Integrated amplifier for Scansonic MB-2.5
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    Integrated amplifier for Scansonic MB-2.5

    Hello folks!

    I follow up the forum for a while and I am really enjoying to spend time when I reading all your posts.
    Honestly speaking I am not an audiophile, actually not even close to be one ... But somehow I really like to read and learn something about all those interesting and beautiful equipments.
    And at the end, I decided to pull the trigger... But that trigger will be belong to a pretty small pistol. I do not have a financial power to get a truely ultra high end system so far. That’s why I am planning to start this hobby with a very simple and cheapest way.

    After all the time when I was spending read forums and reviews, I create a short list for possible purchase;

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    Scansonic MB-2.5

    Integrated amplifier options;
    Hegel H160
    Musical Fidelity M6si
    Naim Supernait 2
    McIntosh MA5200 (Second hand)

    I just want to get your opinions about which integrated amplifier would be a better match for MB-2.5? Or would be there any other suggestions in same price range (2500-3500 USD)..
    I do not have a proper source. I will use my computer as source for my digital files. So, integrated amp should contain a good DAC for sure.

    That system will be my guide when I am entering to hi-fi world, that’s why I want to keep it plain and simple and also correct at the beginning...

    I really love to hear your opinions and recommendations (also for speakers).

    Cheers...

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    Re: Integrated amplifier for Scansonic MB-2.5

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    Re: Integrated amplifier for Scansonic MB-2.5

    Thank you Mike...

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    Re: Integrated amplifier for Scansonic MB-2.5

    Welcome to the forum! Thank you for joining.


    Do you own or have you purchased the Scansonic MB-2.5? Have you auditioned them?
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    Re: Integrated amplifier for Scansonic MB-2.5

    Thank you very much for your warm welcome...

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    Re: Integrated amplifier for Scansonic MB-2.5

    No, I do not have them yet, I am planning to buy them... Just auditioned for a short time.
    I am looking for transparency and resolution, and seems these guys can provide all these very well...

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    Re: Integrated amplifier for Scansonic MB-2.5

    They have great resolution thanks to that ribbon tweeter, but their overall balance is on the dark side. From the amps you mentioned I would rather go with sth like Hegel H160 - i.e. fast, transparent, not overlywarm.
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    Speakers: Magico M3
    Amp: MSB M202
    Digital: Lampi Golden Gate + Lampi DSD Komputer
    Cables: WEL Signature IC / Shunyata Anaconda Z-Tron SC

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    Re: Integrated amplifier for Scansonic MB-2.5

    Actually my first choice will be Hegel H160, that's why it is top on my list... And also there are some youtube videos which shows some raidho systems playing very well with hegel products. That's why I thought it can be a better option for MB-2.5 as well.
    After that point I started to looking for similar amps of H160. The other options came up like that... Only last one recommended by a dealer, he said "it just used for a couple months, and he can give me a pretty good discount on that". Brand new MA5200 is more expensive than all other options in my list. I am wondering if that price difference can be noticeable when playing as well? because I did not hear any of these amps when playing MB-2.5. The dealer of the Scansonic in my country also selling Ypsilon products and I heard those speakers with Phaeton integrated which is way better than all my options, also pretty expensive too.
    As I said, I am also close to Hegel H160. It is a new model, and according to reviews , it has a quite good DAC too. I am not sure which one has better sounding DAC. Seems MA5200 can play more variety of music files than H160 and M6si.
    At that part I will need your help, because I do not have any chance to try those amps on MB-2.5s, because all components selling by different dealers in my city. So,I am looking forward to hearing about your opinions and experiences for these amps.

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    Re: Integrated amplifier for Scansonic MB-2.5

    I would go with Hegel then, unless the MA5200 (which I haven't heard, although I had for a short period 6300 in my living room) has a similar sonic signature.

    Where are you from ?
    Adam

    Speakers: Magico M3
    Amp: MSB M202
    Digital: Lampi Golden Gate + Lampi DSD Komputer
    Cables: WEL Signature IC / Shunyata Anaconda Z-Tron SC

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    Re: Integrated amplifier for Scansonic MB-2.5

    I am from Turkey Elberoth, living in Istanbul...

 

 
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