BigH said:drummerman said:Electro said:GustavAP said:The Norweigian currency is valued unusually low compared with the Swedish SEK, at the moment.
That puts the Abrahamsen (including shipping) at the exactly same price as the Rega Brio-R and the Cambridge CXA60, and just under the Marantz PM7005.
The Cambridge and the Marantz come with nice features (Phono + DAC Marantz and DAC Cambridge) so that I could get rid of the extra boxes, however this is not prioritezed. But those of you suggesting Abrahamsen, would you say it stand out that much from these midrange amplifiers?
Really ! Well in that case the Abrahamsen is even more of a bargain for you, all the other amps you mention are not even close spec wise.
The Abrahamsen has a 1000va transformer and a very large power supply and is conservatively rated at 70wpc into 8 ohms and 140wpc into 4 ohms , it delivers a massive amount of current and will drive any speaker connected to it effortlessly without breaking a sweat not to mention enormous amounts of transient power.
It is a true high end amplifier for an amazing price.
You could add an external phono stage and dac for a little more money which would make things more flexible in future.
The V 2.0 UP is the sort amp you could keep all your life and never have to upgrade.
Ah, the usual SonofAbraham script.
Question is, do you want to make music or spot welding
Its also the size of a house and has as much design flair as the front of a Gbrf class 66 Diesel Locomotive.
Instead, to keep you wife (and yourself) happy, why not try cyrus's 8a?
Kidding, I am sure the big A is a decent amp and seems great value for money, at least considering the amount of metal you get. Some other good choices in this thread too but I also have to ask where you think your 316 is exactly lacking? A local HifiRetailer once said to me that the 315BEE (predecessor) is all the amplifier anyone probably would ever need. - They sold MF, Arcam, Rega etc. and I myself was on here quoting a visit I made where the little NAD and matching CD player sounded superb.
Cyrus have design flair? I think Cyrus look ugly and so do many others. Big and heavy is a good thing with amps? Better than some kids shoebox?
BelCanto, Benchmark and many others may disagree with you ... .