Hi, I’m desperately looking for advice on a new amp and speakers. Since I’m not an expert, I visited several shops but each time come out with different and conflicting information… Speakers: my preferred options would be the MA RX8 or the B&W CM8 Amp: I was advised that with the MA, the best option is the NAD C375BEE, or the Arcam FMJ a32 or a38. Another shop advised the B&W in connection with a Music Hall a25.5 and yet another with the Musci Hall 35.5 (which the first shop said would be too heavy for the speakers…). Any advice is welcome, as well as other options ! Thanks again for advising me !
Yes, the MAs are best with any amp that doesn't provoke fatigue: Arcam, Nad, Creek, Roksan Kandy, Audio Analogue, midrange Yamaha, Leema* and any valve-based amp.
Brands to avoid: Rotel, Cyrus, budget Marantz, Cambridge Audio, budget Yamaha...
The above is not set in stone, depends heavily on room acoustics and source.
If you go with B&W the perfect partner is Rotel, Roksan, Quad, Yamaha.
The best advice is to audition afew combinations and decide for yourself.