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Retro Stereo
01-10-2006, 05:58 PM
I think we've all seen enough "receiver" threads and questions to last us a couple of years, so let's get down to the REAL "meat and potatoes" gear!

My favorite Integrated Amps - I own one of each of these, big surprise here:

Pioneer SA-9800
Pioneer SA-9500
Pioneer SA-8500II
Pioneer SA-8500
Pioneer SA-9100

Everybody add pictures if you got them. Mine will be added later.



Retro

Unican_Eric
01-10-2006, 06:10 PM
I guess I should have read a little further. I have 3 favorites.

1. SA-9100
2. SA-8100
3. SA-7500.....Out getting an overhaul at the moment.

Pics will be posted at a later date. As I want to get all 3 in one shot. Besides if anyone has read any of my threads they will have seen them already. :)

M Jarve
01-10-2006, 06:14 PM
Mine are the harman/kardon A402 and the Onkyo A7. But understated and elegant, not to mention incredible sounding.

Brian
01-10-2006, 06:19 PM
Definites:
Dyna SCA35
Sherwood S5000II
Mattes SP200
McIntosh MA5100, MA6100
Marantz 1060

Suspects:
McIntosh MA6950
Marantz 1200
Sony TA-1130

Lefty
01-10-2006, 06:22 PM
Yamaha CA-2010. So far no other vintage IA has tempted me to change.

Lefty

crexrun
01-10-2006, 06:22 PM
I'll take my JVC AX-Z911 on the basis that no one else has one. It is the best sounding amplifier on earth, and no one can prove me wrong! :banana:

Seriously, it does sound excellent, and the fact that it was made in 1988, and has digital inputs, including optical, boggles my mind. Power is rated at 100wpc, it consumes 550. It's a tank, it weighs around 40 pounds, I need to get in on a scale. It's got a thick aluminum front, remote, and a super cool holographic display in the front. It retailed for $1,100 in 88, (thanks Bolly) so I think that speaks something of it's quality. I wish I could find someone else who had one. Power is clean to the point it drives you out of the room, and that was before I got these big Klipschs. I wish I had more to add to the list, but I'm only 27, I just got started! Crexrun

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c326/Crexrun/IM002165.jpg

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c326/Crexrun/IM002156.jpg

sorry for the poor pics, the flash made it look horrible, it's actually in excellent shape, minus the dust and fingerprints.

Nat
01-10-2006, 06:28 PM
I had a Pioneer SA 9500. It replaced a Rotel RA 810, and it certainly looked cooler, and I suppose it had more power, but I can't say it sounded any better. So I guess its not a favorite. Whereas the Rotel's charm lingers...
My father had a Sherwood tube integrated -- don't remember the model, but it was one of the gold and ivory ones with multicolored lights -- wonderful sounding.
I also had a Marantz 1060, which had to be repaired before I could use it (so maybe some magic got let out or something). I never stopped fussing with the controls, which is one sign of not being satisfied...

bolly
01-10-2006, 06:36 PM
crexrun, I'm 99% positive a friend of mine has the same JVC as yours(his is in protect, or only works on one side), don't know for sure. Haven't spoken to him in awhile but if I run into him I'll ask if he still has her.

Cloth Ears
01-10-2006, 06:44 PM
Sansui AU-X1, but I'm willing to trade it in on the one pictured in Retro Stereo's avatar (looks like it has a great bottom end :D )

crexrun
01-10-2006, 06:48 PM
Thanks Bolly, I'd be interested in another one, just because. thanks for the info on this one, It's the only hard numbers I've seen! Thanks, Crexrun

Yamaha B-2
01-10-2006, 06:50 PM
Not really vintage, but nothing I've ever heard can beat the Sony TA-F808ES MOSFET integrated amp. Has everything, including terrific sound.

For true vintage, I'll take the Yamaha CA-2010, especially after EW does a refurbishment of same. BGs in phono-stage were magic.

And, just gotta include the Sony TA-5650 VFET integrated which sounds oh so sweet after EWs magic.

Almost forgot about the McIntosh MA-6800. Nice looking and nice sounding integrated.

Inspiribomb
01-10-2006, 06:52 PM
Now that I have experienced it, the Kenwood Model 600/650. Hands down the best looking integrated I've ever seen and its got the sound to match. I really liked my Pioneer SA-9500, but it just can't compete. EDIT - Forgot the pic, although you likely saw it in the other thread about it...

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y278/Inspiribomb/Model650Angle2.jpg

Hilltroll67
01-10-2006, 06:57 PM
Sansui Au-710(717). It has MANLY looks and controls, sounds fine, and takes muscle to move around. Aarughh.

Bob

yamahammer
01-10-2006, 07:06 PM
had a yammie a-1020 i liked and A-1 yammie a early pioneer long time ago Inspiribomb your kenwood is a beauty

motorstereo
01-10-2006, 07:15 PM
Mine has to be my sansui au9500. Lots of inputs, and plenty of knobs and switches to play around with. Also is nice to look at and last but not least it has that glorious sansui sound.

mhardy6647
01-10-2006, 07:16 PM
My two favorites, based on experience are the Yamaha CA-610II and the EICO HF-81. There are others I might lust after, but I own these two and am very fond of both.

cableguy
01-10-2006, 07:23 PM
Right now I'm loving my Yamaha CA 600. I have it hooked up to a pair of KLH 6's and it performs just flawlessly. I have a Pioneer SA 8500 that I really like as well, and I just bought a Kenwood KA 5700 that I haven't auditioned yet. Still it's hard to imagine it getting any better than the Yamaha.... :scratch2:
Peace

DanTana
01-10-2006, 07:30 PM
My favorite is Retro's avatar....damn!!!!! Seriously, probably the KA-9100 followed closely by the Saba MT-201 with C core transformer. If you can find one cheap, grab it, full of high quality components too, like Wima capacitors.

mhardy6647
01-10-2006, 07:34 PM
exactly what is on the lass's... umm... cheeks in Retro's avatar? (dare I ask...?)

BeerCan
01-10-2006, 07:41 PM
In no particular order
pioneer sa-9800
pioneer sa-8100
scott lk-48

Jon S
01-10-2006, 07:41 PM
I also vote for the Sony TA-F808ES MOS-FET integrated amp (100wpc). Never heard an amp sound as smooth as this one. My second choice would be the Sony TA-8650 V-FET Integrated amp (80wpc).

Sansui Louie
01-10-2006, 07:53 PM
Sansui AU-999. I've owned mine since vintage wasn't vintage (except for a few year hiatus when I lent it to a friend)

From www.sansui.us:

http://www.sansui.us/images/AU999_00015.jpg
http://www.sansui.us/images/MySansui/Aaron/AU999_Aaron_02.jpg

Bigerik
01-10-2006, 08:03 PM
Two come to mind that come head and shoulders over all the other integrated's I have heard:
1) Accuphase E-202. Almost shockingly good sounding. This beast single handedly brought me back from the world of tubes. Beautiful too, and you gotta love those meters. Build quality is second to none. What do you expect from a hand made, high end Japanese piece from the 70's?
2) Sansui AU-D11ii. Not the original D11, but the second one. Doesn't hold a candle to Accuphase on looks, but sounds just amazingly good.

Oh, and then there is that which I lust over. The finest sounding amp of any kind that I have ever heard, the YBA Integre. Just happens to be integrated, but it is a god in the world of amps. WOW!

Erik

pmsummer
01-10-2006, 08:30 PM
McIntosh MA-6100.
http://i16.ebayimg.com/01/i/05/e5/ca/cf_1.JPG

bozak ron
01-10-2006, 08:52 PM
I'm with Motorstereo. My Sansui AU-9500, which I bought new back in 1974, has been and still is a fabulous integrated amp that is near indestructible. Plus I love the black look. Another worthy integrated is the Sansui AU-717.

AK 47
01-10-2006, 08:53 PM
My Technics 8600

Franksta
01-10-2006, 09:49 PM
I go with the Harman Kardon HK-402. I have two hooked up to stacked Advents. One amp for each pair. The top one works as the control for both. Twin amps with twin power supplies to twin Original Advents. Nice sound! Plenty of inputs....two of everything- 2 phonos-2 tape decks-2 auxillary! Preamp out/main in jacks. Great HK sound! The same amp section as a HK-730 receiver. Works well with the matching HK-403 tuner. I also liked the Pioneer 8100 I had for a while. I am sure the 9100 is even more special! Best! Franksta

bully
01-10-2006, 10:02 PM
Ahhh, the stepchild of audio--the integrated amp!
I have had two. The first, bought new, was the Pioneer SA-9100, a true sweetheart with a solid, gutsy 60 wpc.
The other one shares the model number, but is a Kenwood, the KA-9100, a ballsy great-sounding 90 wpc monster of an amp.

doucanoe
01-10-2006, 10:08 PM
Retro, Im not sure about what my favorite integrated amp would be although my KA-9100 is sounding and looking good. Im much more of a tube guy so I would have to say that my old Sonic Frontiers tube integrated was the most memorable.

Really what I wanted to say was that your are killing me with your new avatar. Im following your threads just to see it pop up, so to speak. :D


RC

DKak
01-10-2006, 10:27 PM
I vote for the Philips DFA-1000. 150 wpc in Class AB, but it can be switched to run in pure Class A with a 25 wpc rating (via a switch on the back). It probably weighs 60 lbs. Has a remote, too.

It has both analog and digital inputs (has an onboard dac with Philips' then top-line 1541 super-duper hand picked and trimmed chips).

Massive toroid transformer, Nichicon Muse series caps throughout much of it and overall superb construction. I'll have to pull it out again someday to look closer at other neat stuff inside it. Cosmetically the CD-80 matched it.

Great product!

hakka26
01-10-2006, 10:33 PM
My only personal experience are a Marantz 1060 and a Sherwood 5000II. Both are fun.

thedelihaus
01-11-2006, 12:23 AM
I like the humble 30wpc Marantz 1060. The nicest thing about the 1060 to me is the phono section. But personally I find it quirky otherwise. I like my Kenwood 5700, a 40wpc unit, it runs clean anywhere on the volume dial, and for most tapes, cds and radio broadcasts I'm plenty happy with it but can't always get the sound I want from the phono section. I've also got a baby Sansui 317 (single power supply) I enjoy very much, this model and its bigger brothers have a great phono subsonic filter.

There's bigger Kenwoods in my particular model lineup offering more power (6100, 7100, 8100 and 9100) and with the 6100-up a dual power supply, and the Sansui can be upgraded to beefier,dual power units with the 417, 517 and 717 for a little more than a 317 goes for. However, being an apartment dweller in the city until recently, anything bigger than what I've got would really get the room-mates and dreaded upstairs and downstairs neighbors displeased.

All 3 are different sounding, I enjoy the variety.

sandawa
01-11-2006, 02:24 AM
i got two favorites: the original Sansui Alpha 907 (1987), and its younger brother, the Alpha 907 i-Mos Limited (1988).

http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/1171/1alpha9zl.th.jpg (http://img232.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1alpha9zl.jpg) http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/5748/10013293rx.th.jpg (http://img232.imageshack.us/my.php?image=10013293rx.jpg)

Danamc
01-11-2006, 07:45 AM
Another vote for the Accuphase E-202. Rich, tubey sound, and built like a tank. :music: Sorry I sold it a couple years ago in the move to vintage separates in the tuner rack. :tears:

At present I use a very nice EW mod'd Kenny KA-7300 in my office. Very quick, solid-state sound, but not in the same league as the E-202.

Ain't this fun?

Dana

OvenMaster
01-11-2006, 08:00 AM
A tossup: my Yamaha CA-1010 at 100wpc or the Kenwood KA-3500 at 40wpc. Two beautiful and bulletproof performers that effortlessly make my baby KEFs sing. :sing:
Tom

packrat
01-11-2006, 08:41 AM
I also put in my vote for the CA-1010. I'm always tempted to upgrade to the 2010, but the 1010 is proven to work into 4 ohms or less, and I have one so why change.

I also like my Kenwood KA-8006 - a little underdog not having dual power supplies and only 70 wpc, but it's soooo well built. It also fits nicely onto a 12 inch deep shelf. A little jewel in my eyes.

There are many others out there I haven't seen or heard that I would like to try, but these are the two I searched for and bought.

waylyn5945
01-11-2006, 10:22 AM
One of these days I'm going to buy a digital camera so I can post but here are a couple of links to the Marantz PM-94.
http://www.quarter-a.netfirms.com/pm-94_oak.htm
http://www.hi-fiworld.co.uk/hfw/oldeworldehtml/marantzpm94.html
The Marantz is a beauty:
140 watts into 8 ohms
35 watts class A
MOSFET output
all copper lined

I'm using one set of outputs to push HPM900s and the other to Polk Monitor 10Bs. I run both at the same time - no problem at all. :thmbsp:

The Onkyo A-8190 is a good amp but not of the same quality as the Marantz.

packrat
01-11-2006, 10:27 AM
lets not discuss the gear from the 80's here, at least not until I've bought up the stuff I want. nudge-nudge-wink-wink :naughty: say-no-more....

Strangeband
01-11-2006, 02:08 PM
I've only owned one, a stout Sansui AU 717 which powers my main listening set up with ample amounts of clean power and which looks like Darth Vader designed it---all black and mean looking.

hifi_nut
01-11-2006, 02:14 PM
The Kenwood KA-907 I bought in 1982 and owned for several years. Never heard a better one, though people tell me it was beaten by the earlier KA-600 / 650.
Jorge

foetusized
01-11-2006, 02:21 PM
I'm still waiting to get my two big Pioneer integrated amps (SA-9800 & A-27) down to Knoxville for repair, so I'm not sure which is my favorite yet. No photos here at work; I'll try to post some of the big boys later.

alwayslooking
01-11-2006, 02:36 PM
My Pioneer A-90 which is what caused me to sell my Technics SA-600 receiver which I had for 25 years. Now if I could just get everyone out of the house so I can put on some Wishbone Ash and crank.........

Whitehall
01-11-2006, 03:55 PM
I'm going to cast another vote for the Marantz 1060.

Decent sound, great looks, and plenty of control features.

Plus, the symmetry of the controls is very graceful so its one great looking piece in its oiled walnut cabinet.

While not vintage, Audio Research makes some very nice 100 wpc tube amps that would be my ideal, should I find the money.

oldtubes
01-11-2006, 05:05 PM
My only integrated amp is a Luxman L-450. It is a very nice sounding 55 watt amp.

bolly
01-11-2006, 05:16 PM
KA-9150, with matching tuner KT-7550

pmsummer
01-11-2006, 05:39 PM
http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9205/aiwaa607bq.jpg

Another favorite is my trusty little Aiwa A60 from 1981. 30 wpc, good sounding, small powerhouse.

speidi1
01-11-2006, 07:11 PM
Cambridge Audio A500. I use the pre-outs to run the Tandberg on the bottom. The Tanderg (150 wpc) drives a pair of Focal JMLab Chorus 714S's. Right now I'm listening to the North Mississippi All Stars 'Electric Blue Watermelon' CD.

I picked up that Mitsubishi tuner at Goodwill for a pittance.

Pay no attention to the jumble of wires.

I'm looking for a preamp... maybe tubes.

wualta
01-11-2006, 07:15 PM
Gotta be the Sony TA-5650 VFET integrated. Unobtanium output devices, but goes down smooth. Partial vindication for those of us who understand the tube fascination but absolutely refuse to give up on transistors.

johndoe3
01-11-2006, 07:58 PM
Well, I guess my favs are the Accuphase E-202 and Kenwood 600. Both built like tanks.
But I also like the Yamaha CA-2010, Akai AM-2950, Pioneer SA-9900, Onkyo A-10, and Sansui AU-9900A. The Kenwood KA-9100 is also one of my favorites. Love them meters!

johndoe3
01-11-2006, 08:02 PM
Boy, my picture taking skills are terrible. Here's a couple more favorites :D

gkarelitsky
01-11-2006, 08:19 PM
Luxman L-580.

MikeO
01-11-2006, 10:09 PM
Add another vote for the Accuphase E-202.

SPL db
01-11-2006, 10:39 PM
I second the vote for the Kenwood 600 series of IAs! :banana:

Scott

reyneman
01-12-2006, 10:29 AM
Why'd you put this in vintage?

OK, I'm an integrated type of guy- all of my systems are based on them. I believe they offer great musical value, with a pre section perfectly matched to the amp section (well designed ones anyway :) ). Have to admit I've also heard some really atrocious sounding integrateds (as in all things...)

In the vintage realm, I always had a fondness for Yamaha integrateds.

In modern equipment, I'll give my opinions when I post my Blue Circle review.

packrat
01-12-2006, 11:24 AM
Well, I guess my favs are the Accuphase E-202 and Kenwood 600. Both built like tanks.
But I also like the Yamaha CA-2010, Akai AM-2950, Pioneer SA-9900, Onkyo A-10, and Sansui AU-9900A. The Kenwood KA-9100 is also one of my favorites. Love them meters!

I'd love to have your collection! Very nice top end units only it seems.

That Akai looks interesting. I have several of the AM-2600s (60wpc) and I think they are as well built inside as most other brands of the time, except that the lettering is not very good. (All 3 still have DC offsets under 15mV). The 80wpc 2800 was the TOTL above it, but I've never seen the 2950. The styling is certainly different. Wpc? weight? another picture?

siamac
01-12-2006, 02:42 PM
There a lot of nice Amps build, Sansui AU-X1, every Accuphase integrated Amps, McIntosh ....
I stay by Pioneer Vintage :D My Ranking:

1. Pioneer A-90 :tears: don´t have it
1. Pioneer A-27 :smoke:
3. Pioneer SA-9800 :smoke: left USA yesterday to me :D
4. Pioneer SA-9900 :smoke: build like a tank, evergreen
5. Pioneer SA-9100 :smoke: the same nice wood as Pioneer Recievers

http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/548/a27x18zg.jpg

johndoe3
01-12-2006, 10:24 PM
I'd love to have your collection! Very nice top end units only it seems.

That Akai looks interesting. I have several of the AM-2600s (60wpc) and I think they are as well built inside as most other brands of the time, except that the lettering is not very good. (All 3 still have DC offsets under 15mV). The 80wpc 2800 was the TOTL above it, but I've never seen the 2950. The styling is certainly different. Wpc? weight? another picture?

Packrat, I don't know too much about this 2950 Akai, spec-wise, that is. None of my reference materials list this amp either. I believe this amp originally came out of Canada, so I was hoping someone in the Great North could help me out with some facts/specs on this bad-boy. It's about the same weight as my KA-9100 and built just as well. The tech said it was pumping out over 120 wpc on the bench when he tested it. I will try to take another pic, but as you can see, I'm not very good with the digital camera.

To round out the collection of Integrated amps, I would like to find a nice Rotel RA-1412. Then perhaps, to find another Luxman L-100 which I should never have sold in the first place.

Bogframe
01-13-2006, 11:19 AM
I'm rather fond of my "new" Pioneer SA8800 at the bottom of my "short stack"
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a315/Bogframe/P1010014.jpg

cableguy
01-13-2006, 12:11 PM
I'd love to give this a listen.........(one that is running :scratch2: )
http://cgi.ebay.com/Sansui-AU-20000-Integrated-Amplifier-X-Rare-Monster-NR_W0QQitemZ5853257756QQcategoryZ73369QQrdZ1QQcmdZ ViewItem#ebayphotohosting

what a beast..

tcdriver
01-13-2006, 12:18 PM
My daily driver is the Heathkit AA-29.

Another favorite is my Kenwood KA-6000i.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k206/xtcdriver/KenwoodKA-6000.jpg

onwardjames
01-13-2006, 02:50 PM
Yet another vote for my replacement Sansui AU-G99X. First one has output problems, and I've spoken to EW about a full overhaul, only cash is light these days, so I got a beat-up replacement off epay. Phono quickly died, so I've got a ratshack 3 channel mixer for that, and other than being rather beat up, sounds as good as my original. Serial #'s are within a month of one another. One day, EW, one day......

I know many do not like the AU-G99X, but 160 wpc, and hardly ever any need for adjustment makes it one of my faves.

Jupiter1610
01-13-2006, 10:39 PM
My five most lusted after integrated amps-

1) McIntosh MA6200 (best looking Mac integrated ever!)
2) Sansui AU-20000
3) Kenwood 600
4) Accuphase E-202
5) Sansui AU-9500 (I know, not exactly in the same class as the ones above but I have always a desire to use one of these)

siamac
01-14-2006, 08:56 AM
Packrat, I don't know too much about this 2950 Akai, spec-wise, that is. None of my reference materials list this amp either. I believe this amp originally came out of Canada, so I was hoping someone in the Great North could help me out with some facts/specs on this bad-boy. It's about the same weight as my KA-9100 and built just as well. The tech said it was pumping out over 120 wpc on the bench when he tested it. I will try to take another pic, but as you can see, I'm not very good with the digital camera.

To round out the collection of Integrated amps, I would like to find a nice Rotel RA-1412. Then perhaps, to find another Luxman L-100 which I should never have sold in the first place.

Here my AKAI AM-2950 above Pioneer A-27


http://img317.imageshack.us/img317/4319/am295039xx.jpg

agger
01-14-2006, 11:25 AM
Siamac, what do you do with a AKAI amp :nono: this is no Pioneer :nono: :nono: :nono: :D
Or did you get it for free?

johndoe3
01-14-2006, 12:26 PM
Good pic Siamac! Thanks
How do you like that Akai?

packrat
01-14-2006, 12:40 PM
Here my AKAI AM-2950 above Pioneer A-27


http://img317.imageshack.us/img317/4319/am295039xx.jpg

I'm sure you prefer the A-27, but the Akai does look pretty good up there too. Certainly a big step above the AM2600/2800 series.

Yes, what are you doing with it when you have almost everything great made by Pioneer?

Is the Akai dual mono, or Mosfet?

rhinofly
02-12-2006, 11:59 PM
Currently I only have two integrated amps.

Kenwood 600 (craigslist $190, 8/10 condition)
Pioneer A91D (craigslist $100, 9/10 condition)

Both of these are great amps. The only trouble with these is they are HUGE and weigh a TON. The A91D weighs 66lbs!

I had a Kenny KA-9100 which is a rockin good amp...but I sold it when I got the 600.

There are any number of integrated amps I would like to take home and try out: Portal Panache, YBA Integre, Creek, Musical Fidelity A5 or 308, Pioneer A-27, Any Accuphase or Mcintosh integrated. The are lots of new good ones.

As a permanent member of the vintage collection Id like to get a good deal on a Luxman L-530.

Zinker
02-13-2006, 12:19 AM
Would have to be the only one I have ever owned...


SA-9800 :thmbsp:



:banana: Hello to all!!!! That banana cracks me up!!!!

gyusher
02-13-2006, 04:28 AM
From only my experience. . . Never found one I didn't like. . .

1)- Kenwood KA-3300SD
2)- Pioneer SA-9100
3)- Kenwood KA-9100
4)- Kenwood SA-7500 (not the II model)
5)- KA-1100SD

mr marantz
02-13-2006, 06:27 AM
The best sounding integrated i have had my hands on is the Marantz 1200B.

Absolute beauty!!

The 1180DC is allso a very nice amp and compared it with a Accuphase E-202.

I have to say i expected more from the E-202 so that says it all.

Unda Maris
02-13-2006, 07:05 AM
My favorite is the SONY TA-F80

which is actually a TA-E86B preamplifier and a TA-N86B power amplifier
integrated into one package without compromise (!)

They even improved the phono stage, which is SONY´s best and
added a nice heapipe cooling system.
Late 70ies high tech meets incredible good sound, a unique amplifier !

See also:

http://www.thevintageknob.org/SONY/sonyvault/TAF80/TAF80.html#

reggaenaut
02-13-2006, 08:11 AM
Au919 Sansui:one of the finest sounding integrated ever built.

siamac
02-13-2006, 06:35 PM
Siamac, what do you do with a AKAI amp :nono: this is no Pioneer :nono: :nono: :nono: :D
Or did you get it for free?

I have some Akai R´t´Rs : GX-400D, GX-650D, GX-635D, X-330 as well as the catalogs from those years.

I saw it in 1980 catalogue. The Akai AM-2950 is very rare and it is nice to have the possibility to compare it with the big Pioneers ( SA-9900, SA-9800, A-27, A-80 ...)

In the Moment it is not working, because I killed something, when I wanted to fix the lights for the VU-Metres and Volumecontrol :thumbsdn:

SixCats!
02-13-2006, 07:35 PM
Hi all,

Wow...I had no idea that so many AK'ers are ACCUPHASE E-202 owners!
Well...I have no doubt that once my E-202 is repaired/updated it will (once again) be my favorite (Solid State) Integrated Amp. I also own a MARANTZ 1060 Integrated Amp. I find it to be a nice little Amp. I am currently using the 1060 with my JBL 4311B Control Monitors until I can get back into Tubes. Heck, the 1060 cost me about $25.00 at the Goodwill a couple of years ago. Geezee...I bet that the Wood Case alone would cost several times the price I paid for the entire unit. I also have a NAD C-350 that has served me well. I would like to hear a H/K and a SANSUI Integrated Amp as I have enjoyed their Receivers.

Regards,
SixCats!

lordfoo
02-15-2006, 06:06 AM
I lust for a lot of integrated amps but I only have the following integrated amps:

yamaha ca1000
Luxman L400
Luxman L3
Sansui AUD707Xdecade, AUD707GExtra
Sony VFET TA5650, 4650.

Of these my favourite is the Sony VFET TA5650 followed next by the aud707xdecade.

bjarmson
02-15-2006, 08:54 PM
Love my Kenwood 600. Have a Kenwood KA-9100 running my office system and a Pioneer SA-8800 in my sunroom (although the left channel is going wonky, currently running it mono). Presently stored and needing repair is a Yamaha CA-1000 (power switch doesn't turn it off), a Sony TA-5650 (picked it up cheap, have yet to repair—hope it has bad diodes and not fried VFETs), and a Denon PMA-757 (cheap buy, bad left channel). My first serious piece of audio equipment was a Dynaco SCA-80Q (which I still have and was using in my office system till last fall—still works fine). About six years ago I decided to try a Carver "The Receiver" as my main unit, I switched it out with the Kenwood KA-9100 last fall and the 9100 blew it away (and persuaded me to get a 600). I've always loved integrated amps. They'll be running my systems forever (or till I die, whatever comes first).

bjarmson

daddydlb
02-15-2006, 09:32 PM
I really like the Yamaha CA-810. Need to get a Pioneer and Kenwood to compare to.

Negotiableterms
02-15-2006, 09:39 PM
Vintage: Accuphase E-202
New: McIntosh MA-6900

I'd rather have the Mc, but the 202 is a great amp. Old, they need a complete refurb from EW to work well.

scubaguy10
04-03-2006, 10:13 AM
This past weekend I purchased my first ever integrated amp- a Marantz 1060. I would definately give this my unqualified vote. The build quality is really excellent, and the sound is a vast inprovement over the old Fisher receiver I was using in my bedroom system. I'm using a Dual 1226 table, and running a pristine pair of Large Advents. Listened to the Red Hot Ray Brown Trio this morning before work. This system, purchased from a vintage dealer and in perfect shape, cost me less than $300.00, and represents the kind of value vintage hi fi can provide.

Brian
04-03-2006, 11:23 AM
The Advents and 1060 was a classic pairing for systems back then. They pair had synergy and represented sound that you had to really shell out lots of money for to do significanly better. Add a nice Marantz tuner and say a restored Advent 201 and you'll realize why a lot of New Englanders were swapping in their tube gear and reel to reels back then.

r-l-b
01-24-2007, 05:32 PM
Sansui AU 555 a - with efficient speakers - very sweet - nice - warm
Quad 33/303 - as above just a little more firm
Revox B750 MK II - no nonsens - neutral with out being analyzing tiresome

sansui9090
01-24-2007, 06:10 PM
My Favorite Integrated Amps.
Sansui AU-X1 (now not working :tears: )
Sansui AUD11ii
Luxman L-580

Cheers!
Mark

wajobu
01-24-2007, 06:23 PM
Yamaha A-1 (excellent industrial design http://audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=27986&d=1161035811 & http://audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=36530&d=1168810090 )
Yamaha CA-810 (trusty companion for almost 30 years)
Yamaha CA-2010 (a powerful yet delicate beast)
Yamaha CA-1000 (one of the sweetest sounding of all Yamaha integrated amps)

bastek
01-24-2007, 06:39 PM
Two great integrated amps of the late '80's:
JVC Super Digifine Reference AX-Z911, sold to a friend a few days ago.
Onkyo Grand Integra A-G10, this one is a keeper i guess forever.

jimfet
01-24-2007, 06:55 PM
I had a couple realistic 25 wpc amps one time stacked on each other. They were OK. Had a Pioneer sa 9900 110 wpc hook to a pair of Altec 19's loved that amp. I replaced it with a spec 1 and 4 and like the 9900 better. Seemed to have more head room.

Sluggo
01-24-2007, 07:15 PM
but my honorable mentions are the only two I own
and have spent enough time listening to ,to comment
but one is my PIONEER A-9,110 watts per channel
and the other is a NAD 3140,rated at 40 watts per
with alot of Dynamic headroom!
man,wish I could post some pics,all I can use is my Avitar-Sluggo.

ejman
01-24-2007, 07:48 PM
Best I've owned:
Marantz 1200 - powerful, sweet, works well with 4 ohm speakers
Creek 4330 - only 40 w/ch but seems to have a lot of current and just never runs out of juice. Really clear punchy sound
Yamaha CA610 II - great sound I always regreted selling this one

Worst: Dynaco SCA-80 - really nasty - probably a reflection of the kit builder.

reggaenaut
01-24-2007, 07:54 PM
Sansui au 919.

roseskunk
01-24-2007, 08:03 PM
my vote goes to my sansui au-719. it's my main office rig and i love the sound and the looks. i'm lusting after an au-9500 because it looks like a bad ass, and i think i'll be done with all this silliness once i get a mc-6900. :yes:

JBN
01-24-2007, 08:11 PM
37545 this is one of my fav int amps. The other is the naim nait 5i which i have yet to purchase.......

Jon S
01-24-2007, 08:29 PM
My favorites are:
1. Sony TA-F808ES MOS-FET Integrated amp
2. Sony TA-8650 V-FET Integrated amp
3. Yamaha CA-2010 Integrated amp
http://audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=1953&d=1133743963
http://audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=1954&d=1133743963
http://audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=1955&d=1133743963

All of them are relatively low powered (80-100wpc) but weigh a ton. Sounds real smooth. Too bad they don't make this kind of stuff any more...

gullaz
02-16-2007, 04:45 PM
My vote goes to my luxman L58-a, bought 25 years ago, still my favourite.
I also like my yamaha A-1 and my recent acquisition:a sansui 717.

Mark W.
02-16-2007, 06:38 PM
A real quick scan of this thread seams to show a number of guys with large collections mentioning the Pioneer SA-9100 (which is also my choice My second one is being recapped as I type this)

And the Marantz 1060 an amp I also have bought along with a 105 tuner for just $25.00 at a yard sale.

Yamaha B-2
02-16-2007, 06:53 PM
My favorites are:
1. Sony TA-F808ES MOS-FET Integrated amp
2. Sony TA-8650 V-FET Integrated amp
3. Yamaha CA-2010 Integrated amp
All of them are relatively low powered (80-100wpc) but weigh a ton. Sounds real smooth. Too bad they don't make this kind of stuff any more...Absolutely!! :banana: Also my fav's, in that order (am assuming that I would like the TA-8650 as much as I like the TA-5650 and TAE-8450/TAN-8550 combo's). The VFETs are so musical. The TA-F808ES is a MOSFET output and is simply sublime. If ever forced to downsize, that is where I'll go.

However, I would say that there are a few excellent integrateds still being made. The BAT, Mark Levinson and Musical Fidelity pieces being three that I can think of. On a value basis, can't touch these mentioned, but certainly very nice.

Edit: The times have changed. The Yamaha A-2000 that I am currently listening to now sits at the top of my list. Here 'tis with the matching CDX-1120 sitting on top.

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n301/gpdavis2/A-2000CDX-1120Stack.jpg

Urizen
02-16-2007, 06:58 PM
Of what I have owned so far, from best to "worst":

Kenwood KA-9150
Kenwood KA-5700
NAD 310

Gigapod
02-16-2007, 10:10 PM
My now lost-in-movings Yamaha CA-1010. :tears:

johnda
02-16-2007, 10:28 PM
I have my vote for the Dynaco SCA-35 if you have efficient speakers and my Kenwood KA-6100 integrated amp. There is nothing not to like there!

Vitopanch
02-16-2007, 10:43 PM
I have three HH Scott's that I like better than any others that I have owned. They are Scott A406, Scott A426 and Scott A480A. Nice looks, nice sound and never cause any troubles.

Vito

lorne
02-17-2007, 12:34 AM
I can only speak to the ones I own: in no particular order due to a lot of factors —

Pioneer SA-8900 (Japanese) = SA-8500
Pioneer A-717
AR - The original AU model c.'68-'72 (?)

And I have some cool Sansuis that I hold onto as well

onepixel
02-17-2007, 01:47 AM
Marantz 4140
Sansui AU-DII

EricC
02-17-2007, 09:32 AM
I only have a CA-1000 and a SA-9900. I enjoy the CA-1000 more because of its class A.

legal eagle
04-21-2007, 03:18 PM
Mine has to be my sansui au9500. Lots of inputs, and plenty of knobs and switches to play around with. Also is nice to look at and last but not least it has that glorious sansui sound.

The AU-9500 is indeed a killer IA. It sounds amazing, and actually all that was said in the quote above summs it all.

If I may add two surprise nominees - the Sansui AU-4004 and the Technics SU-8600:
The AU-4004 is quite a different little IA: It dates back to the early-mid 70's, but its design is timeless, and unmistakable: at a time when all Sansuis were black, the 4004 is brushed silver Aluminum. I accomodates three (3) speaker pairs, and if I remember correctly can be used as a preamp (I use mine as an IA, but the possibility is there, and now I am curious what it would sound like as a preamp with a seperate amp). The sound is clean and round.


The Technics SU-8600, unlike the AU-4004, is a big brute - it can alsi serve as a preamp, but there's no need for that: where the AU-4004 has some punch to it, but no real power, the 8600 will break the furniture in your house, and set the tornado alarms on. Technics hit a homerun with this one, which is very very rare - and came in both gray and silver face. The gray came as a rack version, and the silver version came with a wood trim - mine is the silver one, and I think it looks better. The 8600 has the most comfortable and pleasent feeling knobs I ever experienced - the voliume dial is, well, ahmm, sensual.

junkaudio
04-21-2007, 04:19 PM
mcintosh ma 230 not to expensive with allot of fun in listening

jim w.
04-22-2007, 11:21 AM
ok,,, if i tell you promise please not to laugh??

well if you do oh well!!!
the one im running rite now is a fisher ca-880
i love the sound of this one she really does sing
nice. well thats my intgrated amp sorry

lorne
04-24-2007, 07:21 AM
If I may add two surprise nominees - the Sansui AU-4004 and the Technics SU-8600: I found the sister amp to your SU-8600 here in Sendai, Japan — an SU-8500. Very close to the same amp, but less output power. It is generically similar to a lot of Japanese amps of the period, but a cut above in build quality — and that is worth a remark in itself. I've been intrigued since I pulled the hood off, and I intend to rebuild this one. Currently it is not working and is minus a power cord. But is is otherwise clean and orderly — for the equivalent of about $1.00 U.S.! Tell us HOW YOUR 8600 SOUNDS! MAKE MY DAY!

For me, the big question mark sits over the preamp section for any integrated I own or acquire. For years I've thought that the preamp was a focal point in terms of the tech and the market place. Just look for yourselves what good preamp separates are worth on the used markets ... often 100% more than the equivalent amps. Burn me if I'm wrong. And consider what this means for targeted integrated amps by comparison. And by that, I'm not offering my opinions as much as yours out there in AK Land.

I've no idea what this technics offers. But I am curious

avionic
04-24-2007, 07:13 PM
The only integrated I have ever owned Yamaha CA-1010 and I sold it on ebay.I've always been a seperates man!

bastek
04-24-2007, 10:05 PM
I' m an integrated man, i own four, integrated amps are for select clients, sale men used to say. I love my Onkyo Grand Integra A-G10, this guy is better than separates.

stereodctr
05-06-2007, 09:29 AM
Has to be my HK 505, I've been using it in various systems for almost 30 years. Its only 60wpc but it still kicks a$$.

johnda
05-06-2007, 10:16 PM
It has to be my Kenwood KA-6100. Really a sweet hunk of gear, sometimes I need to give it a gentle "thunk" to get the VU meters to light up, but other than that it's a keeper. I had a Dynaco SCA-35 amp that mated very nicely to my AR4x speakers, but it got lost when I moved. That had an amazingly clear sound and I would have loved to have tried it out with a pair of Klipschorns.:music:

phhphd
05-07-2007, 09:37 PM
For my little one I like my Luxman L-400. My big on is the L 110. Although right now I have one channel out on it. It's most likely the protected delay on circuit. The power amps still work when I use another preamp, which of course is also a Luxman (c 120). Patrick

redraiderjim
10-01-2007, 06:03 PM
My fave is the AU-717- POWER to rock! Man I miss the 70's....:thmbsp:

Brian
10-01-2007, 06:19 PM
Probably change my list to delete the Mc 5100 and add the Sherwood S9500c in its place. Really like the 1 I just got and can listen to it for hours nonstop.

Vitopanch
01-19-2008, 01:46 AM
I picked up a Kenwood KA-5700 a few months ago and am really hooked on it. Very nice clean sound at all volumes.

I also had Fred go through my early 70's Nikko's and they are now at the top of the heap. Wonderful units after Fred did his magic.

Vito

zebbiemez
01-19-2008, 07:18 AM
Kenwood KA-907 ! I've had mine since 1980. Pushing a pair of Infinity monitor 2a's I've had since November of 1976. :banana:

meatyogre
02-01-2008, 03:03 PM
My now lost-in-movings Yamaha CA-1010. :tears:

How do you loose a 45 pound amp? How sad.

chicks
04-03-2011, 06:10 PM
My only integrated at the moment (unless you count the Rat Shack SA-155).

http://chicksolutions.com/ak/AR/Amplifier/100_3805.JPG

Oerets
04-03-2011, 06:29 PM
Marantz 1070 bought new is a old freind to me now . Recap'd and ready for another 30 years I hope . Running a close second is the NAD 3020 of all the ones I have used over the years .


Picked up a Sansui AU-7700 I'm dying to put into rotation , just haven't found the time .




Barney

gmku
04-03-2011, 06:32 PM
http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/picture.php?albumid=1410&pictureid=9644

Currently this. Nice, tight little amp. Rated at 60 wpc but sounds (to me) like more. Record out, MM/MC switch. Would like a mono switch but that's okay.

When it's behaving, my Yamaha A1020.

sregor
04-03-2011, 11:19 PM
Basically I'm a separates man. There are many very good integrated amps out there, but I'm mainly familiar with the older solid state ones. My votes go to Sansui AU9500 and Accuphase E202. (I'm also prejudiced a little as from a tech's standpoint there easy (but not the easiest) to work on). Honorable mention to Marantz 1200 and Pioneer 9100 and A90.

ryuuoh
04-03-2011, 11:36 PM
The SU-8080 comes to mind. Nice amp.

airframer85
04-04-2011, 04:47 AM
Currently the AU-919 I picked up. Heavy and utilitarian look, but the sound makes it look better to me then the glossiest Best Buy special.

fiddlefye
04-04-2011, 09:23 AM
I've owned a few integrated amps over the years, started out there and went to separates for my main system. The ones I've liked best are the two I own at present, Yamaha CA-1010 and Accuphase E-202. They're rather different from each other but both have lovely quality in both build and sound and which I prefer really depends on what speakers I'm running with them as both seem to have particular preferences.

oldenuff
04-04-2011, 11:08 AM
Of all the Amps I own, there is one that I have favored for a long time, JVC A-X5. There is just something about this amp that I love the sound of. It's unfortunately out of use at the moment, it needs a good clean-up, a few of the switches are playing-up, so it's ready for a de-oxit bath.

cgutz
04-04-2011, 08:12 PM
Marantz 1070 and Sony Vfet TA4650. Not necessarily in that order.

OneMalt
04-04-2011, 08:56 PM
http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd511/OneMalt/MA6600.jpg

'Nuff said! :yes:

johnda
04-04-2011, 09:39 PM
What a sweetheart that AR amp is! So clean looking, simple and able to shove a battleship with gobs of high current power. Congrats!

Vinylcalle
04-04-2011, 09:47 PM
The best integrated I´ve experienced is my Denon PMA790 (now fully restored).

Top 3 of the ones I´ve had.

1. Denon PMA790
2. Denon PMA970
3. Luxman L530

Others I´m quite familiar with is the Mcintosh MA6500, Luxman L550AII and Krell I300.
But none of them have I found as good as the PMA790.

I´ve bought a pair of Magnepan 1.6qr´s from a friend who used to power them with a Audio Analouge Maestro (about 120lbs of integrated amp) and according to most my amplifier does a better job.

I would like to test a Kenwood KA-907 and Onkyo A10 someday too.

Bubbamike
04-07-2011, 12:43 PM
Luxman L-400

I liked it so much I just bought a Luxman L-430. Great sound, solid build, nice features like tone defeat and MC/MM phono.

audiomagnate
04-08-2011, 02:02 PM
Arcam Alpha 7R. Nice size, beautiful design, and remote controlled (just volume and mute) with balance and tone bypass and a nice phono section.

trhee
04-08-2011, 02:22 PM
I don't know if I have an absolute favorite, but it would heavily depend on the price point.

Typically I've always liked integrated amps from British companies. Integrated amps have always been popular in the UK and these guys know how to build them right. Typically, they're pretty homely looking but they put the money where it counts, on the inside.

- Naim
- Musical Fidelity
- Creek
- Exposure
- Sugden
- NAD
- Rega

I've also heard ones from Plinius, Krell, Audio Research and Conrad Johnson that were outstanding as well.

mad shadows
04-08-2011, 02:52 PM
My favourite is Kenwood Supreme 600. It just sounds so natural.
I tried a Pioneer SA-9500 while my Kenwood was being serviced. The Pioneer is not bad but the Kenwood is in an other league. The Pioneer has a wicked bass but lacks in transparency (it´s good enough to kept as back up).

Flammaster
04-08-2011, 06:28 PM
Probably change my list to delete the Mc 5100 and add the Sherwood S9500c in its place. Really like the 1 I just got and can listen to it for hours nonstop.

Oh man I'd love to hear one of those!

I have for years wanted a Sherwood integrated amp. That is from the 60's about when 8800's were made right?

I have 4 Sherwoods now but one day would like to have 4 more!

Art K.
04-08-2011, 07:38 PM
I don't know if I have an absolute favorite, but it would heavily depend on the price point.

Typically I've always liked integrated amps from British companies. Integrated amps have always been popular in the UK and these guys know how to build them right. Typically, they're pretty homely looking but they put the money where it counts, on the inside.

- Naim
- Musical Fidelity
- Creek
- Exposure
- Sugden
- NAD
- Rega



I like this list and would add Rotel and Sonneteer.

Bikerduck
04-09-2011, 12:54 AM
My favorite Int amps are
1 Kenwood KA 801
2 Technics SU 8600
3 Yamaha CA 810

I also own KA 8300, 7100, 3500, 5700, 77 and a Pioneer Elite A-35A
I wish I had enough rooms to hook all of them up. They all sound terrific:D

bigaltx24
04-09-2011, 04:01 AM
Denon PMA-900V

Grateful2CH
04-09-2011, 07:35 AM
Two I plan to keep forever:
Marantz 1060
Marantz 1250

Keessie
04-09-2011, 08:15 AM
The Akai AM-2600 is my favorite amp.
The 2600 is completely original and still going strong after 30-35 years.
All i have done is a simple deoxit treatment and replaced the headphone jack (also original Akai)
The only thing that is'nt working is the light behind the meters.
The sound and the looks are the things i "fell in love with"

daviddeep
04-09-2011, 10:58 AM
This is a fun thread. I've always liked integrateds. They're a nice compromise in that they take up a lot less space than true separates, yet still allow you to select the tuner of your choice.

The one I'll be keeping is my Sony TA-F700ES. I heard one in a hi-fi shop when I was in college and didn't have the money for one, then found a nice one on eBay 15 years later. Great sound, plenty of power, and beautifully built. Also has a nice compliment of useful features without being too gimmicky.

See photo in the Sonys thread:

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=267270&d=1302052486

Dalmacio
04-09-2011, 10:22 PM
I have four integrated amps, 3 Kenwoods and 1 Yamaha.

But this is one's a keeper...

renli3d
04-09-2011, 10:40 PM
My vote for the Accuphase E-202 and Sansui AU-D11 II. Lots of people here have these models!

herbd2
04-10-2011, 10:19 AM
Yet another vote for my replacement Sansui AU-G99X. First one has output problems, and I've spoken to EW about a full overhaul, only cash is light these days, so I got a beat-up replacement off epay. Phono quickly died, so I've got a ratshack 3 channel mixer for that, and other than being rather beat up, sounds as good as my original. Serial #'s are within a month of one another. One day, EW, one day......

I know many do not like the AU-G99X, but 160 wpc, and hardly ever any need for adjustment makes it one of my faves.

The AU-G99X rocks big time. I ran a pair of JBL L-7's off it, and it was amazing. That integrated has major balls, I don't care what anybody says. I have mine and I'm keeping it! :thmbsp:

reggaenaut
04-10-2011, 12:27 PM
My only integrated at the moment (unless you count the Rat Shack SA-155).

http://chicksolutions.com/ak/AR/Amplifier/100_3805.JPG

Looking sweet! Looking sweet! Wow!!

chicks
04-10-2011, 12:34 PM
Looking sweet! Looking sweet! Wow!!

Thanks! I completely forgot I still have this beast - out of rotation, but very good specs, and great ergonomics:

http://chicksolutions.com/ak/Pioneer/A80/100_2755.JPG

SixCats!
04-10-2011, 08:18 PM
Hi all,

I had to update my choice of favorite Integrated Amp(s). Yesterday, I hooked up my old MARANTZ 1060 to a just acquired NIKKO NT-790 Tuner and my ESS AMT 1 Speakers. Wow, very nice sounding indeed! The 1060 while not a powerhouse appears to be a nice match with the ESS. I must say that I am VERY impressed with the NIKKO NT-790 Tuner as it pulls in difficult Stations that even my McIntosh MR 73 Tuner can't pull in. That being said, my favorite amp is still my PILOT AA-903B (EL84) MONO Integrated Amp connected to my Stephens Tru-Sonic Horn Speaker.

Regards,
SixCats!

wrongprong
04-10-2011, 11:50 PM
Just picked it up, pots seem to be a little dirty but once
It gets past that it kicks pretty hard

ericjustin
04-11-2011, 11:27 AM
My favorite would have to be the Pioneer SA-9100. The 9100 is the amp that started my interest in vintage stereo equipment. Currently my 9100 is in New York being repaired, recapped and upgraded. I can't wait to get it back.
My second favorite is my Marantz 1060. The 1060 is a sweet sounding amp, I just wish it had a bit more power. This amp is next on my recap list.
Third is my Pioneer SA-6700. For an amp that usually sells for cheap, it really looks good and I am happy with the sound. It just lacks a few bells and whistles.

GOYA
04-11-2011, 12:34 PM
Hands down, Luxman L-110

Blows my Yamaha CA-810 and Kenwood KA-8300 out of the water. The pre section especially.

The Luxman is a combination of smooth and silky with detailed and dynamic.

jcm2012
04-11-2011, 07:50 PM
Onkyo A-5 . Big fan.

Dexxas
04-12-2011, 06:14 AM
I'll take my JVC AX-Z911 on the basis that no one else has one. It is the best sounding amplifier on earth, and no one can prove me wrong! :banana:

Seriously, it does sound excellent, and the fact that it was made in 1988, and has digital inputs, including optical, boggles my mind. Power is rated at 100wpc, it consumes 550. It's a tank, it weighs around 40 pounds, I need to get in on a scale. It's got a thick aluminum front, remote, and a super cool holographic display in the front. It retailed for $1,100 in 88, (thanks Bolly) so I think that speaks something of it's quality. I wish I could find someone else who had one. Power is clean to the point it drives you out of the room, and that was before I got these big Klipschs. I wish I had more to add to the list, but I'm only 27, I just got started! Crexrun

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c326/Crexrun/IM002165.jpg

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c326/Crexrun/IM002156.jpg

sorry for the poor pics, the flash made it look horrible, it's actually in excellent shape, minus the dust and fingerprints.


I also own a JVC Amplifier and think the same as you

I have the JVC AX-372 super A technology I bi wired it into mission 732! speakers via Van Dame Speaker cable through the a+b speaker outputs

I run into it with
Rotel RCD-965BX Cd player via Atlas equator Connector
Sony CD player and Mini Disc in to the Tape monitor input via a Cambridge Dacmagic.

Like yourself I am very pleased with the sound. What have i compared it to?
I also have a Rotel - RA-810A and a fatman i valve amp 13 watts rms per channel The JVC to my ears has a better sound than the Rotel its much more gutsy. the rotel has that dry sound associated with NAD Amps well it sounds like the NAD 340 i owned.

I fell out with My NAD 340 over Nora Jones CD [feels like home] i could not get it to sound sweet and they way i wanted it. There was always this dry element to the mid range sound that did my head in

The Fatman has a valve sound all of its own trouble is it sounds so underpowered through the 732! in a large sitting room Small bedroom fine

So the JVC takes preference big fan :)

dc270
04-12-2011, 09:53 AM
The best sounding and most elegant integrated I ever had was the Technics SUV 9, mot the 909 but the 9. Wished I had it back- very strong sounding and would drive anything!
DC

Yamahalic
04-23-2011, 11:44 PM
I use this old unit to this day, sounds great but not your normal integrated as it includes a DSP processor.

http://www.usedsound.com/dispenser.aspx?ObjectName=0627_0026.jpg

SVI2004A
04-24-2011, 12:27 AM
Technics SU-V9 SU-V909 and my fave the SU-V4X The V9 and V909 are topliners and have a detailed phono input array, large xfmr and high grade output stage. The V4X is not as powerful but has mm/mc phono input, moreso has magic in its sound.

motorazr
04-24-2011, 05:04 PM
Optonica SM4646 sounds meaty when compared to my lesser SM1515 and also has plenty of knobs to play with.

beemer1960
06-02-2011, 11:43 AM
crexrun is very much on to some thing here....I own one of these amps and let me tell you nothing else compares and I've tried.Incredibly clean,and is just incredible using it's onboard d/a converter.I have used mine in a studio reference setting for years hooked up to jbl reference pro iii w biamp sub.crexrun i have the owners manual for this if you would need a copy.was thinking of selling it, but then again i have thought better of it...crexrun if you need a value on your amp,put 5000 on it because its that good.Mine is serial number 127.The only other piece of audio geaR THAT I CAN THINK OF THAT EVEN MARGINALLY COMES CLOSE ARE DENON DTR-80P PORTABLE DAT RECORDERS ANd tascam cdr-700 recorder i put 9000 hours on after defeating its scms.Alesis 24 bit cdrs too.for digital reference this is what you NEED.

chicks
06-02-2011, 11:47 AM
Kenwood Model 600

http://chicksolutions.com/ak/System/100_4031.JPG

ChrisMarantz
06-02-2011, 07:19 PM
Kenwoods always have the nicest knobs and switches :yes:

ghamilton
06-02-2011, 08:03 PM
Sansui AU-X1.
I have a (self recaped) AU-919 and I love it.
#1 is the AU-X1
#2 is the AU-919

rzack
06-03-2011, 12:04 AM
SAE 2922. It's actually the 2900 pre-amp and the 2200 power amp on the same chassis.

kamagong
06-03-2011, 07:22 AM
SONY TA-5650 VFET
a 50wpc Sony that can :yes:
http://www.audio-heritage.jp/SONY-ESPRIT/amp/ta-5650.html
http://www.gramophone.net/Issue/Page/April%201977/138/762888/Sony+TA5650+stereo+amplifier

http://i458.photobucket.com/albums/qq305/southpeak/SONY%20TA-5650%20VFET/DSC_0495.jpg

guiller
06-03-2011, 07:32 AM
A couple of vintage favorites that I know well:

Revox B750 Mk 2

http://www.radiomuseum.org/images/radio/studer_gmbh_willi/revox_b750_mk_ii_316476.jpg

Accuphase E-202

http://vintagemusic.ca/photos/Accuphase_E-202_Int_Amp_Front.jpg

I know there are superb recent amplifiers from Naim, Cambridge Audio, Arcam, McIntosh, etc, but lost my interest on integrated amps some time ago when I went the pre+amp route. There are also some great tube amplifiers that I've heard but never owned (again some Macs), but this post is in the solid state forum.

pmsummer
06-03-2011, 07:37 AM
http://img847.imageshack.us/img847/7262/p6030427.jpg

Of all my integrated amps (including Yamaha CA-2010, HH Scott 299D, and AIWA A-60 models), my favorite remains the entry-level McIntosh MA-6100, both for esthetics and performance.

philliam
06-03-2011, 02:22 PM
Nothing esoteric or gorgeous, but my Onkyo A-7090 has proven to be a 40-pound chunk of sweet-sounding reliability. 110 W/ch. into Genesis Physics II's make a good combo with terrific headroom for transients. I think I'll keep it a while.

audiojones
06-03-2011, 02:37 PM
The Pioneer SA-8500II. I'd really love to get one someday soon - I'm on the lookout! :para:
http://www.silverpioneer.netfirms.com/images/sa-8500ii.jpg

schomburgkia
06-03-2011, 03:14 PM
Sony TA1630 for me, it's a proper little meat head of an amp. Hook it up to some beefy speakers and play some bashment or jungle or something, crank it up and the street knows about it.
I am actually running mine as a slave amp from my Sony STR 7015, drivind Sony SS G3's and the 7015 will be driving Technics SB 102's + Beovox S30's on Sunday... All the speakers stacked up.
There's a picture of my TA1630 on the "show us your Sony's page".

tboat4
06-03-2011, 03:19 PM
Marantz 1120. I've owned 2 of them, though I'd like to try some others.

chingon
06-03-2011, 08:33 PM
Score another for the luxman L-450

denon_bob
06-03-2011, 11:25 PM
got a kenwood of some sort, because it is forgettable i forget the model number.
the other two types are lets see.... hmmm

denon pma 920, interesting and has pre out/main in which is nice, but my favorite has to be my pair of denon pma 860's

the layout of the 860 is superior to the 920 and also sonically much cleaner sounding to me,

probably modify the 860's for pre in/main out at some point, then they would be about perfect for my needs.

all black aluminum is nice in my eyes too, no more knobs than what is probably necessary for most folks is a plus too.

bob g

cornwallguy
06-04-2011, 08:01 PM
Harman/Kardon A-402 ,the nicest 40w/ch ive heard in a SS
Flexible preamp and well designed power amp section
But it should have been shipped with a wood sleve with the name Citation on the front.

Committed
06-04-2011, 09:00 PM
Someday I will own a Sui AU-22,000, until that day I will continue to enjoy the crap out of my AU-X501 that I bought new in '87. I love the Sansui integrateds

jojo0416
06-04-2011, 09:32 PM
My verastile:
SA-8800II (Japanese version of 8500II)

Followed by
Sansui AU Alpla 707
SA-9800II (Japanese version of 9500II)

tubed
06-04-2011, 11:35 PM
Yamaha CA-1000

bluesky
06-04-2011, 11:37 PM
Sansui AU-X901 (Vintage Series) 130 Watts RMS per channel. It's an amazing amplifier. Sound quality is outrageous.

I'd like to also have:
AU-X1111 in minty shape.

Michael Powers
06-05-2011, 03:09 AM
Hitachi HA-610

Deubi
06-05-2011, 04:11 AM
...Sansui AU 9500....

bigaltx24
06-05-2011, 06:03 AM
Denon PMA-900V

This thing is a beast

ictwoody
06-05-2011, 10:13 AM
I'd say I LOVE my Kenny Supreme 500. I really enjoy my Marantz 1060 too. Both are keepers.

- Woody

herbd2
06-05-2011, 12:12 PM
Total Power, beautiful meters, toroidal bliss...AU-G99X.
I love mine. It has dents and bruises, scratches on the bottom front covered by electrical tape...but I love it. Now I'm going to read this thread.

herbd2
06-05-2011, 12:19 PM
KA-9150, with matching tuner KT-7550

I said my fav was AU-G99X.....but I love my Kenwood 9150....I've paired it with JBL CF-150s and it was spectacular.....I bought mine beaten up, did some refurb, replaced the broken glass with some nice fitting plexi.....A bargain with fantastic sound...

EscapeVelo
06-05-2011, 01:30 PM
My favorite only because I own(ed) it.

The Onkyo Integra 8700

The source selection buttons are problematic though, they loose their tension and wont hold. I think this is a common problem with these.

It puts out the power though. Huge power supply.

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=76682&d=1201631215

bluesky
06-05-2011, 08:40 PM
Hitachi HA-610

Hitachi made some nice sounding equipment back in the mid 80s. I needed a stereo when I was in Japan and bought Hitachi mini-componet system and it still sounds wonderful today. The cassette player has been broke for a decade(s), but the amp and speakers sound really nice with just a small portable regular CD player plugged into it. It's a keeper!

Hitachi is A-ok! I like their projection TVs too.

bueschersaxo
06-05-2011, 09:33 PM
NAIM Nait 2 has been the favorite here since I got it used in the early 90's.

kamagong
06-06-2011, 12:31 AM
Hitachi made some nice sounding equipment back in the mid 80s. I needed a stereo when I was in Japan and bought Hitachi mini-componet system and it still sounds wonderful today. The cassette player has been broke for a decade(s), but the amp and speakers sound really nice with just a small portable regular CD player plugged into it. It's a keeper!

Hitachi is A-ok! I like their projection TVs too.

yup, i have to agree with this..
this one is very nice too..:D

Lo-D (HITACHI) HA-8700
http://audio-database.com/Lo-D-HITACHI/amp/ha-8700-e.html
http://i458.photobucket.com/albums/qq305/southpeak/Lo_D%20HA%208700/DSC_0337.jpg

riverrat
06-06-2011, 12:53 AM
The best sounding and most elegant integrated I ever had was the Technics SUV 9, mot the 909 but the 9. Wished I had it back- very strong sounding and would drive anything!
DC

I picked up an SU-V9 amp recently. After some cleaning with deoxit it is working pretty well. Nice piece of equipment; kind of interesting styling with the glass swing-down door, it is growing on me. Tried it out w/Apogee Centaurs tonight, sounded great and seemingly no problem pushing them.

http://audio-database.com/TechnicsPanasonic/amp/su-v9.JPG

Sage
06-06-2011, 10:52 AM
My integrated amp collection in order of my favorites:

Pioneer Series 20 A-27
Sansui AU-9500
Sansui AU-20000
Sansui AU-919
Pioneer Elite A-91D
Pioneer SA-9900
Pioneer SA-9100
Pioneer Elite A-71
Sansui QX-7000

danj
06-06-2011, 12:05 PM
I own two vintage Kenwoods so I guess that has to be my answer.

situp&listen
11-23-2012, 12:57 PM
Playing in my system right now: Kenwood KA-3500... up next (soon) the Onkyo A7...

chicks
11-23-2012, 01:18 PM
For looks and nostalgia:
http://chicksolutions.com/ak/AR/Amplifier/100_3805.JPG

For features, build quality, ergonomics, and flat out ballsiness:
http://chicksolutions.com/ak/Kenwood/600/1350763228335.jpg

Just because:
http://chicksolutions.com/ak/Pioneer/A-N701/1345261799927.jpg

chicks
11-23-2012, 01:25 PM
Of course if I had JohnVF's Accuphase, it just might replace the Kenny. Just too cool.

Daunia 70
11-23-2012, 01:33 PM
Trio Supreme1
Trio KA-907
Trio Supreme Model 600

Just can't decide on my fave,so it's gonna be a three-way tie.

GD70
11-23-2012, 02:25 PM
Loving my JVC A-X5. @ 73 wpc more than enough power, though I really want the A-X9!
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q76/GD70/A-X5-1-1.jpg

dc270
11-23-2012, 02:53 PM
Loving my JVC A-X5. @ 73 wpc more than enough power, though I really want the A-X9!

Ya mean this one? This is the proffesiomal version If I recall correctly.
DC

nhparrot
11-23-2012, 03:21 PM
I have a Scott 222C

http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/rr292/nhparrot/stereo%20equipment/DSCN0035.jpg

But would love to have a Cary SLI-80 as well :music:

holysocks
11-23-2012, 06:17 PM
http://img847.imageshack.us/img847/7262/p6030427.jpg

Of all my integrated amps (including Yamaha CA-2010, HH Scott 299D, and AIWA A-60 models), my favorite remains the entry-level McIntosh MA-6100, both for esthetics and performance.

I too love my McIntosh MA-6100, best integrated I've heard.
http://www.high-entropy.com/forums/audiokarma/McIntosh01.JPG


I've been rather impressed with the Akai UC-U3 I got for my girlfriend
http://high-entropy.com/forums/audiokarma/IMG_1586.JPG

gizzyman47
11-23-2012, 06:38 PM
I really like the sound of my kyocera A-710 integrated.:music: Also have a sansui au-517 and a au-717 (rebuilt).:yes: My pioneer sa-8800 floroscan is a beautiful piece of gear, though it sounds a little cold to me.

sailbum_2000
11-23-2012, 07:07 PM
Not really vintage, yet. It is getting old though, my Creek 4240SE is my favorite. I listened to a lot of equipment back when I was shopping for an integrated and this sounded the best. I still love the way it sounds, very detailed.

moejr
11-23-2012, 09:51 PM
Right now it is my Kenwood KA-405. 55 very clean wpc.

1TUFSS
11-23-2012, 10:22 PM
http://www.wjaudio.com/upload/bbs_24/1-1225264628.jpg

http://www.special-hifi.de/images/Technics_SU-7700_001.jpg?osCsid=9cdbd95f4360077f9fe3ff667270c8 cc

I'm biased.

derekva
11-23-2012, 10:44 PM
I'm pretty darn fond of my Luxman L-100...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8430/7544718458_2d74a46c76_b.jpg

-D

jaguar06
11-23-2012, 11:53 PM
I haven't run an integrated amp in years (though I still own some) but my favorite by far among the ones I operated for a significant length of time was a Yamaha A-1000 ca. 1982. It was bliss in Class A mode, but offered great clean power in AB to drive even inefficient speakers. Plenty of cartridge-loading settings, etc. Build quality was excellent. I considered it a bargain for the price I paid new (whatever that was!)

derekva
11-23-2012, 11:56 PM
http://www.wjaudio.com/upload/bbs_24/1-1225264628.jpg

I'm biased.
So beautiful...

I love Pioneer fluoroscan gear.

-D

jammasterj13
11-24-2012, 04:10 AM
Sony TA-F730ES
Sony TA-F6B

Both keepers never leavers...
Outstanding Sony products!

GD70
11-24-2012, 09:33 AM
Ya mean this one? This is the proffesiomal version If I recall correctly.
DC

This one, 1980.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q76/GD70/A-X5-2-1.jpg
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q76/GD70/A-X5-1-1.jpg

dc270
11-24-2012, 09:57 AM
Nicely understated! JVC got it right there!
DC

howardtheduc
11-24-2012, 10:06 AM
Sansui Au-717..certainly not the best of all time but it's the best I've heard and it's the one I kept!

GD70
11-24-2012, 10:11 AM
Nicely understated! JVC got it right there!
DC

Couldn't agree more! Elegant and still very contemporary!

JohnMichael
11-24-2012, 10:23 AM
Mine are the harman/kardon A402 and the Onkyo A7. But understated and elegant, not to mention incredible sounding.

I miss my h/k A402 and would love to hear it in my current system.

oblomov
11-24-2012, 04:05 PM
I miss my h/k A402 and would love to hear it in my current system.

Don't blame you...listening to mine running little JBL 4408 monitors right now.

Very nice combo!

Don't see too many A-402s. They must not have made many...

bob s
11-24-2012, 10:38 PM
My favorites, the Technics SU-8600, so good even the neighbors liked it! One day I walked up the street and the folks half a block away commented on how nice my stereo sounded. I had it set up in my garage driving a pair of Dynaco A-10's,the little buggers loved that amp, until the right channel went out, gotta get that fixed one of these days.
Followed by my Pioneer SA-7100, the little brother that still sounds fab, interesting that both the SU-8600 and SA-7100 were found on the roadside on garbage night!
Lastly, my Sansui AU-7700, still a great sounding IA that has flexible controls for tweaking the sound just so, problem being, it seems there is always some fiddling going on and less actual listening, maybe too much of a good thing.

Brian
11-24-2012, 10:53 PM
The L-100 is not heard about much. When I was a Lux dealer we tried it out and hands downtown was one of the best integrated amps of the time. I finally decided to pullone from stock for a long term test only to find all were gone while none sold. I discovered it was a favorite of some of my employees who had an unknown to be me profit sharing plan going.

windchaser
11-24-2012, 11:33 PM
I have had quite a few over the years but the 6900 is one of my favorites....plenty of power and an excellent onboard phono section.

http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/uploads/37/user_6501_large_897f6ff8736ab3a88c45f372da7d7f07.j pg

windchaser
11-24-2012, 11:34 PM
I'm pretty darn fond of my Luxman L-100...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8430/7544718458_2d74a46c76_b.jpg

-D

+1 - Very nice setup !!!

GD70
11-25-2012, 11:46 AM
I have had quite a few over the years but the 6900 is one of my favorites....plenty of power and an excellent onboard phono section.

http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/uploads/37/user_6501_large_897f6ff8736ab3a88c45f372da7d7f07.j pg

That's very nice!
BTW- what's the iPod dock & little box next to it?

GD70
11-25-2012, 11:47 AM
+1 - Very nice setup !!!

+2! I love the retro 50's look!

Boto
11-25-2012, 12:24 PM
Onkyo A-5 . Big fan.
I haven't had too many, but I still have me A-5 that I bought new in 1977. It still works great. These definitely flew under the radar a bit. I'm also a fan of my Philips FA-960. Bought that new in 1990 and it is still my main systems' anchor.

windchaser
11-25-2012, 12:53 PM
That's very nice!
BTW- what's the iPod dock & little box next to it?

Thanks ! The iPod is sitting in a Wadia iPod dock that was the first to be able to extract the pure digital bitstream directly from the iPod and feed it independently to a standalone DAC (in my system a Monarchy DAC pictured below the Mac. 6900) and it thus bypasses the cheap built in DAC of the iPod.

If you load all lossless content onto your iPod it basically becomes a transport with this setup and the quality is as good as a mid-level CDP. The little box next to it is a separate power supply made by Channel Island especially for the Wadia iPod dock – as a system it all works very well for what it is…..

ZombyWoof
11-25-2012, 02:42 PM
My main system: NAD 317
Rotated in the Office system: Marantz 1070

Both have also served as preamps for higher power amps at one time or another.

Harolda
11-25-2012, 03:14 PM
My all time favorites which I do own:

Marantz pm 15 (of course to original)
But a really awesome amp is the Sansui AU-X1

Vincentz
11-26-2012, 10:56 PM
Love the sound and looks of this supreme.

ryuuoh
11-26-2012, 11:11 PM
The Technics SU-8080 from the late '70s. Modest watts, but superb phono.

Belo
11-26-2012, 11:16 PM
Sansui AU-555A it has a rich sound and has no need for an equalizer.

dogwan
11-28-2012, 01:08 AM
It's a favorite because it's mine!

J Phil
11-28-2012, 03:38 PM
Hi,

I bought this amp sometime in the 70's and though I have had to buy a succession of more powerful amps to drive upgraded speakers I still play this almost every day while working in the basement. Jazz especially, on this amp through stacked Heil Fortura 10/JBL 4401 speakers, is superb. Great separation and a very neutral sound. It's kind of rare when a low priced, mass produced item is as pleasing and as lasting.

derekva
11-29-2012, 12:06 AM
+2! I love the retro 50's look!

Thanks!

The Fisher 800c has been sold since that photo was taken. However, I'm currently doing a 3-way rotation between a Fisher 660-A, a Dynaco ST35 custom and a Millett DCPP, so tubes are (still) in the house. The L-100 is the preamp stage as well as the subwoofer amp while the tubes drive the Heresy IIs.

-D

bryblob
11-29-2012, 12:18 AM
I've tried a few different integrated amps over the years. My favorite would be the modern Denon PMA-2000IVR, next would be a vintage Marantz 1120. These 2 actually sound somewhat similar, but the marantz didn't have the transparency and control of the denon.

dfunk24
11-29-2012, 01:50 AM
392759
Pretty and Powerful.

derekva
11-29-2012, 11:40 AM
That's very nice!
BTW- what's the iPod dock & little box next to it?

Looks like a Wadia iTransport...I wished they made a ZuneHD version. :tears:

-D

RandyFloyd76
11-29-2012, 11:50 AM
This 100 Watt Denon PMA-770 kinda flys under the radar and can be had for bargain prices.

http://i1123.photobucket.com/albums/l541/beavertd/3G33Ff3J15H35J45M3cbna055c06cd3f91026.jpg

burgerbob
11-29-2012, 01:52 PM
http://www.excelhifi.com.au/productimage_273.jpeg?width=600&height=600&nostretch

MX117.MC7150
11-29-2012, 04:31 PM
Suspects:
McIntosh MA6950
Marantz 1200
Sony TA-1130
Am guessing you meant the McIntosh MA6850, as there was no MA6950. While a great integrated amp, not sure I would consider as new as 1994+ a vintage model.
If that new qualifies, I'll go for the terrific Sony TA-F808ES, as well. And Bryston R-60RP and Accuphase E-407. The Yamaha CA-2010 is great, but doesn't have a remote. Gotta have a remote.

cornwallguy
11-29-2012, 08:04 PM
Harman Kardon A402 best 40w/ch offered at the time.. splittable pre-poweramps too
second favorite of the time? Kenwood KA-3500
not as flexible as the H/K ,but a nice design .

cornwallguy
12-01-2012, 09:04 PM
I miss my h/k A402 and would love to hear it in my current system.

A 402. very nice unit.. something i believe that could have been good enough to wear a Citation designate.

florandia
12-01-2012, 09:15 PM
Arcam Alpha 6 .....great workhorse......replaced the same company's wonderful a60[still sounds great]

tlsmania
12-01-2012, 10:52 PM
Aaron #1

Pioneers
A-717
SA-9500II
SA-8500II
SA-8800
SA-8500

Obviously I need to thin the herd but I love them dearly and all are in great sonic shape. A-717 is current daily driver, I love the tight bass and soundstage. Aaron going in for a refresh.

JohnVF
12-01-2012, 11:04 PM
My favorite:
Leben CS-300x
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b384/fiebke/IMG_2319.jpg

The runner up:
Accuphase E-303x
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b384/fiebke/IMG_2650.jpg

The 2nd runner up:
Fisher x-202b
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b384/fiebke/IMG_2195.jpg

The Accuphase and Leben might be tied.

SPEC2man
12-01-2012, 11:08 PM
The new Modwright KWI 200 ... Just heard it a few months back and I went back in for a demo last weekend. Echo Audio in Portland OR, is a great place to find Modwright equipment. Dan and Kurt (Echo's owner) are good friends, so the store always has lots of interesting gear. It was hooked to a brand new pair of B&W 802DII's, not the easiest speakers to drive. It had authority and detail but it had warmth to it. We tried it out on a set of Aerial model 7's as well and the new KEF LS50. I can’t quite afford it, but as integrated amplifiers go ... it topped my charts. It has an adapter slot in it for either a built in DAC or a phono stage. How can you go wrong? An honorable mention is the Mark Levinson No. 383 … seriously good sound.

MyHeresyIsMe
12-01-2012, 11:21 PM
My favorite integrated amp has so much sentimental value to it that it became special, perhaps just because of its sentimental circumstances. It was the amp given me by a very close, long time friend of mine just before he died (40 years is a long time). I was in the store when he bought it, I heard him get cussed mad when it 'misbehaved,' and he longlingly passed it on to me when he knew his time was up. It was the Marantz 1180DC. What a heavy, DC coupled, extra powered amp --- I would say one of the best Marantz ever put out, excepting its tendency to unexpectedly crap out on one channel --- then, into the shop, repaired, back home, only to have it return to the shop a few months later. But when it was perfect, it was perfect. That's my favorite ---- for many reasons --- hooked up to a pair of 1980 Klipsch Heresys.

windchaser
12-01-2012, 11:38 PM
The Pathos will always be one of my all time favorites. Pure class "A" sweetness with the magic of tubes make for a very musical hybrid.....

http://i1323.photobucket.com/albums/u582/carbonkevlar/pathos.jpg

MyHeresyIsMe
12-01-2012, 11:40 PM
Sweet display of itself too, windchaser!

bktheking
12-01-2012, 11:47 PM
The one I just got, Marantz 1060 Engraved.

http://imageshack.us/a/img208/4159/img5438l.jpg

theokalat
12-02-2012, 04:03 AM
My favourite would have to be the Yamaha A-1. Close second my older but much nicer looking Yamaha CA-1000.

Two of the best integrated's Yamaha ever put out.

cornwallguy
12-02-2012, 09:42 AM
I go with the Harman Kardon HK-402. I have two hooked up to stacked Advents. One amp for each pair. The top one works as the control for both. Twin amps with twin power supplies to twin Original Advents. Nice sound! Plenty of inputs....two of everything- 2 phonos-2 tape decks-2 auxillary! Preamp out/main in jacks. Great HK sound! The same amp section as a HK-730 receiver. Works well with the matching HK-403 tuner. I also liked the Pioneer 8100 I had for a while. I am sure the 9100 is even more special! Best! Franksta

very nice !! great HK sound and power (they sound like they have alot more power than they do. d e s i g n is the key .

riversideguy
01-05-2013, 06:15 PM
Ars Sonum Filarmonia. Hand made in Spain and worth every cent.

albowlly
01-05-2013, 10:34 PM
http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g461/albowlly1/amps%20speakers%20and%20guitars/IMG_1851.jpg

Marantz 1150D

bare
01-06-2013, 01:14 PM
Arcam Delta 290 integrated from mid 90's. IMO Arcam's best product to date.
Med power 70 w but 24Amp capable for massive dynamic capabilities,
V good discrete phono section /board.
No plan or possible need to upgrade

AMPHEAD
01-29-2013, 03:34 PM
My favorite two integrated's are two I have spent some time with, a Accuphase E-202 and Pioneer Elite A-71. I gave up my E-202 back in 1998, and still sorry I did. But it was in need of a overhaul and I was cash strapped back then.

I now still have my A-71 and it is a superb unit. All the caps are still original from 1989 and at this point performing well. Just a beast of an amp at 60 pounds! Dual mono, 120 WPC. Great phono section too! :thmbsp:

ilusndweller
01-29-2013, 04:43 PM
My favorite integrated has a striking resemblance to your avatar amphead(which Im guessing is kyoceras totl separates amp). The kyocera a-910. 150wpc and 70A of current. Great phono stage, great sound. This amp begs to be turned up and played loud! Amazing detail and clarity.

AMPHEAD
02-01-2013, 04:34 PM
My favorite integrated has a striking resemblance to your avatar amphead(which Im guessing is kyoceras totl separates amp). The kyocera a-910. 150wpc and 70A of current. Great phono stage, great sound. This amp begs to be turned up and played loud! Amazing detail and clarity.

Right you are ilusndweller! My "head" is my former Kyocera B-910 basic power amp, a very rare beast indeed. Only a handful made it into the USA. I have heard a Kyocera A-710, the smaller brother to the A-910. Typical Kyocera sound- smooth Mos-Fet output sound, and very dynamic. Would love to locate a 910 integrated! :yes:

mjcmt
02-01-2013, 09:23 PM
As far as vintage integrated amps, I started out with a Dynaco SCA-80 in the day. Later one when I tried vintage again I had a Harman Kardon HK-505 and Sansui AU-717. Both were much better than the equivalent receivers available. I always wanted to have a McIntosh, maybe someday.

BGS57
02-02-2013, 06:50 AM
Accuphase E-202 with new power caps.

Luxman L-550

Marantz 1060 recapped.


In that order I think `cos E-202 gets more playtime, but I like them all!

Regards

bobinaz
02-02-2013, 12:11 PM
My favorite integrateds are my Pioneer sa9500-II, sa7500, marantz 1060 and 1070.
I also like my Sansui au-g99x. The 1070 and the sa7500 are daily drivers for me in the systems they are in, although I am using the sa7500 as a preamp.