Recommendation for integrated amplifier for Paradigm Studio 20s v.5

Hi All,

My last kid moved out so I'm an empty nester with an extra 10'x16' room that is becoming my office/recording studio.  I would also like to set up a nice music listening area.  I like 70s progressive rock, 60s jazz, and classical. 

I have a pair of Paradigm Studio 20s (version 5), but nothing else.  I heard them thought a Rotel 1520 many years ago and liked the sound.  I recently went to a local audio dealer and tried a Marantz Model 30 and a Moon.  I preferred the detail of the Moon.  However, both were above my budget, which would be $1,000-$2,000 max.  I think I need to go used, but would like some recommendations.  Thanks!!


I found a used Rogue Cronus Magnum II within your budget and couldn’t be more pleased.

Paradigm owns Martin Logan, you can get a Unison amp on sale marked down from $599 to $249 and it includes ARC room correction. I have the amp connected to my Paradigm 20 speakers and they match perfectly. Just make sure it has all the inputs you need and a bonus is this amp has built in wireless streaming via DTS Play-Fi :



This Hegel H120 would be a great choice and also includes a very good DAC in case you want to start streaming. It’s listed at $2250 but that seems a little high and I’d think you could get it for $2000, but even if not it might be worth a stretch.

On the lower end of your price range the Nuprime IDA-8 is also a nice amp and also comes with a decent DAC onboard Can be had new for $1250 or used from a very reputable seller for $699.

Last, and if you might be interested in a little tube magic this Unison Unico Primo has a tube input stage and solid state output, and at $1950 it’s right at the top of your price range but doesn’t include a DAC.

Hope this helps, and best of luck.