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I will probably end-up buying a pair of Andrew Jones designed Elac B6.

Accrding to what you can read in various reviews, they seem to benefit from a "generous" amplifier power.

Based on your experience, and maybe on your gutt feeling, what would be the best match in the 1000-2000$ range?

- Odissey Stratos

- Nuprime ST10 (or ST9)

- Wyred4Sound ST500 mkii

- Audio Alchemy DPA-1

- any other suggestion

 

Thanks

Franz

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+1 on the Nord. Fantastic amps at a very reasonable price. Mine now have about 200 hours on them and they keep getting better and better.

Bob

 

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I tried a pair of monoblocks based on the DIY Hypex NCore 400 modules and am thrilled with them. They're not made by a traditional amp manufacturer, but NAD, Rogue and Merrill Audio and otheres have used them in their designs. They will drive any speaker, are well within your price range, and I've read multiple accounts of audiophiles replacing far more expensive amps with them.

 

I'm not a DIY person so I bought mine used/already assembled. Here is a link to a reputable service that will build them for you at a reasonable cost.

 

IMO, they are incredible sounding and an excellent value.

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I tried a pair of monoblocks based on the DIY Hypex NCore 400 modules and am thrilled with them. They're not made by a traditional amp manufacturer, but NAD, Rogue and Merrill Audio and otheres have used them in their designs. They will drive any speaker, are well within your price range, and I've read multiple accounts of audiophiles replacing far more expensive amps with them.

 

I'm not a DIY person so I bought mine used/already assembled. Here is a link to a reputable service that will build them for you at a reasonable cost.

 

IMO, they are incredible sounding and an excellent value.

 

The big difference in the Rogue per Mark O'Brien "the big difference being that we only deploy the switching MOS-FETs on the output section of the modules and otherwise we bypass everything on the modules that Hypex supply that everyone else uses—we are not using the Hypex Modules' driver stages or their input stages."

The Truth Is Out There

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Darko did a posting on just this question the other day.

 

I have had a Krell integrated, Belles, Parasound and now an old pair of Stratos. I got them all used and they have all been great but different.

 

The Krells have a nice attack and precision to them.

The Belles have a liquidity to them that is very pleasant with plenty of power.

The Parasound are neutral but a bit lean. They also offer great support.

The Stratos have this airy quality I just love. Music just seems to float in the air but without losing any image specificity.

 

Price/Performance I have to give to the Odyssey.

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I vote for the Odyssey amps as that is what I have. They have worked well with every single speaker I have owned. If you have room for the mono amps then they are a bit better, the stereo configuration is really very good too. He offers upgrades that use his Kismet line parts, get as many of them as your budget allows if you go that route.

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