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    Any thoughts on these 3 amps?

    I am at the budget end of the market, and living in the Uk. I am wanting your collective thoughts on 3 amp that are in the running, a class A/B in the form of an Anthem MCA 225 and class D amps from Nord and the other, a PS Audio Stellar 300. In ££ they are £2000 for the Anthem £1200 for the Nord and £1300 for the PS Audio.
    The pre is an Anthem MRX 520 using the pre outs, and the speakers are Amphion Argon1's

    many thanks

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    Re: Any thoughts on these 3 amps?

    Given that Nord have about 208 pages on this forum i would be thinking about them . they have a brilliant pre amp too. I am running some very modest class D monoblocks that cost almost nothing . I had a 14k amp last for a good many years , but had to sell to pay the bills . the ice power amps are a great consolation.

    The Nord are made in UK of course with excellent support

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    Nord One Up Ncore NC500 amps, Class D ready for prime time .....

    whether the Nord would go with your anthem pre i am not sure , others more technical than i can advise
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    Re: Any thoughts on these 3 amps?

    Nord will likely be better value for the $. However, PS Audio and Anthem will likely retain their resale value better due to the brand recognition.

    The PS Audio M700 (which from the specs appears to be 2 S300ís bridged and configured as monoblocks) is a Stereophile Class A recommended component.

    The S300 is based on an older ICEpower module (compared to Nord) but it does have a custom input buffer which may have an impact on sound quality

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    Re: Any thoughts on these 3 amps?

    Quote Originally Posted by thebrieze View Post
    Nord will likely be better value for the $. However, PS Audio and Anthem will likely retain their resale value better due to the brand recognition.

    The PS Audio M700 (which from the specs appears to be 2 S300’s bridged and configured as monoblocks) is a Stereophile Class A recommended component.


    The S300 is based on an older ICEpower module (compared to Nord) but it does have a custom input buffer which may have an impact on sound quality

    I am having a demo of the PS Audio s300 next week, and in talking to a few people on a UK Audiophile FB page, they all agree that this amp will be a better option, considering the speakers I have at the moment. So that is my 99.9% choice now, given I have a limited budget.
    Many thanks for your input

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    Re: Any thoughts on these 3 amps?

    Peter,

    Please let us know how your demo goes. I’d like to hear more about that PS Audio amp.
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    Re: Any thoughts on these 3 amps?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Allison View Post
    I am at the budget end of the market, and living in the Uk. I am wanting your collective thoughts on 3 amp that are in the running, a class A/B in the form of an Anthem MCA 225 and class D amps from Nord and the other, a PS Audio Stellar 300. In ££ they are £2000 for the Anthem £1200 for the Nord and £1300 for the PS Audio.
    The pre is an Anthem MRX 520 using the pre outs, and the speakers are Amphion Argon1's

    many thanks
    Maybe I missed it, What speakers are you using ?
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    Re: Any thoughts on these 3 amps?

    The speakers are Amphion Argon1's

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    Luxman 590AX Mark II, Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

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    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

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    Re: Any thoughts on these 3 amps?

    Nord, both the Ncore and PuriFi based, is a much better performing amp than the PS Audio Stellar 300.
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