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    Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    This amp is for a special purpose, to power my office system. It is important. though, as it is listened to while I research at night for 2.5-3 hours every day of the week. I don't need more than say, 50wpc. I don't need a built in DAC, or any streaming capability. Just a good integrated with a quality sound signature tending towards the warmer end of the spectrum. If I was spending a lot more, I would know the answers. In this price range, I simply don't know many good options. And expertise, opinions and recommendations are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    Might want to check out a Vincent integrated.
    It would fit your description.
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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    You might enjoy a Marantz Reference model before they began including the DAC.

    I'm not overly familiar but warm was my thoughts when hearing an Audio Analogue integrated. Quad as well.
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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by Slapshot View Post
    This amp is for a special purpose, to power my office system. It is important. though, as it is listened to while I research at night for 2.5-3 hours every day of the week. I don't need more than say, 50wpc. I don't need a built in DAC, or any streaming capability. Just a good integrated with a quality sound signature tending towards the warmer end of the spectrum. If I was spending a lot more, I would know the answers. In this price range, I simply don't know many good options. And expertise, opinions and recommendations are greatly appreciated. Thanks.
    I would highly recommend the Luxman 595 Special Edition


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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    Paul, where can I get one for $1500?
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    Cables: Teo Audio, Cerious Tech, Fusion Audio.
    Two dedicated 20 Amp circuits. Shunyata Hydra. EP2050
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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by jadedavid View Post
    Paul, where can I get one for $1500?
    Oh dang. My apologies I read it wrong lol. I add one more zero lol


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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by jadedavid View Post
    Paul, where can I get one for $1500?
    Same thing I thought. If that was possible, my questions would be done.

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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    I can recommend the Job INT - there are a few available used.
    Used job INT amplifier for Sale | HifiShark.com


    Absolutely perfect for an office system.
    Comes with a built in DAC and accepts digital inputs.
    IMO one of the best kept secrets in the audio industry.
    Almost the same circuit as the rest of the Goldmund gear out there.

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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    The NuPrime IDA-8 in my office system isn't going anywhere.

    The Odyssey Cyclops and Rogue Sphinx might also be worth a look.

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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil View Post
    I can recommend the Job INT - there are a few available used.
    Used job INT amplifier for Sale | HifiShark.com


    Absolutely perfect for an office system.
    Comes with a built in DAC and accepts digital inputs.
    IMO one of the best kept secrets in the audio industry.
    Almost the same circuit as the rest of the Goldmund gear out there.

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    Thanks for a very good recommendation, Nikhil. Although all of them on the link from Hi-FiShark are sold, I'll keep my eye open but they seem to be pretty sparse. Likely a combination of them being discontinued in 2016, and owners not wanting to part with such a great value.

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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by jadedavid View Post
    Might want to check out a Vincent integrated.
    It would fit your description.
    Thanks for the recommendation. I had thought about one of the Vincent SV 200's but I'm not entirely sure that the 25 wpc will sync well with the 8 ohm 86db sensitivity speakers I have.

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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by Slapshot View Post
    Thanks for a very good recommendation, Nikhil. Although all of them on the link from Hi-FiShark are sold, I'll keep my eye open but they seem to be pretty sparse. Likely a combination of them being discontinued in 2016, and owners not wanting to part with such a great value.
    Where are you located?
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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Where are you located?
    I'm in the mid Michigan area

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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by Slapshot View Post
    I'm in the mid Michigan area
    Ah, okay. Thank you
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    NAD C 658 streamer.

    First Watt SIT-3, Job 250 Monos, 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)

    Topping D90, RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES.

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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    The SV-500 has 50 watts@8 ohms and 80 watts@4 ohms
    Should be more than enough to meet your volume needs.
    AudioAdvisor in Grand Rapids MI has them new and it's in your price range.
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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    Van Alstine Vision SET 120 Control amp $1299 brand new with 30 day money back guaranty. Plus you can actually call the owner of the company and talk to him on the phone about the amp, your speakers and your overall setup.

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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    Not integrated but check out the amp and preamp already assembled.

    GT-102 Stereo Power Amplifier

    I have the amp and it’s absolutely wonderful and the amp is dead quiet, scary quiet.
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    Fleetwood Deville by Oswald Mills Audio, Vienna Acoustics Haydn Jubilee, Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Job INTegrated. Luxman L-595aSE

    NAD C 658 streamer.

    First Watt SIT-3, Job 250 Monos, 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)

    Topping D90, RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES.

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

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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    Atoll is another good value with a nice sound.
    Aurender ACS10 w/Audioquest Diamond USB,
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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    I have seen older Prima Luna tube amps sell for about this amount. From what I understand is that they are reliable and have a warmish sound.
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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    Just curious, are you using a dac? If so which one? Using you Dac as a pre (if you can) will give you more options.

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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by Arcman View Post
    Just curious, are you using a dac? If so which one? Using you Dac as a pre (if you can) will give you more options.
    I understand, part of the time I will be using a DAC, part not. But the DAC has no volume control or related capability.

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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    Unico Primo. Has single 12AX7 in the preamp stage. I own one and love it.
    Belles Aria.
    Atoll amps.

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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    Lumin M1 is surprisingly good, and includes streamer and DAC. I know you don't need those, but there they are, all in one unit, in any case. And it fits your budget used, and sounds great.
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    Re: Best Integrated Amp, New Or Used (up to ten years old) $1,500.00 Or Less - With A Warm Sound?

    Exposure 3010. Sugden a21. Nad m2. Musical Fidelity m5si. All, of these can be found for around $1500 used and they all fit your needs based on my experience owning them.
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