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Re: Recommend a NS10 Amp?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:00 pm

Jack Ruston wrote:I wouldn't trade mine for the 4B that a mate locally is running on his NS10's.

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;) Running NS10s on a 4B indicates either way more money than sense, or extreme optimisim! :bouncy:

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Re: Recommend a NS10 Amp?

Postby I'd Rather Play » Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:14 pm

I had a look at the Rotels Hugh, great.

As they have no level controls do I need to buy a pre amp also or could I use a Monitor Controller?
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Re: Recommend a NS10 Amp?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:33 pm

Yes, you'd need a line level controller to set and adjust the listening level (and to select alternate speaker/headphones etc) -- that would typically be a dedicated monitor controller of some sort, the montior section of a mixing console, or an appropriate output from a computer interface.

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Re: Recommend a NS10 Amp?

Postby I'd Rather Play » Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:04 pm

Cheers thanks of the info.
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Re: Recommend a NS10 Amp?

Postby Guy Johnson » Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:45 pm

+1 Rotel
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Re: Recommend a NS10 Amp?

Postby Matt Houghton » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:21 am

another +1 for Rotel. I've got three vintage Rotels for running hi-fi systems, including a sealed box Cantor III set that I use in a similar (but nicer-sounding!) way to NS10s. for second hand, I can recommend the RA-611 and RA-612. But I'm sure there are newer models that are more reliable.
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Re: Recommend a NS10 Amp?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:55 am

I've got a couple of old Rotel RB-970BX stereo power amps here which are good, too.

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Re: Recommend a NS10 Amp?

Postby DJW » Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:33 pm

I use a Kenwood KA3020 SE.
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Re: Recommend a NS10 Amp?

Postby dbfs » Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:16 pm

Hi Jack, Hugh

Which model of the Class D amps would you recommend for the NS10s
http://classdaudio.com/complete-amplifiers/custom-built-ampl...

Also, Steve Hill once recommended the Yamaha P2500 which is a PA amp, but many report that although it has fans, they never come on using NS10s. Any experience of this amp or would you go for the Class D/Rotel. I could also probably get a Chamelon Ruby in good condition. Have you ever come across that one Hugh.
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Re: Recommend a NS10 Amp?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:29 pm

dbfs wrote:Which model of the Class D amps would you recommend for the NS10s

You need to decide wteher you wnt unbalanced input (CDA) or balanced input (SDS) models,and then choose a power rating. In my view, more is always good, so I'd go for the 120W/8 ohm models over the 60W/8 ohm versions -- assuming budget would allow. The kit versions are good value if you have reasonable DIY electronics and constructional skills.

Also, Steve Hill once recommended the Yamaha P2500 which is a PA amp, but many report that although it has fans, they never come on using NS10s. Any experience of this amp or would you go for the Class D/Rotel. I could also probably get a Chamelon Ruby in good condition. Have you ever come across that one Hugh.

I've heard Chameleon amps and was quite impressed with them, so that could well be a good option. Like you, I've heard Steve's Yamy recommendation before and I have no doubt that the fans probably wouldn't be called upon for normal studio monitoring duties, but I've not heard this combination myself.

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Re: Recommend a NS10 Amp?

Postby Jack Ruston » Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:34 pm

I'd get what they called the Brian Lucey Mastering Amp which is just their 150w a side amp in an enclosure with balanced IO. It was specified by Brian. They will also do 250 per side for a hundred bucks more in the same box, but you'll find the 150 a side sounds very 'relaxed'

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Re: Recommend a NS10 Amp?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:10 am

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Re: Recommend a NS10 Amp?

Postby Jack Ruston » Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:19 am

That's the one...they changed the name.

If you're ever near Hove, Hugh, give me a call and come and have a listen. Nice amp.

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Re: Recommend a NS10 Amp?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:32 am

Thanks J, I will -- I often visit friends in Haywards Heath and you're not far from there...

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Re: Recommend a NS10 Amp?

Postby ablethought » Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:24 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:
I'd Rather Play wrote:Unfortunately the responses here are similar to what I've already got from friends and colleagues, That is people recommend old discontinued amps or hard to source equipment.

Unlike some here, I actually found the Quad 405 (hifi) or 520 (pro) amps worked very nicely with NS10s. Yes, they are discontinued, but they are easy to source second hand, built like tanks top last a lifetime, easy to maintain, and Quad will still service them to as-new condition for astonishingly little outlay, if necessary.

if you want something new, then the earlier suggestion of Class D amps in the US is a good one -- I've heard other positive recommendations for them -- and you can save money by building a kit yourself, or buying one ready made. Different mains voltages and balanced/unbalaned input options are available.

http://classdaudio.com/complete-amplifiers/custom-built-amplifiers.html

Failing that, I've had good results over the years with Rotel hifi power-amps...

http://www.rotel.com/UK/products/index.htm?cat=112

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Hi all, just got my first NS-10s and was looking at the Class D amps however the links above no longer work. It also looks like ClassD no longer offers completed amps... just kits.

Is this the kit to get... huge....James... ?

Also can someone explain to me what I am looking for in wattage? I’ve seen amps recommended but the wattages are all over the place? Still trying to wrap my head around these speakers.

Lastly sorry for all the questions but have any new amp developments come to light since I am reviving this post from many years ago?

Appreciate you all for the info.
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