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HIFI amp vs ProAudio amp

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by xactsound, Jun 28, 2005.

  1. xactsound

    xactsound Guest

    Does anyone use HIFI amp/reciever to power their studio monitors?
    Some HIFI amps are very well built with very high quality components and cost MUCH more then the stuf fyou can buy at the Guitar Center. So I wonder wy not use one of those for the studio.
    Would you recomend one to power NS10?

  2. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    I use HiFi speakers and hi-fi amps. Not just for mastering either...

    Almost anything that says "Studio Monitor" on it doesn't interest me in the least...

    Bryston, Pass, Manley, Krell... Good stuff.

    I won't mention my take on NS10's... That's for another thread...
  3. xactsound

    xactsound Guest

    Thamks John,
    Do you know any hifi amps with ballanced ins?
    I agree with you on the "studio monitors" part.

  4. axel

    axel Guest

    don't know any home hifi amps with balanced ins, but i like NADs a lot and i know that lot of guys (at least in the UK) using them to drive passives, like tannoys or NS10s or HHBs or whatever... and they doing the job good and come cheap-ish, and i love them for home listening... NAD plus B&W nice match...)

  5. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

    I think some of the Audio Note amps have balanced ins.

    One series of cheapish amps I love is Audiolab. They're not that expensive on ebay. They match very well with the old B&W DM 602s. I assume the same goes for the current version of that speaker, unless they've made some very big changes.

    My favourite hi-fi amps are by Naim. They can be very expensive depending on the setup, but bargains are also to be had.

    While you could say that the primary function of hi-fi is to sound good, while that of monitoring is to sound accurate, things tend to meet up at the higher end.

    Anyone here heard the Nagra hi-fi stuff?

    John Stafford
  6. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    the best sounding hifi amp ive heard (this is what i have at home) is onkio, though i dont know how they would fare with some ns10s.

    if you keep your cables short you dont necessarily need to use balanced cables.
  7. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Hey xactsound:

    HiFi stuff can be amazing stuff - in many cases, I prefer it to "studio monitors and studio amps." I think certain budget companies have created a stigmatism against "studio" gear. Not meaning to pick on individual companies, but M-Audio, KRK, Mackie and others have really put a stink on quality speakers. As well, many of the amp companies really market and design their stuff for maximum power, not cleanliness (and forget about silent operation!)

    Some "HiFi" speakers I recommend:
    B&W 705 or 805 (802 and 801 are standards in the biz too. Another favorite is the CDM NT 1 - an older model of theirs that sounds beautiful and can be had on E-Bay for not too much dough.)

    Paradigm - Studio 20

    NHT - many of their models are good for the job

    Vienna Acoustics - again, many models are good

    Sonus Faber - many...

    Dynaudio - many models including their studio series.

    Great amps (which include balanced inputs)
    Mark Levinson

    The Rotels, to me, are the best value in amplifiers today. They sound phenomenal and are excellently priced. I chose mine OVER the Bryston 4B ST. To me, it had a fuller sound (not bloated) and an equally clean top end. There was just a tad more available headroom from the Bryston, but not enough to justify the thousands more in price.

    Of course, before you check out any of the above recommendations, get your checkbook ready for a BIG shock. None of them are cheap, especially when compared to "studio" gear.

  8. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    amen... amen..... and amen again....

    i'm so happy to see the tide is changing...... finally the "pro" world is getting the point....

    i've been preaching about hifi for years....

    hifi in genaral have much better value for money than "pro" gear...

    :D :D
  9. xactsound

    xactsound Guest

    Thanks for your responses!
    So I guess often we listen to the music on higher quality gear then some of the music was recorded.
    I think I'll go with Rotel.
    Too bad my MYTEK converter has only ballanced outs.
    How much would it ruin the sound to run it through some device (i guess DI box the other way) to make the signal unballanced.

  10. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Rotel Amps (at least some of them) have balanced inputs. You won't need to convert.


  11. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

    Forgot to mention Conrad Johnson.
  12. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    Are Hafler's any good. I have (had) a DH500 that was given to me. I didn't have a use for it at the time so I hooked it up for my Dad's stereo. It sounds great there.

    I guess I have to find a way to talk him out of it.
  13. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Haflers are decent amps.

    I use a PA300 for my nearfield monitoring and I have absolutely no complaints. (Okay, 1 complaint - it runs damn hot when racked close to other gear - give it at least 3 spaces above and below.)

    I'm not familiar with the DH500, but if it's on par with the PA series, you're probably just fine. My advice in the "pro-audio" amplifier arena - stay away from:


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