Whalfdale linton heritage

aversaurus

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I'm looking for a good amplifier match for my whalfdale linton heritage speakers.
I buy most of my hifi equipment used so I'm open to second hand hifi .
I like a large rich sound nothing bright .
I have a DAC and streamer so I'm just after the amplifier.
All advice welcome
 

aversaurus

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For a used amp I'm thinking in the £500/£600 range .
It would only be connected to a DAC and cd player .
It would only be used for music.
 

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For a used amp I'm thinking in the £500/£600 range .
It would only be connected to a DAC and cd player .
It would only be used for music.
Arcam A39 should have the smoothness you're after. But a good one will be closer to £700.
For something a little more open then a Leema Pulse would do the trick nicely. Or perhaps a Creek Evo (original or MK2 version) should be the biz
 

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I can't decide it's down to a roksan k2 or the arcam A39 in the last 10 years I have owned both of them before but with vastly different speakers .
In some reviews it says the Leema pulse an sound a bit lean with some speakers .
 

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I can't decide it's down to a roksan k2 or the arcam A39 in the last 10 years I have owned both of them before but with vastly different speakers .
In some reviews it says the Leema pulse an sound a bit lean with some speakers .
All these amps are cracking for the price. Like humans they all have their distinct traits: the Arcam is typical Arcam smoothness, while the Kandy K2 is very ballsy. The Pulse, as I've owned it since 2010, incorporates most of the other traits but with a little more agility. The Pulse is slightly leaner, but that difference isn't even worth considering. It is only slight.
 

plastic penguin

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I can't decide it's down to a roksan k2 or the arcam A39 in the last 10 years I have owned both of them before but with vastly different speakers .
In some reviews it says the Leema pulse an sound a bit lean with some speakers .
In addition, I've heard the Leema more recently with Kef LS50, last year with Wharfedale Denton 80th Anniversary & Harbeth P3 XD and they didn't lack in terms of bass. Of course they didn't project the lower frequencies as much as my PMCs - the PMCs have a larger cabinet and mid/bass driver. It's all relative.
 

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Oddly, there seems to be a few 1st gen Leema on Fleebay at the mo. There's a black one I wouldn't touch as it has a faulty phono stage. The most expensive one is from a dealer in Wales. They offer a returns.
 

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In addition, I've heard the Leema more recently with Kef LS50, last year with Wharfedale Denton 80th Anniversary & Harbeth P3 XD and they didn't lack in terms of bass. Of course they didn't project the lower frequencies as much as my PMCs - the PMCs have a larger cabinet and mid/bass driver. It's all relative.
What did you think of the Denton 80s? I had these for a bit. Didn't know what the fuss was all about. My Elac debut b5 sounded much more engaging and involving.
 

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What did you think of the Denton 80s? I had these for a bit. Didn't know what the fuss was all about. My Elac debut b5 sounded much more engaging and involving.
TBH, mix views really. For a £500 or so speakers they did certain things well, on the flipside, they weren't quite the retro sounding speaker I was hoping to hear. Looked great though
 

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