What to do? I want a new amplifier to make my Dynaudio Contours to "sing"


The story so far ,,,,,,,,

Once upon a  time a man disregarded his partners advice & wanted to dive back into HiFi listening after a long period .. He wanted to purchase something speecial something better than before...  something that made the music more closer to like you were  there live....

something that when you listened it made the hairs on the back of you neck standup

He got some second hand Dynaudio contour 3.4 s  which he loved, but his partner thought he was a fool ...

He then purchased a Cambridge Audio CXN V2streamer/pre amp 

His old amplifier , brought out of retirrement  wasnt really up to it  ....   it died,

& after all the berating about purchaing these ""costly speakers"

& a new streamer /pre amplifier , she said "you're  not going spend more of our hard earned cash $ on this fool hardy exercise

He lameneted & purchased a second hand  budget amp Rotel RB 980... to continue the journey  and keep listening.

Part of her did enjoy the new music

This fool hardy man is looking to upgrade , i was thinking down the  Musical fidelity line

 A5 CR  or maybe A5 integrated second hand.. or a new M6 PRX

any advice/ direction/  from other travellers would be most welcomed 

Ive been told these are ineffecent speakers & need ++++ current 

second hand i am looking at a $2000 budget...

I sometimes get the urge to crank it a little loud but hey 

Regards & thanks

the fool




There are two Perreaux amps available now on eBay. A 2150B and a 3000B. $1290 and $650. Both are equal to any of today's four-figure amps. They are rated at 300 and 200 wpc. I own a 2150B - 340/680/920wpc@8/4/2 ohms. I chose it over a big Mark Levinson amp.

Audio by Van Alstine makes some great amplified that I have used to power a couple of pairs of Dynaudio's - Excite 34s and Heritage Specials.  Even the SET120 amp was more than enough power with great bass control and finesse.  I also have the SET 400 and DVA 225 monoblocks.  I don't think you can beat the value these amps offer.

I'm using a McIntosh MA352 hybrid tube IA to power Dynaudio Contour 20s and two subwoofers.  200w of hybrid power will make them sing and be heard all the way back in Denmark.

I didn't think I needed the subs at first as the Contours have excellent bass response, but as per other posts recently at least two subs are a very good thing.  I'd also consider the Cronus Magnum integrated amp as an alternative to power the Dynaudios.

I have some AB International 400's or a 600 or 600a you can buy and will have all the clean power you need for less than $450 + shipping. Highly under rated industrial Amp's. (Made in USA) Jim