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In Reply to: RE: best matched amp for new (new to me) speakers posted by BCR on March 20, 2017 at 04:47:50
I was just wondering if bi-amping these would make a significant difference. These do sound a bit harsh in the higher frequencies. However as so many people have pointed out I probably need to get the receiver swapped out in favor of an integrated amp.
I used Proceed Amp 2s for years before switching to a Proceed HPA 2 and finally Parasound JC 1 monoblocks to drive a pair of KEF Reference 107/2s. I'm still using one of my Amp 2s (bought in the 80s from a Levinson dealer) in a secondary setup to drive a pair of LS50s while I await an Ayre VX-5 Twenty. Any harshness you hear should not be from the Proceed amp.
IMO, B&W's are on the bright side. What is your budget and what features do you need? Did you ever think about adding tubes into the mix? I don't think bi-amping would solve the problem.
$1000 max for budget. Need DAC w/ optical, coax, USB and preferably WiFi; analog inputs for SACD, FM tuner, etc. Something at least 150WPC at 4 ohms. I just read up on the NAD C368 & C388, and the latter could work, but stretches the budget unless I can find one used.
You might want to look at the review of the Classe Sigma 2200i in the current issue of Stereophile, beginning on page 169, in which Tom Norton compares the sound of the 2200i with that of his Proceed Amp 5. He preferred the sound with his combination of a Marantz AV8802a and Amp 5.
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