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I know that pre-amp and power amp do not seem to be that popular these days but as i already own a nad c355bee intergrated im curious as to weather it is worth adding the pre-amp to the intergrated amp.
I don't know for sure but I read so many excellent reports of the C355BEE that I somehow doubt it is worthwhile.
How about adding a NAD power amp (C275) instead and bi-amping? Or spending out on the C545BEE CD player? (Reputedly a killer combination according to other forummers.)
mmmmmm a new cdp..that reminds of the next step up above the c545, i forget the model number but the next one up has a digital in that i could connect itunes too..mmmmmm your helping me spend my wages chebby lol
If youre going for the 685's then i'd say that there wouldnt be that much in it if you added a power amp IMO
If youre going for the 683's then get the power amp, plug it in, sit back and enjoy!
The 683's will lap up the NAD power and spit it back at you with vengeance!
My mates got the same system apart from he's got the NAD C352 with a NAD C272 power amp and the B&W 683 speakers and a Rega Apollo CDP and the sound is stunning.
The bass weight is scary; i really thought he had his PV1 plugged in it was that deep and powerful! BUT... The bass is fully under control and its a superb listen, more so if youve got some of Masters at Work cranking through it all
Yes im very keen on the 683 as im not that keen on the 7 series and think that the 804 is way overprced and would need hugely expensive amp/cdp to drive them..The 683 is a much more sensibley priced speaker and gives about 80 % of what the 804 gives but at a quarter of the price..
Its looking like bw683 /nad combo is going to be the one i'll feel satisfied with..Pwr amp may be the older c272 as the latest c275 id double the price of c272 here in Brisbane..(world recession no doubt)