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Thread: Best amp recommendations to compliment the Sierra Towers or Sierra 2EX

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    Default Best amp recommendations to compliment the Sierra Towers or Sierra 2EX

    Surveying the forum for amplifier recommendations to pair with Sierra Towers and Sierra 2EX both with RAAL, as I have not quite made my mind up on which will be my next set of speakers.

    I am focusing on a 2 channel listening experience for both digital and turntable music listening.

    My primary genres: Jazz, Funk, R&B Soul, Singer-Songwriter, Alternative Rock and a sprinkle of Hip-Hop

    Looking for an amplifier that can handle a Moving Coil or a Moving Magnet phono cartridge for vinyl listening.

    Overall I like a neutral and natural sound. I want to hear the music exactly as it was intended to be heard.

    Someone mentioned that Dave recommends Class AB amplifiers for his speakers, if that helps.

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    Default Re: Best amp recommendations to compliment the Sierra Towers or Sierra 2EX

    From your other post, currently you are using a Technics turntable, as I recall.
    What's the rest of your system currently, particularly preamp (or AVR/integrated/etc.) and amp?
    Looking for a pure amplifier (which likely will not have a phono stage/input) or integrated amp (which may)?
    Would you consider a stand-alone phono stage?
    Solid state or tube or hybrid?
    Overall budget?

    You are correct - Dave did recommend AB (Class A would work as well, but alot more $ and heat), particularly over Class D (particularly with RAALs as some may be sensitive to the high frequencies that they can reproduce from the class D).

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    Default Re: Best amp recommendations to compliment the Sierra Towers or Sierra 2EX

    If you value sound quality above fancy equipment and can do without a remote, this offers excellent performance:
    https://avahifi.com/collections/powe...trol-amplifier

    https://avahifi.com/collections/for-...o-preamplifier

    You save $100 on the phono preamp when purchased together.
    Ed

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    Default Re: Best amp recommendations to compliment the Sierra Towers or Sierra 2EX

    Thanks for posting those, Ed. They look interesting.

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