Help please What Amplifier for Penta

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Hello Everyone, I am new to this forum and not very techie when it comes to audio stuff so excuse me if I appear a tad naiive. I have an Onkyo 607 AV amp which, to my ears sounds great for watching films with my Mission M Cube set up. I also run a pair off passive Bang and Olufsaen Penta speakers from it for music. I am told that an amp designed specifically for music (not AV) would vastly improve audio quality. I am happy to buy used and have a budget of up to about £400. Can anyone recommend an amp that would work well with my speakers please?  Many Thanks
 
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Really, can you let me know why you think that is please?
 

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I might ... but first I need my dindin ...

... ah well, may just do it now as I'm here; Todays receivers seem pretty competent. They measure well (especially Onkyo) and often have more power and versatility. There is little reason they won't sound as good as a two channel amplifier.

I doubt you would get a 'vastly' superior sound by spending £400.

But what do I know plus I'm half deaf ...

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I have not heard the B&O Penta speakers but used to own a set of Red Lines...

A dedicated hi-fi amp will almost certainly sound better than an AV amp, displaying greater control and subtlety, realising a more musical performance. I think that a large pair of speakers like the Penta would relish a decent amp with the ability to grip all those drivers!

Not sure what £400 will buy you used but have a look at Naim, Creek, Cyrus, Arcam, Roksan etc etc. You might be surprised what you can pick up that is as nearly as good as new.
 

fr0g

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I agree with dm.

You'll struggle to gain any benefit with a £400 stereo amp. I find AV receivers vastly better value for money.
 

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