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jackrec
12-02-2009, 10:00 AM
Hello,
I'm from Italy, and is the first time I write here.
I have a pair of L65A, which are now amplified by an old Nad 3020, but
i will try an amp more refined yet sufficiently powerful (price range about $1800). Can you give me some advice? I prefer the solid state but ........ all suggestions are welcome.
Thank you all ! :)


Luca

BMWCCA
12-02-2009, 10:22 AM
I have a pair of L65A, which are now amplified by an old Nad 3020, but i will try an amp more refined yet sufficiently powerful (price range about $1800). Can you give me some advice? I prefer the solid state but ........ all suggestions are welcome.
What do you like in the 200-watts-per-channel range?

The possible answers to your question will involve subjective responses with regional and brand bias. Not that they'll not bring some excellent suggestions...just not likely to provide any real illumination. :)

jackrec
12-02-2009, 11:12 AM
You are probably right ........ for me it is important to understand what were the most common choices to amplify these speakers (ss/tube). I understand that everyone has their own preferences anyway ......... thanks! :)

timc
12-02-2009, 01:41 PM
Best allround result i have had with my L65 is the Crown K2.

Not as tight bottom end as the XTi-1000, but much better in the midrange and treble.

None of the home amplifier i have tested managed to get a grip on the woofer.

However i would guess that a vintage ML would do the trick.


-Tim

MickeyFinn
12-03-2009, 12:49 AM
I have some L65 Jubals which I have powered with a McIntosh MC2255 (250 watts per channel) and I found it to be a great match. The MC2255 dates back to the early 1980's and I think you should be able to find one within the $1,800 budget that you have targeted.

If you've never owned one before, think carefully about buying a McIntosh though... Mac ownership is almost as addictive as JBL products.

Just my two Mac-cents.

timc
12-03-2009, 02:23 PM
targeted.

If you've never owned one before, think carefully about buying a McIntosh though... Mac ownership is almost as addictive as JBL products.




I totally agree. I really miss my MC-402. Had to sell it a couple of years ago due to bad economy.....


-Tim

lgvenable
12-05-2009, 10:21 PM
As an example of what you can find, I bought this last night:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160382261418&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

The AB International Precedent 600A: 275 wpc 8ohm. I have of a mix of BGW and AB Systems and AB International amps (16); they're built like tanks, don't have wave soldered guts; and are pretty straight forward to get fixed. BTW, distortion is negligible at all reasonable listening levels.

They are also all balanced audio inputs, so with the right choice for a pre-amp; they're dead quiet when driven wide open (with the gain). AB uses gain > and, are strictly controlled by the pre-amp and the BGW's have volume controls.

All I know is I've had great luck with these amps, and they're available at great prices.

misterharrison
07-11-2010, 07:08 AM
I'm running my L65A's with a Bryston 2B-SST and they sound great.

Other settings:
- ports plugged (to reduce boominess in my laminate-floored room)
- raised about a foot off the floor (same reason as above)
- brilliance @ c.1-2
- presence @ c. 2-3

:D

jbl_daddy
07-14-2010, 07:43 PM
I have two pairs of L65's and am running all four with one Altec 2204. 75 wpc and they perform well, they are running my mid rear and back rear in my theater.:)