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Which amp for NS10? Studio Monitors
Old 19th October 2008
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Which amp for NS10?

Im currently upgrading my recent setup from and old Telefunken RA 100 amp and thinking which amp is the best one for my NS 10's in the 200-400$ range.

I've checked some old threads where many people reccomeded those amps:

-Yamaha P-2200

-Yamaha P-3200

-Yamaha P-2100

It looks like P-2200 may win the competition but it's also hard to find as Im living in Europe so the question is what's the real difference between P-2200 and the rest? Is it realy worth to wait for an opportunity to buy it?
Old 20th October 2008
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In this low-end range, you should also consider the Adcom amps... search and you'll find plenty here about those...
Old 20th October 2008
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Old Bryston 3 or 4B. Ive seen 15 year old 3B's on Craigslist for $300 (so still has 5 years warranty left)
Old 20th October 2008
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Thanks for your interest. I just bought P2200 for 250$
Old 20th October 2008
i got the p2200 earlier this year and think it sounds awesome. paid 120euro.
Old 20th October 2008
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I am typing this while my computer monitor is sitting on top of a P-2200 as a monitor stand. I guess I should put this thing into service on the NS-10's, though I have to wonder if it would sound any better than the way over watted ALtec amp on the NS-10's now... Guess I can give it a try and see.
Old 20th October 2008
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I use the power section of an old Marantz 1122 DC for my Ns10s and it works like a charm.
Old 20th October 2008
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Originally Posted by SeanBlack View Post
Old Bryston 3 or 4B. Ive seen 15 year old 3B's on Craigslist for $300 (so still has 5 years warranty left)
Yes... Bryston!

Of course being a Canadian... I am kinda biased haha
Old 21st October 2008
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Thirty other threads asking this question. You should revive one of those threads.
Old 31st October 2008
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Well I am going to revive this thread if you don't mind

Besides the Bryston and old yamaha amps, what amps can you guys recommend for us Europeans in the ~400 Euro range? The Brystons are difficult to get here and I've yet to find one of those old yamaha amps for sale.

Any suggestions from other Europeans with NS10's? Thanks in advance.
Old 31st October 2008
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Yes, Harman Kardon Citation 16, Harman Kardon 430 or 730 (both very old recievers)
Old 1st November 2008
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i use the alesis ra-300. very nice! and cheap. ($120 on ebay)
Old 1st November 2008
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Thanks for all your feedback!

Any suggestions for if I want to buy something new and not 2nd hand?
Old 4th November 2008
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will ns10m's blow with 450W

Hello sorry if im in the wrong place, first ever post here.

Just got some v good cond NS-10m's

is it too much to run them with my CP200 Yamaha power amp

Spec here........
Yamaha CP2000 stereo power amplifier
Output power per channel:
650W continuous @4 Ohm 1kHz
450W continuous @8 Ohm 1kHz
1000W continuous @2 Ohm 1kHz
(Bridge) 1300W continuous @8 Ohm 1kHz
(Bridge) 2000W continuous @ 4 Ohm 1kHz
Frequency response: 20hz - 50kHz ±1dB @1W
Power bandwidth: 10Hz - 40kHz half power
Signal to Noise Ratio: >104dB 12.7kHz LPF
THD: <0.1% from 20Hz to 20kHz half power
IM Distortion: <0.1% 60Hz - 7kHz half power
Damping factor: >200 @8 Ohm 1kHz
Voltage gain: 33.8dB
Input impedance: 30k Ohms (balanced)
15k Ohms (unbalanced)
Mains power: 230 VAC 50 Hz
Power consumption: 400W
Weight: 14kg (6.4lbs)
Dimensions: 480 x 88 x 416mm (2u 19" std)

spec source thanks to..

My guess is its too much but iv heard about running high power amps with ns10's? or any monitors for that matter??

I will prob end up using a Quad 303 with them. maybe even 2 x 303's if i can get hold of another.
Thank You cyber world of cleaver ppl. :-)

Old 4th November 2008
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thermos's Avatar
Seriously, check the other threads.

Ahem.....Adcom GFA 545
Old 4th November 2008
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It maybe overkill, I use a QSC RMA 860 power amp. Sounds Great.....
Old 5th November 2008
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is it good with alesis Ra 150?
Old 5th November 2008
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I use a Telefunken STP1 power amp (not pro, consumer!!!). And they sound better than with my dead Crown. Pretty good IMO.
Old 16th January 2009
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What about "Technical Pro" amps ? how good are they?
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