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Hi All

 

I am researching the best choice of Integrated Amplifier (2 channel) for my Monitor Audio Silver 200.  Interested in finding out what current owners of MA Silver 200 are using as their amplifier and their view of how  the amp works with the speakers.

 

Thanks

 

Neil

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If you don’t get answers try googling around for reviews of the speakers and what people found amp matches well.

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@fernei01

This does depend quite a lot on your budget, however at the entry level I strongly recommend the Rega Brio. I have heard and used this amplifier  with various MAs over the years and the latest model is a superb match.

If you could advise regarding your budget and the other components in your system, that would make suggestions much easier.

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Hi Rantan 

 

Budget is around $2k to $2.5k.  On my shortlist so far  are Musical Fidelity m3si (have listened to the M5si and it was very good), Rega Elex R and HegelH95. I am not interested in having digital components-DACS etc) as I want to spend my money on good amplification so Hegel is not a top on the list and its also quite expensive. Would like power of  about 85 watts per channel which is what my current amp is.  I would like a Musical Fidelity M5Si if I can get it for a good price (budget can be stretched a little bit for it)

 

I have also thought about the Cambridge Audio CXA81 but I feel like I might be paying for all the digital stuff which I want to manage via an external DAC hooked up to my Blueslund Node 2i.

 

Thanks for your help!

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Hi Neil.

I really think you are on the right track with the MF amplifiers. I had an M5si, which I used with my  Silver 500 and it was absolutely superb( and to this day I have no idea why I sold the MF)

With Monitor Audio, current is far more important than watts and I think the M3si would be excellent as a partner. Of course the M5si would be better but thankfully the house sound is very similar. What you gain with the extra current of the M5si is better dynamics and detail, but you won't go wrong either way and the M3si will definitely work superbly.

 

Personally, I would avoid the CXA 81 because as you say ,you are paying a premium for the DAC and the associated digital circuitry. Also, the sonic signature of the Cambridge does not make for good synergy with the MA and reliability/ parts quality are far superior with the MF.

 

I also tried my Silver 500  with a Hegel amp and I didn't enjoy the pairing at all.

It just seemed to squeeze the life and vitality out of the MAs and (IMO ) you can get better sound for less.

 

Either of the Rega amps would work very well, but I feel  there is something intangible  about the Brio that just works a treat and I have used a Brio over the years with many of my in-house-at-the-time MA speakers ( and a variety of others also ).

 

Cheers.

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Hi Neil,

 

I approached your challenge from the opposite direction, ie I already had the  Elex R and was looking for speakers to match. I tested the MA Silver 200’s at Carlton AV and the pairing was impressive...much better than the (overly warm) Marantz PM8006 / MA combo that was already set up when I went in. The Elex R is essentially a beefed-up Brio with trickle-down tech from the Elicit. At 72 watts into 8 Ohms / 90 watts into 6 Ohms should be up to the job.

 

Go talk to the people at Carlton AV and have a listen for yourself (no affiliation).

 

Cheers,

 

Rohan.

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6 hours ago, rantan said:

Hi Neil.

I really think you are on the right track with the MF amplifiers. I had an M5si, which I used with my  Silver 500 and it was absolutely superb( and to this day I have no idea why I sold the MF)

With Monitor Audio, current is far more important than watts and I think the M3si would be excellent as a partner. Of course the M5si would be better but thankfully the house sound is very similar. What you gain with the extra current of the M5si is better dynamics and detail, but you won't go wrong either way and the M3si will definitely work superbly.

 

Personally, I would avoid the CXA 81 because as you say ,you are paying a premium for the DAC and the associated digital circuitry. Also, the sonic signature of the Cambridge does not make for good synergy with the MA and reliability/ parts quality are far superior with the MF.

 

I also tried my Silver 500  with a Hegel amp and I didn't enjoy the pairing at all.

It just seemed to squeeze the life and vitality out of the MAs and (IMO ) you can get better sound for less.

 

Either of the Rega amps would work very well, but I feel  there is something intangible  about the Brio that just works a treat and I have used a Brio over the years with many of my in-house-at-the-time MA speakers ( and a variety of others also ).

 

Cheers.

Thank you rantan that's very useful info, I am leaning towards an MF or Rega and once I listen to them it may boil down to price as well.

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30 minutes ago, Hifigoose said:

Hi Neil,

 

I approached your challenge from the opposite direction, ie I already had the  Elex R and was looking for speakers to match. I tested the MA Silver 200’s at Carlton AV and the pairing was impressive...much better than the (overly warm) Marantz PM8006 / MA combo that was already set up when I went in. The Elex R is essentially a beefed-up Brio with trickle-down tech from the Elicit. At 72 watts into 8 Ohms / 90 watts into 6 Ohms should be up to the job.

 

Go talk to the people at Carlton AV and have a listen for yourself (no affiliation).

 

Cheers,

 

Rohan.

Thank you Rohan,  that is good to know. I will go  to Carlton Audio as they have both Rega and Musical Fidelity (will take my own amp for comparison so I know how much I am stepping up in sound quality).

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On 18/01/2021 at 6:55 PM, fernei01 said:

Thank you Rohan,  that is good to know. I will go  to Carlton Audio as they have both Rega and Musical Fidelity (will take my own amp for comparison so I know how much I am stepping up in sound quality).

I don't know if you have made your decision yet, but I did the same and auditioned a number of amps at Carlton Audio to pair with my Silver 500s, including MF, Rega, Cambridge Audio, Rotel and several others. The staff there were very helpful and basically replicated my home system and swapped a number of amps in for me to audition. I ended up with the Rega Elex-R.

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Well @Cafad once said to me that the Brio had a slightly warmer sound than the Elex. I guess it depends on the kindof sound you are after. I personally think MA speakers are on the brighter side of neutral so would tend to go for the Brio on what cafad said. I have read that MF is a very good match however haven't heard one myself. I did once have a pair of MA Bronze 1's and ran them with a Exposure 2010S2 which was a very very good match indeed. So although above your budget, this may be worth a thought. The guys at Audiofix may have some idea.

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Hi Neil,

 

I do have a spare Brio if you wanted to borrow it and have a listen. Struggling to let it go as I know how good they are. I am in the SE. If keen please PM me. 

 

I figure it is always best to listen and test equipment in your own home with your cables etc.

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