Recommend me a dumb amp?

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  1. spootmonkey

    spootmonkey Member

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    Howdy. After a boring integrated amp.

    Very short wishlist:
    - An old-school analogue volume knob. I loathe audible volume steps.
    - Compact-ish. Anything that isn't a classic HT monster will suffice.
    - A couple of analogue input channels.
    - Headphone and speaker outs.
    - No ****ing fans.
    - <$500, ideally

    Doesn't need to be anywhere near audiophile grade beyond that nice volume knob, as it'll just be mediating digital media for the time being.

    I feel I may be better off buying something old, but not sure if there are any particular models to keep an eye out for.

    Any suggestions?
     
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  2. samo

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    what are you driving?
     
  3. underskore

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    I use a yamaha WXA-50 in one room of my house - Overall it doesn't fit your requirements but it is a modern/compact amp with what I'd call a smooth sounding volume knob, even changing the volume on it with the remote I use is bordering on painfully slow. I think it's set at 0.5dB steps...
     
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    spootmonkey

    spootmonkey Member

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    Nothing yet - will buy some compact unpowered bookshelfs to suit the amp.
     
  5. nico6

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    I have a Technics SU-V3 "New Class A" amp. I don't get to use it much but sounds pretty good driving average speakers
     
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  6. kbekus

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    I've got an Onkyo TX-NR609 but it's in the typical HT form factor. I suspect the volume dial is digital but the increments are so small it's difficult to pick up.
     
  7. Zee

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    Find an old Adcom.

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  8. Hater

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    I have a Pioneer SA-5300 in my cupboard if that's suitable.
     
  9. Holdenkicks

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    Rotel a10 can be had for under $600 new.
     
  10. Matthew kane

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    You can get lots of value for money with a vintage amplifier. Under that budget you can get a nice Sansui.
     
  11. Hi-end Head

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  12. Andres

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    Running a Cambridge Audio Azur 351A. Pretty happy with it. It's 'shorter' than most amps, so fits in our TV cabinet with beathing room. Only annoyance is that the power is a physical switch, so you can't us an IR remote to power on/off.
    https://www.whathifi.com/cambridge-audio/azur-351a/review
     
  13. Asteroid

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    You might find a used Rega Brio R in your price range.
     

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