New memberUsername: Stevei
Post Number: 1
I'm considering the NAD C-162 and Rotel RC-1070. I really want the six line inputs, phono input, and remote control that both these preamps offer.
Before I go listening, what else should I add to my list in this price range?
Also I'm interested in some more general advice...
My plan is to slowly upgrade the system piecemeal. Is the Adcom a reasonable power amp to serve as a basis for this? And, is getting a preamp to replace the receiver a good next step, or should I be looking to replace the speakers first (15-year-old Infinity SM82 bookshelf).
Thanks for any advice...
Silver MemberUsername: Hawk
Highlands Ranch, CO USA
Post Number: 721
I am surprised you did not get any response here. Oh, well. . .
A few points:
1. Either the NAD or the Rotel would make for a good step up and should have no problem working with the Adcom amp. You would be hard pressed to find a better stereo pre-amp than the NAD or Rotel for anything close, money-wise. However, if you would like a tuner thrown in, check out the B&K Reference 5 S2 pre-amp. Also, I have not heard it yet (the Parasound dealer in my area just closed his doors), but there is a new Parasound pre-amp called the New Classic 2000, which looks very nice. Here is a link:
2. If it were me, I would be inclined to get new speakers first. Set a budget and then go looking. Your Adcom amp is pretty warm sounding, so something a little on the more forward side would be a good choice, such as the JMLabs Cobalt bookshelf speaker, Monitor Audio Silver Series, or even better, check out the Magnepans (assuming you can use floor-standing speakers). Check these speakers out--they are the very best speakers available for under $1000 (and they are only $550.00):
I hope this helps.
Silver MemberUsername: Dakulis
Spokane, Washington United States
Post Number: 866
I'll thown in too. Take a look at the Outlaw 990, if you're looking for 7.1 channel and a nice feature set at a great price. I just bit the bullet on the Outlaw 970, a little more reasonable and I'll run it to my Adcom 7706.
Now, having said all that, Hawk's right, better speakers will make a huge improvement in your sound. But, that's a whole different ballgame so go to the speaker forum and you'll get tons of advice, there. Good luck, Dave
Gold MemberUsername: Artk
Albany, Oregon USA
Post Number: 2936