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Need speaker suggestions for my Arcam A-49 amp.

hilroy48

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Well it looks like i have sold my B&W CM-10 speakers, and will be looking for a set of stand mounts for the replacement. So this amp is known to be dry and lack character by some reviews i have read. So i am asking is there anyone else out in the audio world, with this amp, and if so what are you running for speakers. I am going to be purchasing a parasound zdac v2 as well. This setup is in my basement, i use it for listening when i am down there building my model railroad layout. so this is a well padded room, full carpet, insulated walls and t-bar ceiling.

I was entertaining the idea of a set of Dynaudio Evoke 20 speakers.
 

amormusic

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I think that all suggestions will be wrong. It would sound disastrous and the only right thing to do would be to sell it to me 👍

Who want's an A39, when the OP realises the impending sound disaster? 😂
 

amormusic

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I think that all suggestions will be wrong. It would sound disastrous and the only right thing to do would be to sell it to me 👍

Who want's an A39, when the OP realises the impending sound disaster? 😂
Being serious though, if you are a member of hifi wigwam a good person to ask this question to would be TheFlash who has had one of these (and many others!) for a long time and has tried many speakers with it.
 

hilroy48

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So you’re selling the Arcam, but you want new speakers to pair with it? Can you explain a bit further?
Sorry the guy had mentioned he wanted an Arcam A49? I said its for sale. If i sell the amp before i make a speaker purchase, then i move the NAD amp to the basement. If not them i Keep the Arcam Amp for the rest of my life.
 

nopiano

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Sorry the guy had mentioned he wanted an Arcam A49? I said its for sale. If i sell the amp before i make a speaker purchase, then i move the NAD amp to the basement. If not them i Keep the Arcam Amp for the rest of my life.
Ok, thanks for the clarification. I think it would be worth keeping the Arcam unless you need the funds, because then you’re not limited in your choice of speaker. The challenge may be in ‘overcoming’ the room.

It might be that DSP would be useful, but I’ve not used this myself other than in Linn’s specific Sound Optimisation configuration, which only requires measurement of the room, openings, materials etc.
However, if it’s more that you want background listening superior to a radio, then something from Neat might work, like the Iota Alpha.
 
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hilroy48

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Ok, thanks for the clarification. I think it would be worth keeping the Arcam unless you need the funds, because then you’re not limited in your choice of speaker. The challenge may be in ‘overcoming’ the room.

It might be that DSP would be useful, but I’ve not used this myself other than in Linn’s specific Sound Optimisation configuration, which only requires measurement of the room, openings, materials etc.
However, if it’s more that you want background listening superior to a radio, then something from Neat might work, like the Iota Alpha.
Thank you for the reply, i will be doing some research.
 

hilroy48

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I know that what sounds good in someone else's space etc isn't going to sound the same to me or in my space. i am really just wanting to know what guys have paired with the Arcam amps and what they are happy with. it will at least give me a direction to look in.
 

millennia_one

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I admit not your amp. But i have heard some proarc's on some arcam gear and sound really good to me . And as they will be in the basement maybe look at the little tablett 10s and go from there
 

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