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Anyone here paired Vincent amps with Magnepans? I'm currently feeding my 1.7is with an Emo XPA-2 Gen 2 which gives me great dynamics but I'm wondering if going to a Vincent amp like their SP-332 would sweeten things up. I might even stretch the budget to the SP-T700 monos but would like to get some feedback from anyone who has experience with Vincent gear.
Well I decided to give the Vincent SP-332 a try and ordered one from Audio Advisor today. I'll give an update after I've run it in for a few weeks as everything I've read on this and other Vincent amps, they need plenty of break in.
I have experience with both, what's your question? "sweeten things up" isn't much to go on.
What is your experience compared to other amps? Do the Vincent amps warm up the sound without decreasing detail and upper frequencies? Have you heard the SP332 with Magnepans and if so how big of a room was it in, which model speakers and did it drive them without strain?
A friend of mine who own's a audio shop in Germany uses Vincent mono's with 20's in his own home, and he has a lot to choose from, so you get the idea, but....... he also uses it for movies + home theatre at high levels, not really my thing, I'm more of a purist......... honest, uncolored music reproduction is the only thing I'm interested in, so when a company states on their site that they added tubes to "warm up the sound" I start to look elsewhere. They also classify their amps as "class A", but are actually A/B, with only the first 10 watts in class A.
If you go for Vincent's then at least go mono and get as much class A as you're willing to pay.
They do have a big mono block that puts out 600W in to 4ohms with 50 of it in Class A but I can't find it anywhere in the US. Interestingly it has no tubes. It's probably out of my price range anyway. Their SP-T700 monos are 10W of Class A but only have single ended inputs. I'm going to continue using the Emo XSP-1 preamp which is fully dual differential but only through it's balanced outs. So I'm leaning heavily towards giving their SP-332 stereo unit out because it has balanced inputs. If I don't like it I can always send it back to Audio Advisor after thirty days.
Amazon carries Vincent audio (or I should say distributes). If you have Amazon prime you can buy it and return it within 30 days. If you decide to keep it, for another $50 you can extend the warranty for an additional 3 years.
Audio Advisor gives you thirty days also. If I decide to try the Vincent stuff out I think I'd rather give an Audio company my business.
I would increase the resistor in your tweeter attenuator a small amount. Typically sweetness is a mid more midrange vs treble.
Good quality preamp & tone controls/DSP shaping can help as well. I think for a power amp for maggies, go with powerful solid state for reliability.
What else do you have in the audio chain?
Have you considered that changing your preamp might have a more significant positive effect than changing your power amp?
(Apologies if I have missed another post with this info.;^)
I have an Emotiva XSP-1 pre, which is a really good pre amp with some features that are hard to find with other pres.
I have heard the XSP1 Emotiva pre and compared it to a Ten Octave LP1 tube pre. For me, the LP1 produced better stereo music sound.
We may have different demands for our gear though. Those two pieces have completely different designs.
Good question, wondered that myself. Particularly the monos.
Pre ams ha ve to be sent back to Vincent to exchange tubes-info 3 yrs go after I nearly purchased their upscale model. Do not know about the amps.
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