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Hi Im looking for some advice, after a recent post I have decided to upgrade my amplifier, for my system.

Current setup is miniwatt n3 tube amp, project tube box ii, wharfedale 10.1 speakers and pro-ject debut with ortofon blue cart.

Im just not getting the power i need to run the speakers to their full potential.

I have narrowed it down to either the:

 

rotel ra-10

rega brio r

arcam fmj a19

 

If anyone has experience with either of these please let me know.  Also is it worth paying almost double for the rega or the arcam over the rotel ?  or should i buy the rotel and put the rest of the money into other gear etc ?

If you have any other suggestions please also let me know.

 

Cheers

 

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I'm no expert but seeing as it's the vinyl you're having an issue with I'd probably try a decent separate phono stage before throwing out lots of cash on new amps my system improved with

 

just adding one of the Nad boxes PP2I $100 from one of the members here it's a great addition also I can't see why you have to run your speakers to their full potential shouldn't it be till they

 

sound good to your ears no offence I just don't get it.

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I'm no expert but seeing as it's the vinyl you're having an issue with I'd probably try a decent separate phono stage before throwing out lots of cash on new amps my system improved with

 

just adding one of the Nad boxes PP2I $100 from one of the members here it's a great addition also I can't see why you have to run your speakers to their full potential shouldn't it be till they

 

sound good to your ears no offence I just don't get it.

He has a separate phono stage ...... Project Tube Box ii.

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He has a separate phono stage ...... Project Tube Box ii.

Ah fair enough didn't see that.

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Ah fair enough didn't see that.

Thought that was the case, easily done ;)

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Hmm the Miniwatt only outputs 3.5w per channel.  The Wharfdale 10.1's are not that sensitive at 86dB into 6Ohm.

 

I would guess you need to change to more sensitive speakers (possible Zu Audio's?) or consider a different amp which you already seem to be contemplating.

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