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amp just died- could my speakers be damaged?

Discussion in 'DHCH Archive' started by skyman, Oct 29, 2002.

  1. skyman

    Gangster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 498

    Location: Cambridge

    I agree that you should go for some new speakers. As i have said the b&w 601 are fantastic speakers for the price (i got mine for £220 with a 2 year warentee)I think you would find a great improvement with new speakers but not a new amp. However if it ain't broke don't fix it because listening to a better set up starts you in a cycle of buying .

    btw is it just me or does the richer sounds web site look much worse now?
     
  2. martink

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    Joined: Oct 28, 2002

    Posts: 311

    Location: Sunbury On Thames

    Unless your speakers are knackered, I 'd upgrade the amp. True, if you add better speakers the sound will usually improve. However, There are certainly instances were it won't. If your amp isn't up to the job, many speakers will sound dull and listless( as a result of not being driven properly)

    In terms of sound quality The Eltax aren't gonna sound as good as you're B&Ws they'll just have more "boom". You've definately got a quality budget speaker, well up to a couple of amp upgrades.

    A two hundred pound amp will thrive on being driven but a bigger hihger quality amp. Vocals will be projected more and bass will be more defined

    When upgrading equipment don't take side steps i.e. swapping products out for replacements isimilar in price. Save up and make significant changes -They'll be far more impressive.

    Only problems is once you've a new amp, you may start looking at the source...

    As for demos B&Ws are pretty ubiquitous so matching them won't be a problem.
     
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  3. commited

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

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    Location: Dublin, Ireland

    a quality estaclishment shud let u take an amp home to demo..
    RS not bein one of those, take a look@ sevenoaks
     
  4. martink

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    Location: Sunbury On Thames

    Commited, I suspect you and I may be reading from the same page...
     
  5. martink

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    Spike also bear in mind, most shops will let return a item that you take home to discover it doesn't "fit" in your sysetm.
     
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  6. Spike

    Gangster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 288

    Location: Northampton

    I have heard loads about how good the 601s are. They look so nice too! The non-black (can't remember what colours they called it!) ones are lovely and even the black version looks quality. Supposed to have a good sound too. So these will be my next upgrade I guess, but I've decided on the amp first. I don't want to risk the A5 not being able to drive them properly - but if I get the amp now and the speakers later is should be a nice combination :)

    Now it's just a case of trying to get hold of a C320BEE, sold out everywhere! :(

    Thanx again

    Dan
     
  7. martink

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    The A5 shouldn't have any problem driving them. You'll just improve performance with a better amp.

    From a £150 amp you want to spend around £300 on your next (as a guideline).
     
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  8. Bear

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 24, 2002

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    Location: Bucks and Edinburgh

    If your amp still powers up but no sound is coming out of it, open it up and check for any scorch marks near the output transistors as these are mostly the problem. If you know how to solder you could probably repair the amp for under £40 depending on the transistors used.