Argonaut765

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  • in reply to: Best Integrated Amp for Adante AS-61? #14923

    Argonaut765
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    Four months after I asked this question here in the Elac Forum, I feel that I have resolved this/my dilemma. For me personally, the answer is to take a very good integrated amp and use it as a pre-amp with an excellent power amp. A few days ago, I purchased the Audio Alchemy DPA-1 amplifier(125wpc 8 ohms and 200wpc 4 ohms) which I connected with my current Cambridge Audio CXA80 integrated amp. After many hours of listening, I feel that I have finally found the combination that really makes the Adante AS-61 speakers perform, if not to their ultimate level, close enough for me! As good as the Adantes sounded with the Cambridge, I was immediately struck by the elevated sound quality with the DPA-1. Increased low level bass response, broader soundstage and beautiful imaging. The Alchemy amp simply supplies the power that these speakers demand. It’s funny to think back when I purchased these speakers in December, hooked them up to a good but basic Onkyo integrated amp(75wpc) and thought that they performed well. Little did I realize at the time what the Adantes could really sound like with the appropriate power amp! Anyway, I hope my experience might help others in combining these fine speakers with the components that best match their performance demands.

  • in reply to: Best Integrated Amp for Adante AS-61? #13131

    Argonaut765
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    I guess that no one else has attempted connecting the Adante AS-61 monitors with an integrated amp or maybe no one had any suggestions? Oh well, for anyone who might attempt this coupling, after reading many glowing reviews, I purchased the Cambridge Audio CXA80 integrated amp(80wpc into 8 ohms and 120wpc into 4 ohms). To my ears, this amp sounds great with the Adantes. I’m also using the Cambridge CXC cd transport and the Elac S10 Debut sub which I had from my previous system. Though I’m sure the new Adante sub is a higher quality component, the S10 compliments the AS-61s well enough for now. Maybe the Adante sub down the road. I would still be curious to hear from others who might power the Adantes with an integrated amp.

  • in reply to: Best Integrated Amp for Adante AS-61? #15922

    Argonaut765
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    Wow!! Nice system! As I’ve said in my previous posts, the addition of the Audio Alchemy amp transformed the sound of the AS-61s tremendously, for me at least. If Alchemy amps are good enough for Andrew Jones and Elac, they’re certainly good enough for me! Thanks for responding to my original post. I’ve been surprised that so few people have added their thoughts on the Adantes in the Elac forum? After 6 months of living with them, I couldn’t be more pleased with their performance. Enjoy your Adantes!!

  • in reply to: Best Integrated Amp for Adante AS-61? #14777

    Argonaut765
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    Hi-You said that you “next” tried the Naim with the Adantes. What amp or integrated amp did you try before the Naim and how does the Naim sound with the Adantes? Thanks.

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