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You're kidding - no Primare thread?

There's a thread for vintage open baffle non-oversampling 300b cassette decks, but not for Primare?

Ah well, down to business: I owned an SPA21 AV amp for many years, primarily used for two channels. Eventually sold it (all 25kg of it) for a stupidly low price, along with the hyper-expensive C33 cudgel / solid aluminium remote :doh:

After a good long search I hope that my first foray back into "non-lifestyle" audio will be an I32, tomorrow. Even in my dotage I think I'm getting a little excited.

So, what ya got (or had)?

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I had a little Primare A20 as my first real foray into hifi seperates, bit of a fluke start with the Rega Planet Mk1 and A20. Really nice amp, superb build quality and sounded great. Don't see many about now, it was an ebay bargain at £150 IIRC.

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Eh up. From courier's van to running on the rack in about 5 minutes.

I'm sure there's a world of tweaking I could do, but fundamentally it just works, and works an awful lot better than the inbuilt Sonos amp ...

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... That looks very nice ....... had the i30 amp.and the i30 cd player a few years ago ........ lovely build quality and neutral sounding.

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I ran an a30.1 for 10 years only sold when I upgraded to a plinius9200 last year. If the plinius wasn't so good it would sill be in my system now, It was that good although it did like blowing fuses every so often.

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They are absolutely beautiful Bob and the highest of high end at launch.

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A guy I know has just changed his i30 for an Arcam FMJ. Used to love the Primare with his PMCs Only heard the FMJ once but not as good imo.

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I've had my I30 from brand new, I love the neutrality and control it has over every speaker I've had. So far the only thing I really liked as a similar but much bigger sounding amp is the Karan KA180.

It is an amp you can build a system around as it has plenty of inputs both balanced and single ended and it's built like a tank. I love it.

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Absolutely outstanding Bob. TBH I don't really care what they sound like - on look alone those things belong in MOMA.

It got me thinking - watch manufacturers make a bundle by plundering their back catalogue for classic lookers. IMO Primare need to re-issue that little lot (obviously that's going to knacker the "pre-loved" market, but hey-ho).

Still own and use most days these.

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'Uber'. The Cheshire adjective of choice. :D;-)

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