Recommended Spectral amp

asamuelson

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Hi, I have over the last couple of years updated my system and now have a Spectral SDR-400SL cdplayer, and a DMC-30Sc preamp and my original DMA-90 amp. I have Sonus Faber Amator Electa ( the original) speakers. I am starting to think about whether it is time to upgrade my amp and was wondering what used models I should consider. I don't have $10,000 to spend. Is the DMA-200S worth considering?
I think the DMA-90 is a superb amp, at least with the Sonus Fabers, but wonder if it can hold up its end given the improvements in the top end.
Thanks,
Arthur
 

dan31

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It might be worth it but you seem satisfied with your amp. I would enjoy what you have.

There is a 200S series 2 that might have some of the changes post 260 amp release. It’s hard to say without side by side comparisons.
 
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mullard88

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I personally like the DMA 90 a lot. I just don't have one as I gave mine to my sister. If you have not experimented with power cords and Center Stage footers yet, I think you will have more improvement trying after market power cords such as an old MIT AC 2 and installing Center Stage footers than acquiring a DMA 200S.
 

asamuelson

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I am using an MIT Oracle Z-III power cable. Where do I buy the Center Stage footers ?
 

mullard88

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Please contact our own Steve Williams in this forum. He is the Center Stage footer seller.
 

Mdp632

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Hi, I have over the last couple of years updated my system and now have a Spectral SDR-400SL cdplayer, and a DMC-30Sc preamp and my original DMA-90 amp. I have Sonus Faber Amator Electa ( the original) speakers. I am starting to think about whether it is time to upgrade my amp and was wondering what used models I should consider. I don't have $10,000 to spend. Is the DMA-200S worth considering?
I think the DMA-90 is a superb amp, at least with the Sonus Fabers, but wonder if it can hold up its end given the improvements in the top end.
Thanks,
Arthur

@asamuelson I assume you have the current DMC-30SC that is still in production? If so, I'd see if you could find a DMA-240. A dealer demo that perhaps is selling for the DMA-250 S3 (Current model)

As much as I like Spectral, It's very hard to ascertain their naming convention. A higher number doesn't necessarily mean better but, another member posted in another thread @dan31 I believe.

Spectral releases a new amp to replace an older one when a part is no longer available. Rather, then a generational improvement.
 

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