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DMacanT

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So I'm in the hunt for an amp upgrade. Thinking of the Arcam SA 20 or Rega Elex R.

Thoughts?

Current set up

T/T - Pro-Ject Debut Carbon with acrylic platter

Cartridge - Ortofon 2m Blue

Phono Stage - MoFi Ultra Phono

Speakers - Dali Menuet

Amp - Denon PM520AE
 

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So I'm in the hunt for an amp upgrade. Thinking of the Arcam SA 20 or Rega Elex R.

Thoughts?

Current set up

T/T - Pro-Ject Debut Carbon with acrylic platter

Cartridge - Ortofon 2m Blue

Phono Stage - MoFi Ultra Phono

Speakers - Dali Menuet

Amp - Denon PM520AE
So we are in the £1000 price range give or take?

Edit: That's kind of a weird price point. There should be tons of amps to choose from, but there aren't. What about the Marantz PM- 8006?

Arcam isn't very popular here in the States, so no opinion or experience. Sorry.

The Rega is a nice amp as well.
 
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@Mather has an Arcam if I recall correctly. He can share his opinions, I don't want to speak for him.

From the two you listed, I'd be going with Rega. The price point is better over there, it's a highly respected unit, and they have a huge dealer network and great resale if you upgrade later or have any issues.
 

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So I'm in the hunt for an amp upgrade. Thinking of the Arcam SA 20 or Rega Elex R.

Thoughts?

Current set up

T/T - Pro-Ject Debut Carbon with acrylic platter

Cartridge - Ortofon 2m Blue

Phono Stage - MoFi Ultra Phono

Speakers - Dali Menuet

Amp - Denon PM520AE
I haven’t heard the Arcam but did listen to the Elex R at my local paired with Totem Hawks. Had a really nice sound. Open, slightly warm maybe. I’d recommend a listen.
 

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So I'm in the hunt for an amp upgrade. Thinking of the Arcam SA 20 or Rega Elex R.

Thoughts?

Current set up

T/T - Pro-Ject Debut Carbon with acrylic platter

Cartridge - Ortofon 2m Blue

Phono Stage - MoFi Ultra Phono

Speakers - Dali Menuet

Amp - Denon PM520AE
Cloney out in Blackrock stock both Arcam and Rega products. They’re really nice people (i bought a whole load of cables off them in January) and I’m sure if you rang them in advance that they’d arrange a demo for you of those two and perhaps a couple more you hadn’t thought of in your price range. They may also let you bring your phono stage in too so it can give you a better idea.

The only issue is parking in Blackrock is a bitch haha!
 

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So I'm in the hunt for an amp upgrade. Thinking of the Arcam SA 20 or Rega Elex R.

Thoughts?

Current set up

T/T - Pro-Ject Debut Carbon with acrylic platter

Cartridge - Ortofon 2m Blue

Phono Stage - MoFi Ultra Phono

Speakers - Dali Menuet

Amp - Denon PM520AE
I've got the Rega Elex-R. I've had it about 2 months now, having upgraded from a Marantz PM6006. Personally I think the amp is simply superb. I demo'd a number of other amps, including; Rega Brio (nice but not as much punch and weight as the Elex) and the Naim 5si (lovely but a little clinical for me).

For me the Rega looks nice and clean, and doesn't waste money on bells and whistles that I don't need.
 

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I got the Marantz PM8006 and I really enjoy it. I got it off ebay from Safe and Sound refurb for like $800 during an ebay electronic sale. It looked brand new in every way and would cosign that dealer. Ebay runs 20% sales randomly if you time it right.
 
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This is a purely speculative question, since I don't know if I am insane enough to do it, but I reasoned that I may have enough room on my desk at work to set up my backup AT-LP120 so I could listen to records when I am work. I'd have to do it through headphones, so would I need to get a headphone amp for that? If so, what's a good budget priced (sub-$100, preferably) headphone amp?
 

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This is a purely speculative question, since I don't know if I am insane enough to do it, but I reasoned that I may have enough room on my desk at work to set up my backup AT-LP120 so I could listen to records when I am work. I'd have to do it through headphones, so would I need to get a headphone amp for that? If so, what's a good budget priced (sub-$100, preferably) headphone amp?
You would. Have you looked a schitt’s website, they do a headphone amp that’s roughly in that bracket.
 

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So I'm in the hunt for an amp upgrade. Thinking of the Arcam SA 20 or Rega Elex R.

Thoughts?

Current set up

T/T - Pro-Ject Debut Carbon with acrylic platter

Cartridge - Ortofon 2m Blue

Phono Stage - MoFi Ultra Phono

Speakers - Dali Menuet

Amp - Denon PM520AE
I have run Dynaudio speakers for some time. They are hard to drive and limited to certain amps. Not sure how the Dali's are, but that is one thing to consider. I got down to 2 amps late last year - the new Parasound Halo's and Musical Fidelity MS line. I went balls to the wall and got the MS6si. I wanted something that had come down in price and the new Halo's were just getting in the market.
 

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So I'm in the hunt for an amp upgrade. Thinking of the Arcam SA 20 or Rega Elex R.

Thoughts?

Current set up

T/T - Pro-Ject Debut Carbon with acrylic platter

Cartridge - Ortofon 2m Blue

Phono Stage - MoFi Ultra Phono

Speakers - Dali Menuet

Amp - Denon PM520AE
I've got the Arcam 550 and I like it although really it's an entirely different beast than the SA 20. Sooooo I can't really say whether it would be a better buy than your other options. But I agree that if you can give them a listen that's the best bet. I'm running a Ort Black and a Rega Aria stage so my system is very neutral, I upgraded to BIS Vivat cables in order to warm everything up a little so that worked out well for me.
 

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i'm a total noob when it comes to the tech side of things but had a question.in my bedroom setup i'm using the Dayton Audio DTA-120BT Class D Mini Amp Output power: 60 watts RMS x 2 @ 4 ohms for my speakers i'm using the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Nominal Impedance 6 ohms speakers.my question is how many true watts rms are my speakers putting out.
 

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i'm a total noob when it comes to the tech side of things but had a question.in my bedroom setup i'm using the Dayton Audio DTA-120BT Class D Mini Amp Output power: 60 watts RMS x 2 @ 4 ohms for my speakers i'm using the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Nominal Impedance 6 ohms speakers.my question is how many true watts rms are my speakers putting out.
Your amp most likely is putting out around 40 watts per channel into 6 ohms.
 

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So I'm in the hunt for an amp upgrade. Thinking of the Arcam SA 20 or Rega Elex R.

Thoughts?

Current set up

T/T - Pro-Ject Debut Carbon with acrylic platter

Cartridge - Ortofon 2m Blue

Phono Stage - MoFi Ultra Phono

Speakers - Dali Menuet

Amp - Denon PM520AE
I’m biased as I have a Rega Brio-R in my office setup and thinks it’s a great little amp. So I’d probably recommend the Rega, but also mention the Yamaha A-S801. Those Yammy Integrated’s are pretty killer.
 
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