Have you tried the CR603 on its own merits? If so, how does it compare to the Audiolab?FNQ_Chris said:Yeah v.strange ref post going AWOL but thanks for replying guys all the same.
8000A now pretty long in the tooth & over the years has needed several running repairs mainly i/p posts disintegrating. It runs hot &living in Cooktown FNQ Australia probably doesn’t help but as a result some of the pcb tracks have started lifting around where I’ve had to make repairs & has meant soldering in bridging wires to keep it going. Sounds lovely still but 25 years between amps isn’t bad going.
Main source is a Marantz CR603 which I render 16bit 44KHZ bit for bit copies of my CD’s as well as a growing 24bit 96Khz hi res file collection. Aux out from CR603 feeds 8000A biwired to & a pair of Mission 753 floorstanding speakers. I also have a Marantz CD94 with a Meridian 203 DAC but that pair is also great but doesn’t get much use now my whole cd collection is bit for bit digitised.
I’ve been eyeing the Marantz PM6004 for a while but my shortlist also includes the Rega Brio-R, Cyrus 6A & now the Rotel RA-10 (although not yet available here in Australia).
I like the Rega for it’s simplicity as I never utilised the tone circuit or headphone input on the 8000A so not having those on the Rega kind of seems right. I’m a big Marantz fan so negating what I’ve just said I do hanker towards the PM6004.
I just wondered what people thought of those amps mentioned, which would be best for my Mission 753’s & if there is any other more suitable amps that maybe I’ve neglected.
Someone mentioned a Denon PMA 1510 but I’ve not heard anything of this as such.
Hope there is plenty views – Thanks all