Very nice amps indeed the Accuphase and Luxman but at £15kGBP and £7KGBP, they're likely too high end in price as well for most audiophiles.
The types of modern amps I've referred are more realistically attainable for most of us, get good reviews - £2-3k approx range I guess, and definitely on the used market.
Be good to hear from anyone who has what I call one of these reasonably priced high-end modern day amps. There's enough online about these things but can you ever find an owner/user on the forums you partake - tis strange....
This is the exact dilemna I am facing at the moment. My missus wants me to buy new but every amp I want is well beyond my budget.
I am currently running an old Yamaha AS-201 and that sounds better than I expected it to sound. Having said that, I wouldn't run a cheap source into it, as that determines the overall sound quality and resolution.
I have yet to own any Musical Fidelity amp that I was happy with and that includes the Trivista 300. All the crap given out that the light up feet were telling you that the amp had warmed up to the correct operating temperature was a lie, as it was on a simple timer circuit which operated whenever the amp was powered on.
I will also say that Sony amps have similarly disappointed me, but Trio amps have been a delight, the best of which was the KA-80. I recently bought an old KA-74 for our community centre and that was a good little amp with 75wpc on tap that easily coped with two sets of speakers in large rooms.
Parasound gets my vote too. I bought a Halo pre some years ago and was thrilled with it, until one day it started distorting so I sent it to the distributor for repair. Despite it being only a couple of years old they couldn't repair it and sent me a brand new replacement, which to me didn't sound as good.
I agree with Dominic, never had an MF that has really matched any review. We also repair quite a few of their products regularly. YMMV The Parasound is powerful beast and quite capable, the Marantz does look good in an up to date basic way.
Luxman can be really good IF you have the right speakers, Accuphase the Japanese version of Meridian (sound wise) but in a far more appealing package, some of the early transport dacs were very nice. Personally I find a touch slow and safe, however it is quality equipment without question and has a lot of happy owners.
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The original Caspian CD player and amp I thought were very good, heard them at a dealers about 20 odd years ago now. Couldn't afford to buy them. I couldn't afford to buy a toaster back then lol. That's about the limit of my experience with Roksan kit.