamax MX5105

    Headphone rig;
    Little DOT MK II with upgraded tube's and Sennheisers HD650.
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 3,690
    edited April 9
    I have an Anthem 225 integrated, it's a permanent fixture until I move up to the new integrated. That MCA 225 will drive just about anything and sound good doing it.

    Good quality stuff to boot.
    2 channel: Anthem 225 Integrated amp; Parasound Ztuner; TechnicsTT SL1350; Vincent PHO-8 phono pre; Marantz CD6005 spinner; Polk SDA2BTL's; LAT International speaker cables, ZU Mission IC's and power cables all into a PS Audio Dectet Power center.

    Other; S60'S, M10 series II, M7C's, Hafler XL600 amp, RB-980BX, Parasound HCA-1500 amp , P5 preamp, all in storage. All vintage Polk have had crossover rebuilds and tweeter upgrades.

    There are three things that give a man a false sense of courage, a keyboard, alcohol and a firearm.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,302
    Solid choice, or add another $500 for the A21+.
  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 545
    edited April 9
    I heard the Musical Fidelity M6 with the Lintons a few weeks ago and it was sublime. At 3k a little over your budget but maybe on the used market or get the M5 for 2k.


    https://www.musicalfidelity.com/products/m6series/m6si
    Post edited by rburgess714 on
    Living Room
    Yamaha Aventage RX-A 1060, Parasound P5, Parasound A23, Yamaha BD-S681, Cambridge Audio Azur 851N, Polk S60, Polk S30, Samsung 60" LED

    Office
    Yamaha A-S501, Auralic Aries Mini, LSiM 703s

    Douglas Connection ICs and Cables
  • IrrenhausIrrenhaus Posts: 933
    Hey thanks for all the advice. At the moment I am on hold.
    Has any one done business with them?

    https://tmraudio.com/

    Cheers
    HT
    AVR-Pioneer SC99
    Adcom 585
    RTi12s
    Rear- RT150
    Center-CSi5
    Sub-Rythmik audio F25
    Player- Oppo BDP-103


    Living room 2ch rig:
    Peach Tree Decco, Onkyo CS-5VL SACD and Linn Kelidh

    Bedroom 2ch rig.
    Cary AE-3, Parasound 2125, Marantz SA8005, Usher V-601 or SDA 1C, SVS SB12-NSD, Intel NUC PC and Panamax MX5105

    Headphone rig;
    Little DOT MK II with upgraded tube's and Sennheisers HD650.
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 4,054
    I have purchased a couple pair of tubes from them with no problems.
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800,Kinki Studio EX-M1
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: L.K.S MH-DA004, Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI,
    Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkIII
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra II
    Speaker Cables: Organic Audio Organic Reference 2, Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Argento Organic Reference 2, Argento Organic 2, Gabriel Gold Reckoning
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • sgmsmgsgmsmg Posts: 453
    I have purchased some cables from them. Items were as described with no surprises. I think someone on here had an issue with an amp they purchased from them:
    https://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/180043/new-to-me-amp-mccormack-dna-125/p1
    2 Channel
    Pre:Bryston BP173
    Amp:Bryston 14B3
    Speakers: Golden Ear Triton Reference
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Bryston BDA-3, Bryston BDP-3, Bryston BCD-3, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: Wireworld Gold Eclipse 7 Speaker, Wireworld Gold Eclipse 7 XLR, AQ Diamond USB/HDMI
    Power: PS Audio P10 Regenerator, AC12, AC10 and AC5 Cables
    Display: Sony XBR65Z9F

    Home Theater
    Pre: Yamaha CX-A5100
    Amp: Parasound JC5, A31, A51
    Speakers: Polk LSiM 707 (FL/FR), Polk LSiM706 (Center), LSiM 703 (SL/SR), Polk 900-LS (Atmos)
    Subwoofers: SVS SB13 x 4
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: AQ Rocket 88, AQ Niagara, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7
    Power: PS Audio P5 Regenerator, Furman IT Reference 15i, Pangea AC14SE and AC9SE Cables
    Display: Sony XBR85Z9G
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 7,250
    I have an Anthem 225 integrated, it's a permanent fixture until I move up to the new integrated. That MCA 225 will drive just about anything and sound good doing it.

    Good quality stuff to boot.

    Nice quality, Made in Canada, and on sale now!!!

    https://www.anthemav.com/products/type=amplifier

    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    Family Room| Marantz AV7704| Usher Dancer Mini - 2 DMD Mains |Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's Surrounds | Usher BE-616 DMD Center | SVS Ultra Rear Surrounds | Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | MIT Shotgun S3's | Dual SVS SB 4000 Ultras | Oppo UDP 203 | Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life |

    ManCave: HT:Polk LSiM 706VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's|| Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro Sunfire TGA-7401| Sony PS4 Pro| Sony PS4 Pro|SVS PB13 Ultra| Oppo UDP 203 | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Samsung 55" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office BlueSound Node| KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | LSiM 705's |
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 7,250
    And the STR Pre is onsale too... (I've had my eye on that for a while now)

    https://www.anthemav.com/products-current/model=str-pre-amplifier/page=overview
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    Family Room| Marantz AV7704| Usher Dancer Mini - 2 DMD Mains |Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's Surrounds | Usher BE-616 DMD Center | SVS Ultra Rear Surrounds | Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | MIT Shotgun S3's | Dual SVS SB 4000 Ultras | Oppo UDP 203 | Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life |

    ManCave: HT:Polk LSiM 706VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's|| Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro Sunfire TGA-7401| Sony PS4 Pro| Sony PS4 Pro|SVS PB13 Ultra| Oppo UDP 203 | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Samsung 55" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office BlueSound Node| KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | LSiM 705's |
  • sgmsmgsgmsmg Posts: 453
    edited April 13
    Clipdat wrote: »
    sgmsmg wrote: »
    I have purchased some cables from them. Items were as described with no surprises. I think someone on here had an issue with an amp they purchased from them:
    https://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/180043/new-to-me-amp-mccormack-dna-125/p1

    Oh no, don't read that thread, that Clipdat guy is a moron!

    :D
    2 Channel
    Pre:Bryston BP173
    Amp:Bryston 14B3
    Speakers: Golden Ear Triton Reference
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Bryston BDA-3, Bryston BDP-3, Bryston BCD-3, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: Wireworld Gold Eclipse 7 Speaker, Wireworld Gold Eclipse 7 XLR, AQ Diamond USB/HDMI
    Power: PS Audio P10 Regenerator, AC12, AC10 and AC5 Cables
    Display: Sony XBR65Z9F

    Home Theater
    Pre: Yamaha CX-A5100
    Amp: Parasound JC5, A31, A51
    Speakers: Polk LSiM 707 (FL/FR), Polk LSiM706 (Center), LSiM 703 (SL/SR), Polk 900-LS (Atmos)
    Subwoofers: SVS SB13 x 4
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: AQ Rocket 88, AQ Niagara, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7
    Power: PS Audio P5 Regenerator, Furman IT Reference 15i, Pangea AC14SE and AC9SE Cables
    Display: Sony XBR85Z9G
  • TEAforONETEAforONE Posts: 468
    Irrenhaus wrote: »
    Hey thanks for all the advice. At the moment I am on hold.
    Has any one done business with them?

    https://tmraudio.com/

    Cheers

    I just purchased an April Music Stello DA100 from these folks last month. We negotiated what I felt was a fair price. They were quick to respond via email. Once the deal was made,the DAC was shipped quickly,and was received very well packed,and actually looked in better condition than the pictures indicated.

    I would not hesitate to make another purchase from them again. No affiliation with TMR,just a satisfied customer. I hope this helps.

    Ray
    First Watt,Monarchy Audio,Aric Audio,Prometheus Audio,April Music,Bluesound,Pro-Ject,Onkyo,Graham Chartwell,Nola,Hornshoppe,HSU Research.
  • halo71halo71 Posts: 4,491
    That Technics sure is sexy!
    --Gary--
    Onkyo Integra M504, Bottlehead Foreplay III, Denon SACD, Thiel CS2.3, NHT VT-2, Infinity RSIIIa, SDA1C and a few dozen other speakers around the house I change in and out.
  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,934
    edited April 13
    halo71 wrote: »
    That Technics sure is sexy!

    I'll take mine in Black B)

    iymnmm2qlfam.png

    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 14,617
    I believe Russ (@Lightman1) has one of those. It's a haus according to him.

    Tom
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • halo71halo71 Posts: 4,491
    I'd had an M504 since new. Great amp imo!
    --Gary--
    Onkyo Integra M504, Bottlehead Foreplay III, Denon SACD, Thiel CS2.3, NHT VT-2, Infinity RSIIIa, SDA1C and a few dozen other speakers around the house I change in and out.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 25,773
    Clipdat wrote: »
    sgmsmg wrote: »
    I have purchased some cables from them. Items were as described with no surprises. I think someone on here had an issue with an amp they purchased from them:
    https://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/180043/new-to-me-amp-mccormack-dna-125/p1

    Oh no, don't read that thread, that Clipdat guy is a moron!

    I was oh-so-tempted to click agree, but I am a disciplined old geezer so I will click like instead. B)

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,302
    Poor Parasound amp getting crushed. Not very nice! :(
  • IrrenhausIrrenhaus Posts: 933
    edited June 18
    Can I use an Y rca splitter to feed a signal to the sub. No pass through on this one.

    Or go balanced to RCA as my DAC have balanced and rca out active at the same time.
    HT
    AVR-Pioneer SC99
    Adcom 585
    RTi12s
    Rear- RT150
    Center-CSi5
    Sub-Rythmik audio F25
    Player- Oppo BDP-103


    Living room 2ch rig:
    Peach Tree Decco, Onkyo CS-5VL SACD and Linn Kelidh

    Bedroom 2ch rig.
    Cary AE-3, Parasound 2125, Marantz SA8005, Usher V-601 or SDA 1C, SVS SB12-NSD, Intel NUC PC and Panamax MX5105

    Headphone rig;
    Little DOT MK II with upgraded tube's and Sennheisers HD650.
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 14,617
    Yes but the signal will be reduced to both.

    Tom
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • IrrenhausIrrenhaus Posts: 933
    treitz3 wrote: »
    Yes but the signal will be reduced to both.

    Tom
    Hi Tom

    Thanks for the reply.

    I did an edit to the post. Did not think about that one. Is the Beer.

    Cheers
    HT
    AVR-Pioneer SC99
    Adcom 585
    RTi12s
    Rear- RT150
    Center-CSi5
    Sub-Rythmik audio F25
    Player- Oppo BDP-103


    Living room 2ch rig:
    Peach Tree Decco, Onkyo CS-5VL SACD and Linn Kelidh

    Bedroom 2ch rig.
    Cary AE-3, Parasound 2125, Marantz SA8005, Usher V-601 or SDA 1C, SVS SB12-NSD, Intel NUC PC and Panamax MX5105

    Headphone rig;
    Little DOT MK II with upgraded tube's and Sennheisers HD650.
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 14,617
    Balanced to RCA via the DAC should work without detriment to the signal. That depends on the topology of the DAC itself though.

    Tom
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
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