Integrated/Power & Speakers for Digital streamers


New member
Aug 10, 2019
On another thread we've been discussing the different options for Hifi rippers and streamers.

I'm looking to partner one of these with an integrated/power amp combo and matching bi-ampable floorstanders.

Has anyone got a setup like this with a digital streamer? Any recommendations?

Thanks in advance



New member
Aug 21, 2009
As well as the suggestions that I made on your last thread (post 5) here:
I would like to add ATC....especially if you want to go the pre/power route (CA2 + P1). Their integrated amp should also have been on the list (SIA2-150); and both these sound well with their own speakers.

Dan Turner

New member
Jul 9, 2007
If you're considering an integrated + power amp, then also consider a better integrated amp utilising your whole amp budget, integrated + power is not always better. Likewise, If you did get an integrated amp consider using your whole cable budget on a better single run of wire instead of twin runs of a cheaper wire.

Hence when you're testing speakers on the end of all this then don't limit yourself only to bi-wirabe models. Sometimes manufacturers make them single-wirable because that is how they will perform best. Often manufacturers will only include bi-wire terminals because the market demands it, even though it is to the slight detriment of the speaker's overall sound quality (obviously that's not always the case).

I find the naim supernait integrated is a great choice for use with a streaming system, especially one where the front end is something like a Sonos or Squeezebox where the limiting factor is the internal DAC, as then SN has a built-in DAC. I use mine with Neat Momentum 3i speakers.

To my earlier point, I went from a Cambridge DAC-magic/Arcam A32/Arcam P35 amp (so an integrated + power, just like you're considering) to the Naim Supernait and the latter is vastly better at a similar price. That's not to say that will always be the case, and you may find different, but it's worth keeping your options open.


New member
Mar 11, 2011
Dan Turner said:
also consider a better integrated amp utilising your whole amp budget, integrated + power is not always better.


you'd be better off if you get yourself a high-end integrated rather than split the budget between middle level components. I doubt you get better performance by going bi-amping route. unless you want to make your system active but that means a lot boxes (preamp + active x-over + 2* power amp) and a lot of cable lenght on the floor (2* normal runs).

anyway, if you're only interested in a passive set-up there's a Graaf GM50 in black to be had for a mere GBP 2300. probably some ex-demo unit. just add some ProAcs or Kudoses or Sonus Fabers and you're good to go.

let me know if you're interested and I'll point you in the right direction ;)


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