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Hi all,

 

So I have been running the below for as long as i can remember in my study, and have been happy so far. 

However, I have now moved into a bigger room and have access to a pair of Krix Equinox, So have retired the Cambridge S30s..

Now the problem arises,  that King Rex can sometimes struggle with the occasional times I like to listen away from the PC at louder volume levels..

 

Cambridge S30

KingRex T AMP/PSU 

Asus STX/PC

 

My question is which of the following would you suggest to replace the King Rex with? and what would be a good sonic fit for the Krix  (I will miss the King Rex :(

 

NAD 3020

Denon PMA 30

Yamaha WXA- 50

 

As you can see I am looking for a small desktop style amplifier. The Yamaha is the current pick due to price and features, it also gets good reviews over on ASR..

 

Thanks for your time

 

Dan

 

 

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I've been using a Nad d7050 in a pc desktop role for some time, it has been faultless.

Have a look at the nad D3045 if possible.

 

Cambridge Audio One works a treat too for a small footprint.

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I was considering getting a D3020 or WXA-50. I was leaning towards the Yamaha in price $519 compared to $639 from the lowest prices I could find.

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NAD D3045 sounds wonderful connected to my PC.  Use a hifi grade usb cable.  From phone using aptx-hd it is also excellent.  D3020 doesn't have Bluetooth aptx-hd or MQA as far as I know.

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Yep, I use a NAD 3020. No MQA or phono. But sounds excellent with the KEF LS50s. Plenty of volume, great detail and truly excellent imaging. 

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So, to update the thread I ended up going with a Yamaha WXA.  Well i might not be able to live with it, it may seem :(

 

Too my untrained ears the music (songs i listen to regularly) now seem too bright and fatiguing.

 

Although the King Rex didn't have enough juice for loud volumes. The King Rex was just sooo more laid back, drew me into the music, the Yamaha kinda slaps you in the face..

 

Anyway I will give it a few more weeks and see :)

 

It does make me nervous when the time comes to upgrade my old HK970/ Mavrick Dac combo..

Just goes to show that the advice of Audition, Audition, Audition, that is preached here might be the best possible advice given around these parts lol.. 

 

 

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ASR reviews are one thing, listening yourself is another.

 

Bummer that it has not worked out as hoped :(

 

Can you return/exchange it where you purchased it from?

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Yes, I  have run a small treble reduction EQ, which makes it much more pleasing :)  but the purist in me wants the King Rex back lol....

I am currently switching back and forth.

The Yamaha has so much more detail and high end treble, maybe I am just not used to it?

The vocals on the King Rex are just much more pleasant.

It is possible that the Yamaha is just not a good match for the Krix, which in turn is good to know moving forward into upgrading my main system.

I now know i prefer a (warm sound?) 

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 To update, 

After a little more research, I have found there are multiple options for this amp once you download the Music cast app.

In the app there is the function to turn down highs, mids, and lows.  So after applying a small 2 db reduction to the highs this amp is really starting to sing, much more power on tap and the detail is fantastic imo..

Plus with all the options and features, it is truly a remarkable product for the price :)

 The PC audio is sorted for now. except for some small stands for the Equinox..

Time to look at the main system, hmmn turntable or upgrade speakers ? New thread soon lol.

 

 

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I believe they are the originals, I won't be able to confirm until I am back home in a week. It is a good combo IMO, plus the bonus of being able to tweak the sound to your preference, however I am a novice in these things, as you can tell by this thread. 

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New from Clef Hi-fi, $520. I have seen them pop up second hand occasionally. The original plan was to go with a Nad 3020, but didn't feel that was enough power to get the most out of the Krix. 

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@ryan234 there was Bel Canto amp in the classifieds which is a compact form factor and i believe well regarded/reviewed.  Worth considering if it's still there.

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