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Old 10-04-2019, 04:05 AM
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Hey guys, in the throws of upgrading my amp.
I play music and movies through the one system.
Current system.
Marantz ki pearl CD player
Marantz ki pearl integrated amp.
Dali Helicon 400 mk2 speakers.
Jl audio e110.sub.


My current options are....
Amp Parasound jc 5 with pre amp Schiit Freya + (valve).
Amp Parasound a21+ with Prima Luna 400 pre (valve).
Amp Parasound jc 5 with Parasound p6 pre and later on get valve DAC.

Iíd like the jc5 and Primaluna combo but itís going to be a massive stretch for me unless someone can convince me 😁.

What are your thoughts guys and gals?
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Old 10-04-2019, 11:35 AM
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My thoughts are: always stick with the same brand for pre and power amps. Yes, some mix and match just fine, but it's a crap shoot.
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Old 10-04-2019, 06:31 PM
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My thoughts are: always stick with the same brand for pre and power amps. Yes, some mix and match just fine, but it's a crap shoot.
Would like to have valve somewhere in my system. The Parasound p6 is 2.1 which would help take some of the work off my speakers during movie playing.
Not sure about how good itís pre is.
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Old 10-05-2019, 12:50 PM
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Does your integrated have preamp out/amp in connections so you could try what you have with a tube preamp or tube power amp and see if any combination suits your needs and taste? I always liked using a tubed preamp in front of a solid state amp for the best of both worlds.

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Old 10-06-2019, 02:56 AM
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Does your integrated have preamp out/amp in connections so you could try what you have with a tube preamp or tube power amp and see if any combination suits your needs and taste? I always liked using a tubed preamp in front of a solid state amp for the best of both worlds.
Thanks for the suggestion, it did cross my mind to do
(The marantz does have pre amp direct jacks so l can plug a pre amp to it)
but then I still donít have the power l need.
Thatís the reason behind getting the Parasound.
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