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Best (most suitable) amp for Auratones
Old 26th May 2003
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Best (most suitable) amp for Auratones

O-kay so... My auratones need an amp. I've been using a Bryston 4Bst which is overkill like a mofo. It will now be used on my NS-10's. Can anyone suggest a decent amp for them? Let's face it, I'm lookin department store, phone hold, prison radio, subway fm, 2 way ring, etc amp... This is for "my" set up... Thus far, I've been able to kick ass with what I have, however, if I had access to Auras I'd save a lot of time from doing 'car tests'.

Any suggestions? Average street prices? Honestly, I'm properly going to point the Auratones in the direction away from me (similar to what a lot of mastering engineers in LA seem to do anyway).
Old 26th May 2003
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Are there many horrortones knocking around in the US? They're pretty difficult to come across over here, but a boutique manufacturer is making 'identical' (apparently) sounding cone replacements.

I love them. Want some. For overall balance I just 'get' them.

When I did have them they were powered by a quad.
Old 26th May 2003
A speaker switcher box? And just use the same amp?

Old 26th May 2003
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Radio Shack?
Old 26th May 2003
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Minimus 7's are too hi-fi as a speaker if that's what you mean.
Look for some used Dynaco amps, or maybe they're still making kits, it's fun and doesn't take that long , you can have a zen moment with your profession. Maybe they're too hi-fi also.
The speaker switch (ProCo makes a good one, NS-10's to KRK is OK) is what kills these speakers, you're looking for something around 15 watts a side max.
I use a panasonic radio with a CD input and its own amplifier (7 watts), I use it 90% while tracking, mixing and mastering (rarely, when I do it myself). I've been accused by a few friends that this is also too hi-fi because it has the bass boost button and an EQ, but you can take it out. A lot of the time I work in idiot mode, just to save me the hassle later.
Old 27th May 2003
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Who is making replacement cones for the auratones? I have a pair and they seem to have just fallen apart from being so old. I'm going to look into getting them re-coned, cos i really like them.

Old 27th May 2003
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I was at Funky Junk the other day and they had a few pairs that were off to be re-coned by 'someone'.

I'm not sure who the someone is. You could always phone and ask. Talk to Bruce.
Old 28th May 2003
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try a Hafler P1500...and auratones r wonderful
Old 29th May 2003
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Good Lookin' out Mike...
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