I hope I can draw on the wealth of knowledge here to help me select a new amplifier
I recently became the proud owner of some new B&W 707 S2 speakers. I only have a fairly modest system in a smallish room at the moment, but these speakers have been a revelation!
Currently they are being driven by a Cambridge Audio A500RC (65wpc) amplifier. This is a good budget amp that has been with me for at least 15 years. I use Ropiee and a IQAUDIO Dac-Pro HAT as my Roon end point (I also have a Digi+ HAT available as well). It sounds pretty good to me, but I can’t help feeling that it is time to upgrade the amp to match the new speakers better.
I dont really want anything less than the 65wpc of the A500 and I’d like a digital input too, but that is not mandatory. With that in mind I have been considering the following integrated amps as direct replacement for the A500;
- NAD C368
- Rega Elex-R
- Arcam SA 20
- Audiolab 8300A
I havent auditioned all of these yet, but I have heard the SA20 and Elex-R and they are both very good. I really need to hear them all through my speakers though.
If anyone has a view on any of these amps, or can suggest others I should be considering then I’d be very grateful to hear your advice
My budget is in the range £600 - £1000 and I would consider second hand for the right amp.