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Seeking to replace vintage SS amp for Heresy IIIs


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We have had the Heresy IIIs for five years.  Bought to match my husband's set up from 1989.  They have been great. Unfortunately his NAD 7175pe has stopped working.  We've been cleaning and troubleshooting, but no joy.  I would like to buy a new integrated amp or amp/ pre-amp set up.  We mostly listen to vinyl on a newer pioneer turntable but also use his old CD player and tape deck.  Combo living dining is weird shape 15 x 30 with speakers at narrow end a fair bit off walls.  Works well, but we also do not play at high volume.  Everyone in the family has pretty sensitive ears. I've read every thread about pairing amps with these speakers, but am pretty overwhelmed.  I would appreciate any advice - even if it is about how to narrow choices (tubes, ss)- and according to room size, listening habits, etc.  Please feel free point me in the direction of any good educational resources.  I googled but same thing- too much info!

 

I do not know much about hifi equipment, but am used to having imo a great sounding system.  I'd put my budget around $5000 if components have longevity, but if I could power decently for less of course that would be better.  And I guess if buying new, having ability to stream high quality would be a bonus. Thank you for your time.

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A nice 2 channel integrated with a phono input is what you need. You won't need close to the 75 watts that the NAD was rated, but it does not matter if you end up with something more than that. 

 

Than an outboard streamer like the Bluesound Node2i is vey popular and well reviewed. 

 

Do you run a subwoofer at all? If not, I think you would find that to be a major upgrade. I think you can be into a very nice integrated, the ability to stream and a subwoofer for under 5K

 

Folks like @rigma and his wife Mz Kitty would have some good ideas, and @mikebse2a3 typically has good pragmatic advice.  

 

A photo of your current set up (speakers in the room) would be helpful. By Monday you will have all of the information you seek (and probably more than you asked for). 

 

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Welcome to the forum!

 

I agree with Travis on everything he has said. I personally endorse the Bluesound Node streamer suggestion, but would go for the latest generation available (Gen 3, I believe). If you want to do a little digging, there are several threads where other members have documented their searches for new components.

 

With a budget of up to $5K, you have a ton of options. Fortunately, the Heresy IIIs will sound great with pretty much any quality amp, so I suspect you can find excellent options that will meet all your needs and deliver great sound for half that amount or less.

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38 minutes ago, CWelsh said:

Welcome to the forum!

 

I agree with Travis on everything he has said. I personally endorse the Bluesound Node streamer suggestion, but would go for the latest generation available (Gen 3, I believe). If you want to do a little digging, there are several threads where other members have documented their searches for new components.

 

With a budget of up to $5K, you have a ton of options. Fortunately, the Heresy IIIs will sound great with pretty much any quality amp, so I suspect you can find excellent options that will meet all your needs and deliver great sound for half that amount or less.

Thanks, I forgot there was an update, I thought it was the 2i, whatever the latest greatest thing is.

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Why not just stick with the sound that you are used to and get a new NAD integrated amplifier.  Here are a couple that are currently available.  There are a number of vintage integrated amplifiers out there that will sound great with Heresy III's Luxman and Yamaha come to mind.  That said most of those are very old and would likely need refurbing so new would be the best choice.  I am nearby if you need help fellow Vermonter.

 

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_745C368/NAD-C-368.html

 

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_745C388/NAD-C-388.html

 

 

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I feel all this "match the amp to the speakers" stuff is a crock. The manufacturers could not afford to market something that had so limited of a use, and the specifications

of amps are so good that I feel our ears can't tell the difference.

 

In my opinion, ANY solid state amp, just like your old NAD, will be fine. And you don't have to pay the big bucks your budget allows.

 

Here's what I would do: buy an amp like the Yamaha A-S301, which by the way I have connected to a pair of Klipsch Heresy's and it works fine. Frzninvt's suggestions above are good as well, albeit more expensive.

 

Then secretly have your beloved NAD repaired and surprise your husband! Put the "placeholder" amp back in the box and hold on to it for another day.

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