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Vintage Kenwood Receivers KR5600 or KR5300 = either unit $250.
Kenwood Integrated KA-3500
Kenwood Tuner KT-413 = $250. together
NAD Amp. 912
NAD Pre. 1155
NAD Tuner- 4150 = $369 for the trio
NAD Stereo Receiver 705 = $150.
NAD AV Rec. T743= $130
NAD AV Rec.T763=$175.
Still have my eye on a Sansui 5000X that I saw. If I go AV Receiver it would replace my Nakamichi AV8. Otherwise the 2 channel would just supplement the existing system for music listening only..It will pair with my Signet SL260 speaks... Any suggestions?
I'm not sure what you are looking to spend but if you have nice speakers that are revealing and on the more accurate side,I would look for nice vintage vacuum tube unit because it will be much more satisfying in the long run.
"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong" H. L. Mencken
Agreed! My earlier suggestion of mating a Fisher 500C to those speakers was along the same thought path.
TWB, I have Signet LCR speakers similar to yours but larger. See the link, which is not my ad, only for reference. I have them in a bedroom with a flat screen in a 5-channel set up. The LCRs are the front three channels. I use a modest Dynaco matrix surround and a NAD 3020 integrated. I will say with concert videos and music programing it sounds pretty decent.
So while I'm not familiar with any of the specific components you suggest, the basic NAD sonic signature seems a good match with the Signets.
"The piano ain't got no wrong notes." Thelonious Monk
The KA-3500 is a sweet little amp with the signature Kenny sound. Back in the late 70's my brother and I visited our local sound shop "World of Sound" in Stuart Fl, he purchased the 3500, I left with the 7100, another sweet amp from Kenwood. Very similar presentation with the 7100 having more power it just had the edge driving my AR-12's back in the day.
Recently missing my old friend I went looking for another 7100, but ended up with the 7300 as I needed it's ability to separate the preamp section from the power amp portion. This was very fortuitous as the 7300 is also true dual mono throughout, the two channels only sharing a power cord. The Kenny sound was still there but just oh so sweet.
Like many of Kenwood's top units at that time the 7300 sports the Darlington output modules that are apparently unobtainium now, if a problem I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. For now I've just been enjoying the sweet music it produces for the last couple of yrs without a hiccup.
was dead. The repair tech and I searched the country for a replacement Darlington and finally found just one. We were told by the parts house that this one was the last one available from a parts house nation -wide. The filter caps and the one Darlington were replaced, and it has sat in a box ever since. It was for my son, but he has never had room for it in his small apartment.
That's a sweet little amp that needs to be making sweet music somewhere.
I never heard a SS amp outperform a quality tube amp. But, the best sounding SS amp I heard was a Sony STR-6060.
My fully upgraded and restored Marantz 250M can not only keep pace with my tube amp but at times I think it IS a tube amp playing.
I was never a big tubes vs SS guy because that is a taste issue. But personally I always did prefer tubes. However my Marantz 250M has changed my point of view a little. But it clearly is on a case by case basis.
The KA-3500 is a wonderful piece of audio
Only buy a AV receiver if you need it for HT.
"Only buy a AV receiver if you need it for HT."
AMEN! All too often, AV receiver = mass market guano. :> ((
FWIW, I look at the speakers people own to see how well they mate with tubed equipment. The OP's Signet SL280s have to be viewed as 4 Ω and 86 dB. sensitive, if they are connected to a tubed unit. Notice the minimum 4 Ω impedance, which mandates derating. Still, affordable equipment, like a Fisher 500C, will work quite well. What did Rosemary Clooney sing? "Comonna my house. I'm gonna give you everything." :> D
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