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Power Amp Suggestions for Yamaha NS 10's
Old 8th August 2005
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Power Amp Suggestions for Yamaha NS 10's

I was curious to know which power amp to get for my Yamaha NS 10's.

Bryston 2B was originally my choice but I haven't been able to find one. An acquaintence mentioned a Crown amp but I forgot the model. Or is there another amp to consider?
Old 8th August 2005
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Go onto www.audiogon.com There is always a lot of used Bryston amps on there for good prices. Lots of 3bst and 4bst amps. Auidiogon is like an all audio ebay.
Old 8th August 2005
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Adcom GFA 545.

Corky James tried the Brystons but felt they were too cloudy in the tops. He's gone to all Adcom amps now.

I use them myself as there is no better amp for the money.
BTW, like many things great, they are not made anymore so you need to find used one's.

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Old 8th August 2005
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This topic has been covered tons of times(do a search).


These days i am using a Perreaux.


Much cleaner and smoother at the top than Brystons on NS10's.


I also love it on an Auratone.
Old 8th August 2005
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Quote:
Originally Posted by thethrillfactor
These days i am using a Perreaux.
Tell me, did your back hurt after installing it???

-any old crown D-60 or DC300, yamaha gets the job done as well.
Old 8th August 2005
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The Perreaux (spelling?) sounds amazing on NS10's.

A little pricey but you won't keep blowing like I do with my Hafler.

I guess you need to change woofers 3X a year anyway.
Old 8th August 2005
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I got the Hafler P3000, and it works pretty dang well for the price.

They are my "second" monitors rather than my primary set...
Old 8th August 2005
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Bryston 3bSST if you can find one used, far better than older Brystons...
Old 8th August 2005
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Doublehelix
I got the Hafler P3000, and it works pretty dang well for the price.

They are my "second" monitors rather than my primary set...
Thanks for all the great suggestions so far! Keep the coming!

Just as a side note, was curious to know if anyone here uses NS 10's for primary set. I've been using computer speakers and managed to get nominated last year for a national TV award project I mixed with them and it worked really well. So that's what I'm moving from.

Also curious to know is a sub for the NS 10's necessary.
Old 9th August 2005
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Go out and get a pair of KRK V8 amps.

You can only get them attached to a pair of speakers, though.



-tINY

Old 9th August 2005
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kestral

Also curious to know is a sub for the NS 10's necessary.
Don't know if it is *necessary*, but they are definitely a bit "bass-light" on their own.
Old 9th August 2005
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Bryston 4bst here and I love it. Haven't got to try the Adcom's or the Perreaux so unfortunately I can't compare the difference but I'd definately be game to try them out at some point.
Old 9th August 2005
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I am using Adcom 5500 on my NS10's I think it is a nice match.
Old 29th May 2006
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ADCOM 5500

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I am using Adcom 5500 on my NS10's I think it is a nice match.
Howzit, whats your experence with the ADCOM 5500, that it is unbalanced, I am looking at hooking up an ADCOM 5500 with a pair of BM15Ps?

Matt
Old 30th May 2006
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Originally Posted by Doublehelix
Don't know if it is *necessary*, but they are definitely a bit "bass-light" on their own.

imo that's one of their biggest strengths, it forces me to get the midbass zone dialed. if i can track the bassline on the 10's and feel it on the mains, i'm home free.

big bonus points if i can get the bass to sound round and warm on the 10's. it's all about the 100hz to 300hz relationship, ime.


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Old 30th May 2006
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a bit pricey, but:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Bryston-2B-Pro-6...QQcmdZViewItem

fwiw, i found mine for $200...
Old 29th October 2006
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i can't get any of thses amps around here, how will the QUAD 405 work ?
Old 29th October 2006
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So what is the frequency response for ns-10's? I'm guessing 60hz to 20khz?
Old 30th October 2006
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It doesn't matter what amp you use.. the key is choosing the proper tissue.

http://bobhodas.com/tissue.html

Old 30th October 2006
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Originally Posted by tINY View Post


Go out and get a pair of KRK V8 amps.

You can only get them attached to a pair of speakers, though.



-tINY

We bought a pair of those and returned them after a month. But I guess different strokes for different folks.
Old 30th October 2006
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And kept the NS-10s? Wow....



-tINY

Old 1st November 2006
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I'm using a Quad 405 now instead of a Crown DC300 I've used before, and i found that my mixes translates better
Old 1st November 2006
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Try a used Adcom GFA 545.

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Old 1st November 2006
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I use an older JBL SA660, which I think sounds great. IMHO, the NS-10s are perfect for seeing if a mix is coming together. If the drums is over here and the guitar and vocals is over there, they'll tell you more quickly than something with a bigger spectrum. They really address the "music" part of the music, for lack of a better term.

Best,
Old 1st November 2006
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lol I use a 3600 watt qsc amp for mine...
Old 3rd November 2006
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Try a used Adcom GFA 545.

Jim Williams
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i'm looking for one, it's very rare to find them around here, when i'll find one the Quad will probably move to power the Auratones
Old 3rd November 2006
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i can't get any of thses amps around here, how will the QUAD 405 work ?
The Quad 405 is a good match with NS10's in my opinion - it seems to tame their worst excesses although I wouldn't want to use them as my only speakers anyway. In fact, my NS10's have been relegated to the kitchen next to the studio for the last 6 years and no-one has asked for them to be moved back into the studio for a session.

Cheers

James.
Old 3rd November 2006
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What about a Crown K1 or K2?

Wouldn't this be a good combo for them? No fan.
Old 3rd November 2006
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Hafler P3000 works great for me too!!
Old 4th November 2006
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What about a Crown K1 or K2?

Wouldn't this be a good combo for them? No fan.
I've used a Crown DC300 , it's a great amp but somehow it wasn't such a good reference amp, did you try the Crown for Auratones ?
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