Stereo amp for Kef LS50 - Rotel / Musical Fidelity / Creek

Holtman

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Hi,

I own KEF LS50 currently attached to Denon 3805 Reciever + Kef 2001PSW.
I'm looking to upgrade my Denon 3805 to a stereo amplifier.
Currently, I have 3 options for 2nd hand amps ~$500:
1. Musical Fidelity m2si
2. Rotel RA-1062
3. Creek Evolution 50a

What is the best option overall for this setup?
I'm open to hearing other amps as well.
Thanks
 

plastic penguin

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Hi,

I own KEF LS50 currently attached to Denon 3805 Reciever + Kef 2001PSW.
I'm looking to upgrade my Denon 3805 to a stereo amplifier.
Currently, I have 3 options for 2nd hand amps ~$500:
1. Musical Fidelity m2si
2. Rotel RA-1062
3. Creek Evolution 50a

What is the best option overall for this setup?
I'm open to hearing other amps as well.
Thanks
Having demoed the original LS50s, they'll work best with a midrange Marantz, Yamaha (not the 501, as that tends to be too lively), Arcam FMJ 39 or one of the Roksan Kandys (MK3, L3 or K2).

Older Creeks should also be fine, such as Evo 2.
 

Holtman

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Having demoed the original LS50s, they'll work best with a midrange Marantz, Yamaha (not the 501, as that tends to be too lively), Arcam FMJ 39 or one of the Roksan Kandys (MK3, L3 or K2).

Older Creeks should also be fine, such as Evo 2.

I might be able to reach out to Creek Evo 2 / Naim nait 3 / Linn Majik 2nd hand same price tag - these should be a better fit?
 

Holtman

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Not Naim. These older Naims are way too bright, as the KEFs have a lively presentation.

Not heard Linn stuff.

Musical Fidelity should be fine as will higher end NADs, such as the 370

Are you located in the US?
Unfortunately not, located in Europe..
In your opinion Creek Evo 2 should be a good match? I can buy it ~$500
 

plastic penguin

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Unfortunately not, located in Europe..
In your opinion Creek Evo 2 should be a good match? I can buy it ~$500
Okay, just wondered why you are using Dollars and not Euros or pounds.

I would suggest the Creek Evo 2 should be a good match. Plenty of grunt at 85 watts per channel and presentation is on the smoother side of neutral.

Can be picked up for peanuts on the second hand market. It's a fab amp as long as you don't have a turntable -- no built-in phono stage. I almost purchased one years ago, but the phono module took it way over my then budget.
 

record_spot

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If I was going for the passive LS50, I'd want an amp or pre/poweramp with ample power and good damping control. I don't think you'll find that south of £1000 in a hurry. Maybe used, but not new.
 

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