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Old 04-25-2018, 01:44 PM
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Ditto on the MC452. Fantastic amplifier!
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Old 04-25-2018, 02:21 PM
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My favorite amp in that price bracket is the Pass Labs x250.8
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Ditto on the MC452. Fantastic amplifier!


It’s in the running for sure
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When you can find 1 used under 10K, the Esoteric A02 qualifies...
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Also Pass Labs.
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If I were to get another pair of Focal speakers (which are wonderful) it would be difficult for me not to go with a Pass Labs 30.8 amp to drive them. Think it would be a terrific combination.
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I auditioned several under $7500 and wound up with a Bryston. The new Brystons, like the 14B3 mentioned, are really wonderful sounding. Are they the best choice for you? Only your ears can tell! --and with that kind of money in play, dealers should set up extended home trials for you.

The Pass Labs units are really liquid sounding, and many love them. I tried the X250.8 and thought it sounded beautiful, especially on vocals, but it ran too hot for my space. For orchestral music, I really liked the Classe CA-2300, but in my exceptionally quiet room, I could hear the fan. However, most users can't, and with the turmoil at Classe, you may be able to get one (or the corresponding monoblocs) for a good price.

Have fun! There are some wonderful amps out there in your range. I've named only a few of the solid-state ones -- models that I have direct experience with.
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Parasound JC-1 mono blocks. Tons of power and control. Also Pass Labs.
Agreed for SS, especially the Parasound. Awesome amps.

For tubes, look at the PrimaLuna Dialogue HP monoblocks with KT150 tubes. Traded in a pair of McIntosh MC601 monos for those as they sounded much better in my system.
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McIntosh MC452
My vote as well!
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Luxman M-700u
Parasound Halo JC-1 monoblocks
Pass XA25

Lots of great options in this price range.
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I've owned a lot of McIntosh amps, i'd pick the Parasound JC-1.
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