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Preamp Deal of the Century
I get the feeling this is going to drive the posts to over the 4000 mark - a record. It is hard to know what to do at this point. As a neurotic audiphile, this "glare" is certainly. . .
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Lightspeed Attenuator - Best Preamp Ever?
I meant to say 50kohm input impedance or higher for the amp, not 5kohm - that would not work at all
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Personal amp evolution
In order of acquisition - I often had more than one amp on hand: NAD 3020 / B&K 102 / Quicksilver 8417 / Pass Aleph 3 / Pass Aleph 2 / CAT JL2 / Quicksilver V4 / First Watt Aleph . . .
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Amplifiers:A Keeper for Life. Do you know of one ?
Convergent Audio Technology JL-2. Purity of SET with enough power (100Watts, Class A) to drive almost any speaker out there -- that make'em easier to "keep for life
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Best Integrated, period.
The VAC Phi Beta would be my choice if I wanted an integrated amplifier. Then an Art Audio Carrissa, with the right speaker
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Holographic imaging
My impression is that my equipment is much more "holographic" than what I hear in live music (jazz, chamber), and live music is much more dynamic than what I can get out of my . . .
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fuses - the $39 ones or the 85 cent ones
I bought the wunderkinds and if I could tell the difference or choose one as better I would be suprised. On the other hand, since I have expensive power cords, I bought them any . . .
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Designer Hall of Fame
Rodman99999, no list is complete without the men you mention, and I am very remiss for not have included Ralph Karsten who has proabably done more than anyone else to bring a well . . .
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Classe move to China
Perhaps Classe should build the same amp in Canada and China and sell them at $5,000 and $3,000 respectively and see what people end up buying - I suspect money talks. Does seem . . .
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Why do no audio enthusiasts use McIntosh?
Of course it is not the only reason. But I think part of it is that owning McIntosh equipment may just be too simple for enthusiasts. Most, not all, enthusiasts want to try . . .
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Have you ever deceived your wife-audio purchase
My ex-wife
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solid state vs tubes
I would imagine the amps are not the primary bottlenecks to recorded music sounding real, and no amount of progress in the amp arena is going to make a big difference in that . . .
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Who is using passive preamps and why?
Why? A lot of bang for the buck. Why not? Good actives still sound better to my ears, an others, in more systems. But you can undoubtedy have SOTA with a passive approach, but you . . .
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Amazing ''Overachieving'' products...your pick?
Blue Jeans ICs and Speaker Cable. Belkin wire with excellent specs, good shielding, and connectors. Compare them with cables 20x the price and see if you can tell a difference, and. . .
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Modern Linestages
Having owned "complex" line stages, but also very simple Mapletree active/tube and Lightspeed Attenuator, the OPs question seems to be very much on point - why the . . .
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Power output of tube amps compared to solid states
I remember hear a 30 watt tube amp "versus" a 250 watt SS amp at a Stereophile show, simply to see if people coult tell which was playing in an A/B demo. I don't think . . .
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Who is the KING of MONOS?
It would have to be the BAT Rex Monoblocs, or perhaps something by Crown
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Passive Pre - No Regrets?
Thanks for all the answers. I did not even know what a TVC was before, so of course I had to do some reading. This issue of electrical compatiblity seems a bit difficiult to grasp. . .
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Top ten tube preamps
CAT SL1, Joule LA-150MKII, and Placette Active. I also enjoyed the Lamm LL2 while I had it
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Powerful Tube Amp for SF Strads?
CAT JL2 or 3 for sure, I think they can handle most any load and with 100 watts of Class A, Triode power they avoid what Raquel alludes to regarding high-power tube amps, they tend. . .
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Would you pay to listen?
I would rather spend $600 and spend 3 days at RMAF - a great "vacation" for audiophiles. The worst sounding system I ever heard, well at least I felt the need to leave . . .
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Tube Research Labs Dude vs. Shindo Labs preamps
Tthean, does resale value, or the ease of resale, in the least bit important consider your next preamp purchase? Is it a factor or is that out of the equation
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Pass Labs xa - .5 amps
With the XA30.5s ability to deliver current and the sensitivity of your speakers, I would think the 30 watts would be more than enough for most listeners in most rooms. As Tvad . . .
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Which Solid State Amplifier is Making you Happy?
There are so many amps being named, I wonder if there are any bad sounding SS amps (hyperbole). It does seem that SS has come a long way
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Are passive preamps better?
It will be quieter and maybe more transparent, which does not mean it will sound better to you. You are going to hear 50% argue for passives and 50% swear by active tubes. . . .
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Class A amplifiers - which are considered the best
"Goes to show that others are stretching a long bow when they quote class a figures" Amen
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Shuguang Treasure tubes....
Will the cv181zs fit in an Atma-sphere MP3 preamp with the cover on? Anyone try
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Is there any truth to this question?
I have concluded that lower power versions of the same circuit sound better than those iterations with higher power if the power is sufficient to play at a volume you are satisfied. . .
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Stereophile Article - Holt telling it like it is.
I miss the days of JGH, HP, irregular issues, no (few) photos and expensive subscriptions. Now the trains run on time and a year cost you $12. It does feel like we lost something. . . .
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TRL Dude or Joule 150 MKII for Major Pre Upgrade
Many owners of the Joule preamps will tell you it is one of the finest they have heard, adding just the kind of qualities you say you are looking for. Have never heard the TRL so I. . .
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Aesthetix Calypso vs ARC LS25 MK2
Has anyone been able to compare the Calypson to the CAT Ultimate
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TRL Dude Dilemna
Seems you should always choose your amp to match your speakers first, then find a preamp that works with you amp - just can't imagine taking the approach of making an amp decision . . .
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Transistor Preamp that sounds like a Tube Preamp?
If you don't need gain, I think a Placette Active (buffer)would accomplish what you are looking for without tubes
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Has anybody heard the new Audio Research LS 27?
Jafox: "Come on, after all these years, are line stage circuit topologies or PS designs really changing all that much?" NO "The great designers have pretty much already muscled. . .
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Decware - any substance here?
OP, only thing left to do is try it
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Pre-amp suggestions for Thiel 2.4/Pass Labs XA30.5
The Atma-sphere MP3 would match up very well with the XA30.5, although it also worked very well single-ended with the Joule LA-150 MKII and Signature edition, both of which can be . . .
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Music Reference RM9 - user comments please
Vintage, if you are still out there, what did you end up doing
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Atma-Sphere MA-1 amps
What 200w Class A mono blocks do you have? I moved from CAT JL2 100 w Class A triode to Atma-sphere M-60 for use with my Merlin VSMs with no regrets at all. The OTLs are magical . . .
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Are There Any Good, High Power Solid State Amps?
I agree with TVAD, the Pass XA60.5 should easily be able to drive that speaker. It also sounds like almost any tube amp would have difficulty with that impedance dip in the bass, . . .
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SET vs OTL
Are OTLs more accurate to the source? More linear across the frequency spectrum
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Slagle AVC Modules & Lightspeed Attenuator
Anthony, any word from George on expected lifespan of the LED and LDRs
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Best tube integrated with Merlin TSM-MMI?
Bobby has been at shows with the Ars Sonum, Bobby is no fool, other than the OTL route, I prefer, the Ars is one heck a good amp, especially matched with the Merlins. And, though . . .
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Trying to extract more from my Vandersteen
How much are you willing to pay to get someting "better" than the 2Ce Sigs? I would also reread Krisjan's comments - I think he makes a really good point
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Tube amps that kick ass?
I think of the rock bass you are looking for is actually frequencies above the subwoofers in the 5A, a lot of apparent bass is above 30Hz so you still do need a good tube for . . .
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best sounding integrated for under 2500.00
Erikminer, he has PSB Stratus Golds
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Tally up best preamplifier ever
Form this list, you would think there isn't a preamplifier out there isn't the best preamp ever
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Dodd preamp vs. McCormack RLD-1 preamp
Is the RLD1 passive
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Dan D'Agostino is back with a new line
Did not know he was no longer with Krell, when and why did that happen
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How do we remember 1970s amplifiers?
Well it was from an earlier time, but what I had in the 70s - the MAC MA 230 hybrid integrated. I remember it as being the greatest piece of gear of all time. I assume I was . . .
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Lamm ML1.1 & ML 2.1
If you have the opportunity to audition the Convergent Audio Technologies JL-2 amplifer (100 Watts, Class A, Triode), I would do so. Along with the LAMMs, among the best
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Most musical integrated amp you have heard?
A lot of good ones on this list. I wish I had more time to spend with the Jadis 30 & 60s. I found the Ars Sonum Filoharmonia to be exception with my Merlin speakers. It is tubed . . .
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I've narrowed it down...
"speakers will have a greater effect on sound than amplifiers..." And not by small margin IMHO. OP, what is your budget for an amp and speaker transition? Even if done. . .
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accuphase compare to mcintosh
07-08-11: Audiofeil >>07-08-11: Inna Michael Fremer says Ypsilon preamp is the best there is So what. He gets one vote like everybody else. Not that I agree one way or another . . .
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SS amps for merlin vsm
I di have the Aleph J (First Watt/Pass) and it indeed worked very well with the Merlins, about as good as the XA30.5s driving the Merlins which are such an easy load (not current . . .
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If I like sound of Ayre Integrated I would Like...
a tube integrated
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Pass Labs:What to expect fm XA60.5 to XA100.5
With your speakers I would not expect much of a difference going from the XA-60.5 to the 100.5, it just doesn't seem like power (a fairly marginal difference here) is the issue, . . .
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what is the best amp you've ever heard
The Atma-sphere M60s (and I'm sure there bigger amps)sound great with my Merlins which are OTL friendly, and the CAT JL2 which sound great on just about any speaker. In SS, the . . .
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pass labs xa30 to valve amplifier.
Since 30 watts are enough to drive your speakers, I would consider the Music Reference RM10 MKII. I've owned both amps and it would be a good contest to see if tubes are your cup . . .
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Your favorites amplifiers for their visual look ?
Anything by Jadis
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Pure Class A shootout
"more important isssue"
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Joule Electra LA-150 MK3 vs MK2?
Has anyone heard the LA150MKII Signature Edition which is suppose to incorporate some of the changes in the 300 at a lower price point
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High-end amplifier clarification?
Are you looking to buy one that just "makes it" and avoid one that just "falls short"? For the most part it is marketing speak, since most equipment performs . . .
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Ia a good amp more important than a good DAC?
I agree with the amp argument, since I think the amp/speaker is the most important match when choosing components and like others, I think the differences between $500 and $5,000 . . .
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What Solid State PreAmp?
What amp will you be using
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VAC owners, sound off
Like someone said earlier, you would have a hard time finding a better way to spend $1,500 for a good preamp. Whether you like it or not, I would think you would though, you just . . .
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CLASS A AMPLIFIERS
The Pass XA.5 series is single-ended, class A, and doubles down going from 8 ohms to 4 ohms
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Tube amp for rock? Newb Questions
The Stingray/Dali combination sound like a very poor one and I suspect both pieces are quite good when matched with appropriate equipment. Atmasphere's explanation states the . . .
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Best Integrated Amp, Price no obstacle?
Hows the the integrated look from the perspective on June 2010? What are the top choices today, uncluding used gear from an earlier vintage ifthey have not been bettered
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Rogue vs ARC
Any legitimacy to the statement that the Rogue is made cheaply? Not a question of sound here, but parts, fit, trim etc. Even if so does not mean they do not sound as good as ARC, . . .
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Tube amp for "difficult" speakers,,,
If your speakers do present a difficult load, there is proabably no better all tube amp (hybrids would also work)to deal with dipping impedances the Music Reference RM9 Special . . .
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The CD you most listened to back in 2007 ?
Versatile Heart by Linda Thompson Lucinda Williams by Lucinda Williams
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Why so expensive??
MYTH: $$$$$$$$$ = sound quality. This is where good reviewers, not beholden to advertising interests can help. Most of us are looking for the best sound, and if it can be had . . .
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Pass Labs XA- ".5" ???
If Jtwrace is Clayton dealer his undisclosed endorsement and comment hurts Clayton. Nothing wrong with dealer comments, but you better be transparent aboout it if you want to be . . .
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Audio Research Reference 5 Preamp
What doe ARC know now that they did not know then to make the Ref 5 a marked improvement of the Ref 3? Is it improved capacitors and resistors or power supplies? A totally . . .
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Stupidgood: Ars Sonum
No not Drew, but I'll do my best Hemingway. I can't believe how good the Ars Sonum intregrated is with my Merlins speakers; stupidgood
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Music First Audio Passive Magnetic Preamplifiers?
I second Clio9's recommendation of the Lightspeed Attenuator which is a real steal new ($450), not sure what the one up for sale cost. I have used the following passives Placette . . .
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High End Audio and Your hearing as you get older
I think regardless of how your hearing gradually decays over time, good equipment will sound more like live music and real instruments than poorer equipment - you still have a . . .
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Trade- off, power SS vs tube magic.
I have never heard SS sound like tubes, not even several Pass amps said to be the closest thing. The speaker variable you choose to leave out of equation makes it impossible to . . .
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Just took delivery of the Red Wine Audio 30.2 and-
Has anyone heard both Red Wine and Patek
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Most transparent amp you've heard?
Atma-sphere amps, hard to beat no transformer
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Is no preamp the best preamp of all?
I am trying to draw conclusions from AS two statements: "No active line stage, no matter how good it is, will ever equal the sonics of your direct connection (or an . . .
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how much would you say a good set up cost
If you can't put together a fantastic system for 30k it requires a lot of missteps, not that you couldn't have a mediocre system with that much money into it (you can). But I agree. . .
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Most resolving, transparent amps.
Based on what others have told me, Atmasphere. Based on what I have heard, CAT JL2s
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pass labs xa30.5 vs aleph 3
Yes, like Earflappin, I too did the XA30.5 versus Atma-sphere M60 "test", in my case with the Merlin VSM-MXe. There is no doubt that the Pass are the best SS amps (Aleph. . .
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Pass XA30.5 enough power for Wilson Sophia 2?
In many rooms and depending on typical listening levels I suspect it is enough power, but there will be times in some settings, with some music, when it might make you wish you had. . .
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Best amp under $6k, in your opinion?
Perrew, do you have a preference for SS or Tubes? If tubes, and if your speaker really have that smooth an impedance curve, you might want to consider an Atma-Sphere MA-1 (used), . . .
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Best EL-34 Amps?
Kenreau, have your tried KT88s in the Cayin. I wonder because I have a Music Reference RM9 Special Edition which was oringinally equipped with NOS Siemens EL34s but I bought RAM . . .
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Amp for Quad ESL 57
Music Reference RM10 MKII- try it, you'll like it -- alot
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Top ten tube amps
I have owned and enjoyed Lamm equipment, and I do wish Vladimir success. But I cannot conceive of any justification in either parts costs, R&D, or sound quality that can justify a. . .
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Budget Chinese Tube amps - any good?
There is a used pair of Quicksilver Mini-Mite up for sale right now for $725, they might last another 30 years (except for tubes). If 25 watts are enough, these are killer and at . . .
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Passive preamp vs. powered
If you are happy with the sound, that is all that is important. The one thing I have noticed, is that many, if not all folks that have tried the passive route (I have used Placette. . .
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Rich; organic true balanced amp w good detail $6k
For P/P, Class A, Triode, the CAT JL2/3 are in the first rank. CAT eschews balanced operation
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Joule - Electra: Just How Hot??
I'm not sure the build-quality comments refer to the reliability of the units. As far as I know Joule amps are quite reliable in general
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Thought on OTL tube amps
With my speakers, Merlin VSMs, the Atma-sphere M60s have proven to be the best all around amps for my taste, up against a few amps I have had in rotation in my system, the best of . . .
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Most beneficial change .
I agree with SBank on the quality of your speakers. They are very good. I would be careful with large full-range speakers in that room, it would get overloaded with bass in a very . . .
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Anyone else heard the Quicksilver Triode Amps?
I take it that the current QS Triode with KT88 is a completely different amp on the triode amp discussed here has been discontinued
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Tubelike SS Power amp
Having owned Pass XA (fantastic) and most recently CAT/Atma-sphere/Music Reference RM9SE tube amps (fantastic) there is no doubt Tvad is right, the Pass gear is tube-like in the . . .
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Anyone recommend a neutral tube amp?
ARC would seem be leaders in the neutrality arena. I think my CAT JL2 would fall into the neutrality side of the ledger
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Best Tube Amp under 10K?
A used CAT JL2 will be hard to beat IMHO. See Soundstage's review comparing it to the ARC Ref 110 and Atmasphere MA1s. I decribe it is SET midrange with Krell bass. A delicate . . .
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Thiel 3.6, what will drive them best?
How much lower than $1000 is your budget? $500
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Thoughts from Joule preamp owners?
My experience and comments match exactly those of the previous two posts, when I used the LA-150 Special Edition - even better bass performance - one of the very worthy contenders . . .
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$3500 to spend on a tube preamp....ideas?
I prefer the Lightspeed to my most recent tube linestages - CAT, Lamm, ARC, Dodd, and the excellent Joule LA150 Signature Edition - I would save the $3000. That being said, the . . .
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cat jl3 signatures vs. atmashere ma2III's
Duane were you being serious? Just curious. I totally agree with the "overkill" comments, in my view less power is almost always better than more if it is sufficient for . . .
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Pass amps + Power Cords ??
After alot of experimenting with PCs, I concluded that I simply can't tell the difference - now all of them were well made with good connectors and shielding. Given that, and the . . .
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Audio Research LS25 MK II ??
bump
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Shindo Cortese - First Impressions
Are these 10 watts somehow more capable of driving speakers than the power rating would suggest? or do you really need 93-94db+ sensitive speakers to consider it
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Why monoblocks?
My belief is that well designed stereo amps will sound every bit as good as monoblocks, but short ICs is a real benefit, but low capacitance cables will amount to much the same . . .
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what do you use to remove your tubes?
I asked Roger Modjeski (Ram Labs, Music Reference) about this, and he said the idea that you should not use your hands is a myth, he then explained to me why, but I don't remember . . .
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What new amp for my Merlins
I have the Ars Sonum and a Joule LA150MKII/CAT JL2. So you might think I have some pretty good amplification for the Merlins, and of course your right. I love both combinations and. . .
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Best 3 tube preamps under $18000?
Every amp mentioned here is worth auditioning, as is the Joule LA300, and if you don't have money burning quite as big a hole in your pocker, the Joule LA150 MKII SE. Not sure it . . .
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Buy tubes from Audio Research or not
I would by from ARC if I could handle the cost for a lot of reason already mentioned. Now, of Roger Modjeski at RAM Labs has the specs on the ARC gear I would also trust him to . . .
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Anyone permanently convert from tubes to SS?
I can live with the Class A Pass Aleph and XA.5 series of amps - they are the best SS I've heard, though I suspect I would also like the Ayre gear as well. I own an Aleph J, but . . .
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The closest approach: what amplification?
Hate to sound like I'm getting on the OTL bandwagon, but I guess I am. I've tried all types of amplifiers, many very highly regarded Class A tube and SS, at least with my speakers. . .
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best preamp under 4000 to match 4b sst
If you don't need a phone stage, the Dodd Battery pre, and $2,500 new is a wonderful preamp, and especially well suited to SS amps due to its low output impedance for a tube preamp. . .
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I need help choosing my next tube preamp.
What amp will you being using
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Emotiva vs. some bigger boys
Can any Odyssey owners confirm whether there are any reliability issues with their amps? I never heard that before and it is too easy to create the wrong impression about a product. . .
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Preamp recommendations up to $2000
Dodd Battery Preamp. You don't find many used, but close to that price new
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Poll - Active vs. Passive preamp
I have enjoyed both (recent actives CAT SL1, Lamm LL2, and Placette Active). I tried the Placette Passive and it was remarkably good and competed with the CAT and Lamm - a great . . .
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an amp without "electronic" sound
While I prefer tubes, I would say the Pass XA.5 series (Class A, little NFB)have a lot of the what I enjoy about tubes. I regret having sold it (XA30.5). I think you will find much. . .
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The most beautiful Integrated Tube amp?
Certainly agree about the Jadis appearance, with a somewhat similar look, the Ars Sonum integrated is quite beautiful too
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To all tube lovers.......
It isn't just a matter of sensitivity, but impedance swings; which are less than ideal for tube amps - take something like Wilson or Thiel which might be quite sensitive, but their. . .
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Ultralinear vs. Triode vs. SET
For my taste, a speaker well matched with an OTL is the very best type of amplification overall, especially if you include compatability with a broader range of speakers than is . . .
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Best tube pre-amp below US $ 10.000,00 ?
I've not heard any preamp close to $10,000 that does not perform EXCEPTIONALLY well, really. Only issue would be some tube linestages with some SS amps with very low input . . .
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Joule Electra LA150 MkII or Lamm LL2 Deluxe?
I have owned both I have chosen the Joule 150 MKII. They are both excellent but I prefer the Joule because it has remote control, one volume control, and I feel produces a bigger . . .
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An Audiophile's journey
I must say that after trying many amps of various types over the past 25 years or so, none can do (or not do) what a great OTL can do. They are not cheap, they run warm, and they . . .
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Need Some Help Choosing an Integrated Amp
A used VAC Avatar is worth considering and it includes a high quality phono stage. If the quality of the Pass integrated in comparable to their separates, I doubt you could do . . .
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Audio Research Preamp Experts?
I understand that the SP16 was based on the 6s with there use of 12ax7s, is the older version a better sounding linestage, or did the improvement in parts surpass the older model, . . .
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Dual volume control - it should be standard
Not sure it can be done very successfully with stepped attenuators - unfortunately (maybe with 41 steps
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High end tube Preamp under $4k used that competes
I don't know the Cary, but what you are looking for can be found in the Joule LA-150MKII (more so with the Signature Edition version of the preamp). Will you like it better than . . .
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Whats with the Watts ??
Your speaker specs are essential. I also think the wattage you need will differ between SS and tube; tubes tend to permit louder playing before clipping becomes a problem so you . . .
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Tube amp decision - Thoughts
I've read a lot of good advice on this thread - especially the idea of using EL84s, and great product and service of Quicksilver Audio (though no EL84 amps). I do wonder if moving. . .
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Speakers: $3,000-$4,000 on Audiogon
Theil are wonderful speakers, but warm? The Harbeth line (the bigger ones for frequency extension) would fit the bill, or ProAc perhaps
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TVC Promethius versus Bent
Well, I certainly get the sense that the two brands are very competive with no clear cut winner, which is good as I can sort of decide on price, ergonomics, and aesthetics. I had . . .
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Tube integrated amps
I would ask Dynaudio how they feel about tube amps for their speakers, they tend to be 4 ohm speakers which is not necessarily a deal breaker but is less than ideal for a tube amp. . .
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Whose sorry now? Sellers remorse from selling amp.
But is the Nobis still a good amp? seemed interesting
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What sounds best integrated or separates?
I have been running a CAT JL2 with a CAT Pre and now a Placette Active. I will be trying the Ars Sonum 30 Watt integrated. I have reason to believe that with my speakers, the . . .
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How many tube watts for Vandersteen 2's?
Those 35 watts are magical, though Roger would say "nonsense" to that. But I think it would work for you. I owned the Music Reference RM9 Special Edition which was a . . .
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Is McIntosh a stepping stone into HI/FI?
I think MAC gear is first rate, and especially so regarding intangibles, like service, pride-of-ownership, and owning a piece of an american audio icon - like owning a Harley. . . .
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Should I get a new amp?
With that kind of impedance swing, and yet wanting the glory of tubes, I would take a look at the Music Reference RM200 which are great amps with any speaker (assuming 100 watts is. . .
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Atma-Sphere MA2 Mk2.3 / Krell KSA 250 / Passlabs?
If the Atma's can drive them fine - an awful lot of tubes though. I think you should take a look at the Pass XA-160s up for sale for less than $6,000 - I would choose the XA over X. . .
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Euphoric Realism vs. Euphonic Romanticism
Wow. With the list of preamps you have already tried, I would hestiate to recommend anything as a sure thing for you. One preamp that is fast and not euphonic is the CAT SL1, and I. . .
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difference between an active and a passive preamp?
A very good question, After having owned some of the finest tube line stages, and almost every type of passive, and given that I have low impedances sources with strong analog . . .
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SS Amp to replace VAC 300.1 in a side-ways move?
I have not heard the DarTZeel, but I'm sure it is a good option. The best SS I have heard that had some tube-like character was the Pass XA.5 series of amps. I think the SS gear . . .
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Digital Amps vs Solid State Amps
This is just a comment related to your current speakers, the 3.6s need alot of power and Class A power cost alot of $$$. From a pure finacial point of view, I think you will find . . .
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Could this be a Major Breakthough ?38
The best integrated amplifier
OP, are you working on the assumption that you will need at least 100 watts come what may
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Good amp match for vinatge Vandersteen 2C's?
I've owned the 2and 3s, as well as the RM10s, but never together. I will say that the RM10s are one of audio's magical amps, and if John Rutan says they are compatible in terms . . .
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what is an ideal tube amp
Sounds ideal for an OTL. I too heard them with Atma-sphere; impressive indeed
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Audio Research Reference Linestages
You forgot: Ref 1 is a lot cheaper than Ref 5
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stereo amp vs monoblocks, any advantages?
Are there advantages to monoblocks? Maybe. But I would not hesitate to buy a well designed stereo amp because of those theoretical benefits - I own both types. I don't think it is . . .
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RWA amp with DODD preamp both battery powered
Nothing I've used works better with the Atma-sphere amp than the Atma-sphere pre IHO. Loved the Dodd with my Music Reference, but the Atma-sphere gears works really well together, . . .
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Most Important?
I think the source is important (the recording most of all)but that diffences between CD players is relatively minor compared with difference between speakers - That is diminishing. . .
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Brand preference and opinions
I would lean towards McIntosh in that I think it can be sold to, and appreciated by, folks who themselves are not audiophiles. I think it has a broader reach as a brand than the . . .
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Atma Sphere S30 amp
Don't sell the RM10, you'll only buy it again later. Anthony, are you light loading the RM10? Using the 4ohm tap? Try it, you'll like it
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Need advice on amp to drive Vandersteen 2Cs
For most folks, I think SS is the way to go with VS, McCormack is obviously a good choice. Beyond that if you wnat to go tubes, you need some power, and Quciksilver V4 would be my . . .
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First Post, Looking to buy Amp& Pre, $7,000
I would look to a Pass Labs Integrated - that should be plenty of power and there are few that do SS as well as Pass. That being said, a SIM integrated should also be an excellent . . .
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whats the best addition u have bought for system
What is your budget now and over time
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Best Preamp = No Preamp?
While you can do that, I think you'll find that most listners will suggest you still need an active preamp for optimal sound - that is the volume controls in DACs, while functional. . .
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Preamp for Pass
Can't see why the LS26 would have an impedance mismatch issue with the Pass amps, seems to be perfectly within the theoretical impedance considerations, as it has fairly low output. . .
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First Tube Amp: Advice? Keep spare tubes on hand?
Jim McShane is really excellent for buying current production tubes well matched. Brent Jesse and Andy at Vintage Tube Services are excellent for NOS - I mean when you get your amp. . .
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The best passive preamp
Has anyone heard the First Sound Passive Preamp and compared with any of the TVCs on the market since the last post here. Quite a while, due to many threads on passives, but this . . .
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Audio Research Amp Shootout
I appreciate the time and effort you spent to run these amps and provide your impressions. I'm not sure I necessarily agree with Eee3 that going up the price point ladder means . . .
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Most important component??
Is the reason CD players, as opposed to Cd/redcordings, rank so low becasue there is relatively little variability in their quality and level of competence to do their job
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From Pass X250,5 to 350,5 : what to expect?
If the circuit design is the same, which I think they are, I would think lower power always sounds better if it is sufficient power to drive your speakers in your room to the . . .
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Lamm LL2 w/ Pass labs
I've owned the LL2 and the XA.5, not the X.5 and based on my listening to Pass Amps, I would think the would match well in terms of sound because the LL2 would add just a touch of . . .
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"Light Loading" Amps - Music Refence and others...
Yes, Roger does mention: "It also reduces noise, raises damping factor, reduces distortion by 78% and allows for 80% more peak current when needed. The only loss is about 20% . . .
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Best Sounding Passive Preamp
I have owned a few passives: Bent AVC, K&K with S&B102, Placette RVC, and Goldpoint. All were bettered by the Lightspeed Attenuator - but all were first-rate and the tranformer and. . .
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Why no heated gear?
I think warmth is the result of the equipment being on, not the sole cause of it sounding better, I think there is something else going on besides heat (though operating . . .
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Lost - Your combined experience required
Loose, have you ever heard your speakers sounds unveiled and more to your liking? I mean with other gear or in another system? Thta is, have you been able to determine that the . . .
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amps for Merlin VSM-MXE
Joule, Berning, Atmapshere are good,solid, traditional recommedations for Merlin. Cat Jl2 Used and Belles and SIM are also soldi rcommendations for the Merlins. I use the CAT with . . .
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Will the new C.A.T. LEGEND be the ultimate preamp?
bump = any new impressions
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Placette RVC review in Stereophile
Has anyone heard the active Placette and preferred the passive. I'm now using an RVC, it replaced a CAT Ulitmate MKII (as I only have one hi-output CD source and no phono, and . . .
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Cary 805, deHavilland or Atma-Sphere? Anyone cares
Sounds like a quick divorce
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Cary 805s or Atma Sphere M60s?
Agree with Mechans on autoformers, to some extent it defeats of the purpose of OTL, though they we still be excellent amps, but not the same with as without
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Who makes the best passive volume control?
This is an old thread, but having tried many of the passives mentioned, resistor, tvcs, and avcs, and since product have evolved, I thought it worth mentioning and perhaps . . .
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audio research sells out good or bad ?
For me at least, the high end is about passion and vision by a designer with a mission, or a small committed group (cottage industry? even the "big" ones are pretty small. . .
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Tube sound with no tubes
Isn't the Pass amp input impedance on the low side? 10kohm? I would think it would provide a challenge to many tube pres to drive adequately. I would confirm with the preamp . . .
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Tube amps with BALLS in the low end registrer ???
I don't you'll get better bass from a tube amp the CAT JL2 and JL3s. "Soft and Wet" - I don't think so, tranparent and natural maybe. You could probably work on the pre . . .
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What is the best value you have encountered?
Placette RVC ($1,000) - Can compete with megabuck preamplifiers in the right system
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Do tube dampers really work?
There seems to be some agreement that tube dampers offer an improvement. Why would a manufacturer of a relatively expensive preamp (over 4K) not offer a tube damper as part of the. . .
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New LFD Zero LE mkIV
I wonder if the if the NCSE has more current and lower output impedance (damping) than the MKIII - might be that the MKIII works better with easy loads and operates a bit more like. . .
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Does your system take you there or...?
It wold be pretty horrible to have a Symphony Orchestra sound as if it were in my 18x13 room - in general I would think approaching the sound of the recording venue would be the . . .
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What to put under my VAC AMP/ PREAMP??
A realtively low cost isolation solution that works very well is a solid stand with rubber/cork squares on the shelf supporting a 2"maple block and Herbies Iso Cups (for tubes. . .
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which el 84 amp or integrated
For sound quality, reliability, ergonomics and tube life, and can't think of one better than the Music Reference RM10MKII (which I will always regret having sold
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Amp for Coincident Super Eclipse
I would try the Atma-sphere M60s or one of the DeHavilland SETs
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Recommended 12au7/5814s for Atma-sphere MP-3
The Mullard is the one obvious pair I do not currently own that I do want to try. Are they all the same (CV4003 and the 12Au7s), any good sources? Does seem like Andy at VTS . . .
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EL34 Lovers?
I raise the question because one of my amps is the Ars Sonum which uses four JJ Tesla EL34L and I think it is a fantastic amp with my speakers (Merlin VSM)and I assume the use of . . .
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Newbie amp help......why?
The hobby is fun, but Blindjim gives fair warning. Tread carefully, but there certainly is better sound quality ahead of you, but you can waste a lot of money without a good dealer. . .
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Damping factor or watts?
I don't know anything about the technical stuff, I do know that my speakers need low damping to sound their best 9they are almost universally used with tube amps), preferably . . .
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"Reference" Preamps
Ghunter, I wanted to share my experience with Placette with you as you are considering your preamp change. I owned and loved my CAT Ulitmate MKII (? one of the best) and purchased . . .
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Yamaha A-S 1000 & 2000 --- How Good?
Yuk. I was hoping
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EL 34 vs. KT 88 ---- What's the difference?
Any further thoughts
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Atma-Sphere S-30 MK3
Duke's speculation makes perfect sense as a possible explanation. I use M-60 MKIIIs with my Merlins that have very flat impedance with no frequency anomalies that I can detect. Now. . .
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Mapletree Audio versus Decware preamps
I am looking for an amp that adds a little tube warmth, as I use a Lightspeed Attenuator with my Music Reference RM10 and RM9 SE amps, and it is about as neutral and transparent as. . .
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What preamps outshine the Aesthetix Calypso?
A CAT SL1 Ultimate should prove to be more dynamic - perhaps their greatest attribute [?], besides being very neutral for a tube preamp. There are others I like too, but for . . .
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Have I mismatched my preamp/amp?
Did the Cary warm things up
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Tube AMP or SS
I think MA is Monitor Audio. I have no idea if they have tube friendly impedances or not. As Unsound says, it is a matter of matching the amp to speaker and some work better with . . .
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Where to use Isolation devices
I found using Herbies Tenderfeet under Digital, and Isocups under all tube equipment has made me stop thinking about isolation, and that is worth the price of admission (whether . . .
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Matching an amp to the Vandersteen 3a signatures
Quicksilver V4s match well, in fact I think Richard used them at home, but I would get his feedback on it, I think it is one of his favourite tube amp brands and the V4s should be . . .
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Most powerful and popular EL34 tube amp?
I've not heard a better EL34 amp than the Music Reference RM9, which does have a 4 ohm tap
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Is anything better than Aleph 3?
I owned the Aleph 3s and then the 2s - I think you will find the First Watt Aleph J to be just as good, I prefered it the the Alephs but you reall can't go wrong with the First . . .
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An honest opinion about upgrading?
Room treatment is one of the last things I did. It should not have been. Given the level of your equipment, I would learn as much as I could about room treatment, at least for bass. . .
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Dodd preamp battery plays 40 minutes
The pre uses 4 batteries an should cost $80 or so. I think the issue with the batteries is if you run them and they don't fully discharge, let's say you operate them 2-3 hours and . . .
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BEL 1001 amps. Specs and ordering
Turek, what did you end up doing? I too am thinking of BEL, and Ayre for an SS amp for my Merlin VSM-MXe (they like underdamped amplfiers
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Music Reference RM Mono?
My feeling, rightly or wrongly, is that well designed stereo amps do, for all practicle purposes, separation as well as monoblocks - with much of the theoretical advantage being . . .
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Solid State Amps for Quad ESL 57?
Never used them with the speakers, but based on Atma-sphere's comments, it is possible that the older Pass Aleph amps might work in terms of the impedance issues mentioned - they . . .
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Pass Labs XA30.5 and ModWright KWA150
I too had the XA30.5 and M60s at the same time driving Merlin VSMs. The Pass is by far the best SS amp I have ever heard. I kept the Atma-sphere M60s, as it was the best amp I have. . .
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amp or preamp most important
Totally agree with TVAD and it is much easier to screw up an amp purchase than a preamp purchase (for the most part). Having said that, both pale in comparison to the importance of. . .
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Best looking Amp/Preamp/Integrated?
Ars Sonum integrated with gold faceplate. The Art Audio stuff is beautiful, and last but not least, the Dodd Audio Battery preamp with wood panels and mirrored steel top plate. Oh. . .
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Best preamp for atma sphere m60 under $3000 used?
The Atma's are not sensitive enough IMHO for passives with typical sources, maybe with very sensitive speakers. I found it did not work so great for me with the Merlins). I think . . .
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BAT vs. Quicksilver
There is a QS on sale today by seller thatpreviously owned by a BAT-VK-60 owner. You might be able to speak with him/her
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Integrated Amplifiers with neutral sound
Bryston and SIM are to excellent choices, why more? Price? Don't like those brands
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Tube Amp Recommendations
I doubt you'll find a better amp than your RM9. Have you tried Roger's RAM KT88s ($65 each)? You might feel like you have a new amp for less, and that RM9 is a classic (but it does. . .
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Amp/preamp suggestions in $3000-4000 range
I would look at McCormack amps combined with with deHavilland tube pre. Other good tube pres in the price range would be Audible Illusions, Modwright, and VTL. I think that . . .
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Good Tube Selection for Atma Sphere S30?
Some say it is good to mix RCA with Sylvania - that is what I do - seems to sound good. If you do buy NOS, Brent Jessie and Andy at Vintage Tube Services are consider to be among . . .
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Does your amp/preamp/int amp have to look good?
It has to look like it will sound good
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Thoughts on current EL-34 tubes
The Siemens tubes are excellent and available from Roger Modjeski of RAM Labs/Music Reference = perhaps the best tube tester in the business
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Audio Electronic Supply AES/Cary AE3 MkII preamp
Any more input on difference between the DJH and the MKII, both still available through Upscale. I am looking to use with two tube amps (Music Ref MRM10 and 9s) with 1v . . .
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Pass Labs A/B amps vs Class A amp and Actual Power
As Elberoth sugggests, the XA.5 series is very conservatively rated, I can tell you that having owned the XA30.5 I would discuss it with Pass Labs, if they tell you it should be no. . .
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tube pre amp plus solid state power amps?
Suikang, I think your "worry" is well grounded, I simply could never find an SS amp that would be my full-time amp, and I tried. I own Merlins VSMs that work extremely . . .
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Berning ZH-270 Replacement
Barry, how much power do you need to drive the Sonus? What is the impedance of the speaker like
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Looking for a great el34 based amp
A used Music Reference RM9 - I think one of the best EL34 based amps ever made - but not "euphonic" - for that I would try an older Conrad Johnson like an MV50
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What is the best integrated tube amp under $3k ?
I can't compare it to the other integrateds mentioned, but the Ars Sonum SE competes very well with separates I have owned from CAT, Atma-spherse, and Music Reference. Now I own . . .
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Goldpoint Passive Preamps
Has anyone tried the Goldpoints
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EL34 Integrated
The Ars Sonum is a $4,000 bargain (given how expensive comparable(?) separates would cost, and it is doubtful than any integrated amp can sound better with the Merlins
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Grant Fidelity B-283 Tube Buffer: Worthwhile or No
I did not realize Des was an audio peddler, it wasn't clear from his post. Thanks for clarifying
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Can any preamps for $2-3k touch Auregies-L?
An alternative for the kind of sound you are looking for would be the Joule LA-150MKII- not saying it is better than the Shindo, since I am not familiar with the Shindo, but it is . . .
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SS for Merlins VSMs?
I am going to post this in the Speaker forum - I think it is more appropriate
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best class a amp for a grand?
Pass Aleph is MUCH more likely to come up for sale (plentiful) and capacitors should be in much better shape, if not replaced, than the Fortes that come up. You mentioned Belles, . . .
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Good amps for Thiel CS 3.7 speakers?
Can you find out what amps Theil has used at audio shows? That is usually a good start. An SS amp you might want to investigate for giving alot of high quality watts at a good . . .
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Atma Sphere deserves praise
I agree. Which is one reason I own Atma-sphere and Merlin, and Joule. There is something to be said for 15-20 year old designs that were so well executed the first time, that it is. . .
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Newbie - Which USED Amp & Preamp for under $2500
Kurt_tank advice is priceless. If you are going to invest in your system, settle on the speakers first or you will start going around in circles; the speakers will then inform your. . .
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MAC Autoformers?
I'm not even sure what the autoformer does. It seems like an effort to provide the same level of power no matter what the impedance load of the speaker is - which in theory sounds . . .
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Cayin A-88t vs. Almarro A318B
Are the 318A and Bs intended for different types of speakers? Do you lose something with the Bs in order to get more current
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Proper use volume control?
Brf might be on to something
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Music Reference RM9 and Preamp Experiences
I know there are a few thousand of you out there that own the RM9s or RM200s
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Atma-sphere 3.0 to 3.1
One of you 1,000,000 Atma fans must have tried this, no
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need help on transparent sounding 12au7 tubes
I would say the Telefunken are most like what you describe followed by Siemens. Andy at VTS is proabably your best source for honestly measured tubes that you can rely on - the guy. . .
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Passive Preamps? Anyone?
With that 15kohm inout impedance I would only go with the Pass B1 Buffer, not quite passive, but awfully close. For some reason the GON consensus seems to be that TVC and AVCs (I'. . .
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List : Components with high dynamics
CAT amps and preamps are the most dynamic electronics I have heard. Of course, how dynamic they will sound will depend on the speakers they are matched with, but they'll be very . . .
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Atma-sphere S-30 with Reference 3A?
It is enough power with the DeCapo's sensitivity (92db?), only question is does the DeCapo have a smooth impedance curve which is important with the OTLs, 30 watts should be enough. . .
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Power: Good or Bad
No doubt an amplifier must provide sufficient juice to provide adequate output, and the most divine 8 watt amp will sound completely inadequate with a low efficiency speakers. But . . .
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"Budget" preamp choices.
I recently replaced my CAT SL2 Ultimate ($8,000) (a "dynamics" champ)with the Placette RVC ($1,000). I did not make the move for financial reasons. The Placette does not . . .
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Preamplifier: Yes or NO ?
I think that if the current and impedance matches between the source and amp match well it is best to avoid the complexity, circuitry, and power supplies of an active preamplifier. . .
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Downsizing from Audio Research REF110 to 100.2
Will you only consider ARC for your SS amp options
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How to divide up $4,500, Amp/Speakers
The VSMs with Lightspeed and RM10s are SOTA IMHO (the LS replaced my Joule LA150 SE which is wonderful in its own right), but Clio9 might be right with the output impedance issue, . . .
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Pre and power amp for Vandersteen 3A Signature?
I agree that if you want to go SS, Ayre would be hard to beat with Vandersteen - that would be my first choice. But if price plays into it, McCormack DNAs would be do just fine
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Hybrid vs. Straight Tubes
I think you should buy as much power as you need (which may be less than you think). Which is dependent on speaker, room, and loudness requirements. In almost every case I have . . .
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best Integrated amp under 4000$
VAC Avatar or Mac 2275. If the Totems are tough on tubes, I would look into the Pass Integrated
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Three Cheers for Pass Labs
This is going to get very repetitive as I had exactly the same type service from Pass and Mark at RenoHiFi. The fact that Pass' SS is perhaps the finest available does not hurt . . .
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Best Integrated Amplifier Made at the USA
Newly, do you have a price range in mind, or do you just mean an all out assault regardless of price
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Pre Amp or Amp Best Money Spent
I think the better preamp is more important, as Narrod said "In general, the preamp will have more effect on sound than the the amp (as long as the speakers have enough power. . .
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Ultralinear and Triode. What's the difference
The CAT JL2 uses a pentode tube (6550) in triode mode. I don't beieve there was any compromise made in choosing tridoe operation. It is one of the best sounding amplifiers I have . . .
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6sn7 and 12sn7 octal preamp for under $5k
Mapletree Audio - under $1000 with tube regulated power
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Tube Power Amp Recommendations around $2000
I second the Atma-sphere S30 recommendation, Class A, Triode, and no transformers, hard to beat for tube amplification, and the Zus should thrive with OTLs (though it might be a . . .
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Anyone have a Music First Preamp ?
If you can afford the Music First, you can afford to try the <$500 Lightspeed Attenuator - might be interesting if you want to be amazed. When you don't have impedance issues to . . .
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what impacts the sound quality more amp or pre-amp
I think the choice of speaker and then the choosing the amp to drive them is the most important choices in building a system; other than the recording and the room, they will . . .
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EL34 differences in air & stage depth?
RAM Labs (Roger Modjeski) sells Siemens EL34s as well. Use them in my Music Reference RM9SE
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Which has greatest influence?
I would say the amp/speaker match is the most critical, get that wrong it doesn't matter. Get that right and most decent preamps and sources will be ok, and only better as you . . .
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Battery Powered Preamps
It would be interesting to hear from some designers on the issue, like Ralph Karsten of Atma-sphere and others. Since I know nothing at all about electronics I may be blind to . . .
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In Whose Ears Do You Trust Most?
"She keeps me honest, she can be merciless as she has no emotional investment." Precisely. As for the Merlins, nothing has lead me to stray from them. Another solution . . .
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sweet, euphonic, reasonably powerful tube amp?
That Quicksilver V4 is an execellent recommendation for what you are looking for, and there is one up for sale now. Hard to beat for the price
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AR LS 26 and Pass Labs X350.5 Compatible?
With the specs Audiofeil quotes, you should not have any compatability problems regarding impedance issues
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Why I sell
I sell because I want to try different pieces, its part of the hobby I enjoy and I don't want to have 20 amps and preamps laying around. It is rarely (ever?)a case related to the . . .
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isolation
I agree with the spirit of Mechans' comments. Not that vibration and isolation are not an issue, but that with a few inexpenisve approaches you can address a lot of the problem . . .
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Audio Research, next upgrade?
Seems pretty hard to really improve significantly over what you already have, other than what Swampwalker mentions, which is if the B&W is really an ideal speaker load for a 100 . . .
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Best Integrated Under $3000
SS or Tubes? Either
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OTL Tube Amp for Maggie 3.6?
You might need that just for tubes on the MA-3
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Vintage Amps - Pleasantly surprised
03-19-11: Buconero117 HiFiharv, I think your wrong, they have learned something in the past 50 years. What? How to take your money in the name of 'hi-end' So true, though you can . . .
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Pass X150.5 vs. X250.5
Does not seem like an issue that will be solved by going from 150 to 250 watts (not much of a difference in dbs)and I think the 3As are fairly easy to drive and your room is not . . .
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Which Preamp will go well with Mag 3.6R ?
I'm not clear. You say $5000 for CD and pre - how much do you have budgeted for an amp? or is that included in the $5000
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Experience with high end fuses????
It has been beyond my ability to notice any consitent, identifiable improvements with these specialty fuses. But that might say more about my hearing than the fuses. To me it is . . .
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Describe the ideal high end audio dealership
I agree with alot of what has been said. I just wonder if the "ideal" dealership could stay in business
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Unity gain with tube buffer?
Hi. If Promethius makes what I'm looking for, Idon't see it on their website
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recommend full featured preamps?
Roger Modgeski of Music Reference/RAM Labs is working on a tube preamp in the $1,000 range that uses tone controls. He was looking to design controls that overcame the problems of . . .
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The SET amp question.
I was I had the luxury to try some of the low powered SETs with high efficiency speakers - if I did, I would be very eager to try the Music Reference EM7 since I have found their . . .
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Conrad Johnson vs. McIntosh Tube Gear
I think both Mike Sanders and Tony are right; that was my experience with AI and QS 8417 an excellent combination
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Build location for tube integrateds
I believe the Stingray is 40 Watts in ultralinear (20 in triode). Watts is watts, but tubes clip more gracefully so they sound better than SS when the reach their power limits so . . .
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Best monoblocks around 3-4k used for revel studios
Jsut to clarify, MC-501s are $8,000 for a pair
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Best Line Stage Preamp?
Hard to answer "best" type questions, since most people's sampling of available products is small or shortlived. I can say that I love my CAT Ultimate and prefer it to . . .
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What makes a bigger change, dac or preamp?
Generally speaking I think Buconero117 is right - in most cases
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Best tube pre-amps under $1,000
I would get a new Mapletree Audio linestage or full funtion preamp at this price point and even if I could afford considerably higher. Not audio jewelry (thick aluminium or steel . . .
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Nagra plp versus CAT ultimate mk 2
I think Jafox got it precisely. For tonal colors, I would look at the Joule preamps. I love both the CAT and the Joule, but between the two the Joule gives you more of what you . . .
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Atma-Sphere MA-1 Mk.3.1 Vs. Atma-Sph. MA-2 Mk.3.1
Donfibre, have you gotten the amp? If so, what do you think
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best vintage 70s, 80s amp?
Jazz, rock, and classical - that pretty much covers all the bases sonically. Why are you looking for a vintage amp? What is it about it being vintaged that appeals to you? And, do . . .
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What pre amp to use in my system?
There is a Transcendent preamp up for sale for $450. Don't know the preamp, but their amps have an excellent reputation. Also don't know the output impedance of the pre and the . . .
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Tube Amp recommendation
In that price, I've been looking at the Almarro 318B (Japaneese made SET 18 watt integrated) - you see a good review at sixmoons
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Herron VTSP 2 or First Sound PreAmps
Joule LA150 MKII - Flav 2. Will flesh out the tonality of an SS amp; which sound like what you are looking for. Also love the Lamm LL2, but did not like dual pots and no remote
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Preamp Experiences with Atma-sphere Amps
Mrderrick, or others, do you think the Atma pre works very well with the Atma amp, but might not be so strong with other amps? I real matter of synergy
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Better than a CAT?
I've actually heard very strong review from a fellow-audiogoner that is using the Ming Da with his CAT JL2 and loves it. Price does not appear to be an issue. So there may be . . .
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Impressed with Tubes
Pay close to attention to Rlawry and Atmasphere's comments, a tube amplifier must be well mated to the speakers. Certain speakers need to have SS amplification if they do not have . . .
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Feedback on Audiogon
I think Audiogon provides an extremely good audience of potential buyers at a very reasonable price. If it goes to supporting the folks who run and maintain the site - it is money . . .
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HELP Digital bad, vinyl good???
I have to admit I did the very same thing. Was I happy when I figured it out
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RIP - Richard Brown, BEL
I'm very sorry to hear of his passing. This is one amp that was always on my short list of "must try", but it wasn't the easiest product to find or audition. It must be . . .
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"Neutral/Clear Amp vs. Dark Amp"
The four brands you mention are all very fine and among them you will hear some of the best available, do you really want to muddy the waters with another 12 brands that will be . . .
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Tube amps known to have a low damping factor?
Are there any tube amps with DF higher than 20? You don't see that much, I don't think
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Musical Fidelity A5, Simaudio I-5 or Krell s300i
The Ayre is very fine, but I don't believe it is Class A as previously stated, if it were, it would very likely be more the sufficient power to drive the Vandies to very, very loud. . .
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First Watt to Pass Labs
Are the J2 and M2 both designed for similar types of speakers and the choice would be based on preferred "flavor" or is one better suited to certain kinds of speakers. . .
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top 5 preamps under $1,200
Mapletree 2A os first rate. Tube regulated power supply in a separate chassis, point-to-point, and 6sn7 or 12sn7 (cheaper NOS)with the flip of a switch. Previously owned CAT, Lamm. . .
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Best U.S. made integrated tube amp under $2500?
Hmmm. I would look into the Manley Stingray and the Rogue Cronus. I assume 40-50 tube watts is more than enough to drive the Dulcets. What I would buy for the price, and better . . .
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Recomendations Please
Don't the amp is the issue. Room optimization first. Then a move to the 3A Sig, if that doesn't quite do it for you. Not sure the 2wqs are really about more bass, as much as . . .
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Jadis DA 60 Integrated
Trelja, with a 89db speaker with a very smooth impedance curve and only a 6 1/2" woofer, do you think the DA30 might be a better sounding amp the DA60 simply on the basis of . . .
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Recommendations for a small tube amplifier?
I would put a Music Reference RM10 (EL84) on your list
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"Tube Like" SS Integrated Amps
I second the Portal Panache, has alot of that Pass sound (tube like SS
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Quicksilver amp owners
I've owned the 8417s and the V4s. They were mighty fine amps. One thing you will notice that is that many QS owners seem to be pretty loyal to the brand, among other reasons they . . .
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Baby Steps back to Tubes.
Has2be, is your question then what 30-60 watt tube amps do we recommend? Pauly, of course is right about that speaker with tubes. So are you just looking for tube amp . . .
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WHAT'S THE BEST SOLID STATE PREAMP FOR $3000 ??
The Placette is very good, but I would think not a very good match with the amp. It would be very interesting to hear the X1 against the Nelson's no gain buffered preamp from First. . .
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TVC preamps: good or bad?
I don't know if they introduce colorations and aberrations, but they do seem to be very transparent and quiet and don't appear to be much bother by impedance matching issues that . . .
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Choice on a $3,000 to $5,000 SS amp
how many watts do you need? If 30 is enough, I doubt there is any ss better than Pass XA30.5 or used XA60s. Although Ayre would certainly be on my short list
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300B or 845?
Do any of you think that a 15-20 watt SET would be able to drive a pair of Merlin VSMs (89db and very smooth 8 ohm load)adequately in a 13x18 room? I would like to try SET, I have . . .
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Best Tube Pre-Amp under 4K
Just curious, have you considered using a Channel Island passive? That seems to be the approach preferred by the company. But to answer your question, the Joule 150MKII must be . . .
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Passive preamp recommendation to my system
I have enjoyed BENT TAP-X, Placette RVC (and Active Buffered), K&K S&B Transformer, Goldpoint passives. The best of the lot in an ideal set up has been the Lightspeed Attenuator (. . .
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Favorite Pre Amp and Amp with Vandersteen?
When I owned the 3As, the Quciksilver V4s were a good match. I heard that for many years RV had Vandersteen at home. ARC sounded great at Rutans;s The CAT JL2 were a step up from. . .
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CAT JL-2 amp upgrade
Posbwp555, what preamps have you auditioned to replace your CAT? Have you found something you like better? I have a JL2 and use to have a SL1, which I have replaced with a Placette. . .
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Help with a first tube amp Please
I don't think you can get a better recommendation that Grinnell's for not only an introduction to tubes in an integrated, but just maybe an endgame - which of the three? Ask 3 . . .
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tube amp for ProAc Response.. need suggestions
Audio Research and ProAc have been a long-time recommendation, not sure if you can get there with $1000 - maybe some older versions
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Best Tube Preamp with Phono under $2000 ?
A used Audible Illusions 3A should be on your short list; not much more than that new
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First Watt F3 or Red Wine Audio 30.2
First Watt is Nelson Pass, should be in business for a while
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Name brands that are not so well known are skipped
By the time I would do a keyword search on Audiogon, I will have already spent much time on the forum, reading reviews, and otherwise researching the product. For me it would be . . .
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Monoblocks to consider?
Mentioned earlier was the Pass XA30.5; I had it for a while and it is indeed a very good match with the Merlins - it is one SS amp that certainly works well with them and the bass . . .
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Merlin VSM and SETs?
So far I am not too encouraged. I was thinking of SETs in the 16-18 Watt range, but I suspect this may be pushing it with the Merlins (I'm not changing speakers). I was thinking . . .
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A question I suspect reveals a lot of ignorance...
A meter is critical for getting correct placement in your room for the smoothest spectral balance - especially important for get the bass right - but this is off thread. I think . . .
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Cat JL2 with blown board. Advice needed
The CAT JL2 Signature is likely the best push-pull, transformer coupled amp in the world. The Symphonic Line is proabably the amp that Ken Stevens would recommend if you did not . . .
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Best 80-100 w Amplifier Available Under $4k Used?
I think Rep4ever's comments on damping factor versus watts is probably right. I can see the excitment that comes from switching to an amp that provides damping your speakers may . . .
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VAC Preamp: Is my Phono stage failing?
Have you asked Kevin what he thinks the problem might be
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Advice on switching to separates
Very unlikely you will better yourself with that move at that budget for separates. Why don't you ask Allan Shaw? I suspect he would tell you to stick with what you have. If you . . .
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Creek Destiny or Rogue Cronus Magnum?
I think that Samlucas091 was saying that how good an amp will perform is system dependent, and especially viz-a-viz the speakers it will be driving. To compare such different amps . . .
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Pass X vs XA amps sound quality in class A range
The X don't sound as good as XA.5s given that the XA.5 provides sufficient power, they are not both "similarly excellent". So, if 160 watts is enough power for your . . .
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Mapletree 4SE w/PS2 Users describe strong/weak pt
One of the greatest bargains in this crazy hobby. Having owned AI, ARC, LAMM, CAT, JOULE, and ATMA-SPHERE tube linestages, I feel this preamp can compete with most anything out. . .
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Some of the best pre amps used for $600 or less
You might want to look into the Mapletree Audio linestage, two box, tube regulation, variable gain, and $760 new! Made by hand, point-to-point by a retired Canadian electrical . . .
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Amps in the same class as Pass XA.5 series
I would say Ayre and Symphonic Line are worthy SS competitors to Pass. I'm not sure I am comfortable with the phrase "amp du jour" used to describe any Pass amp, as I . . .
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Amplifier progression and change
I think 35 year old amps with replaced capacitors, etc can be every bit as good as "modern" gear, but I do think a move to tubes would be an improvement, even if your . . .
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EL34 SED, Black Sable or Genelex Gold Lion?
I think the Siemens will give you what ever 3D is in the recording, no more no less - if you are after that quality. Since you can't really control the recordings, I would focus . . .
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The mighty CAT preamp
I too made the move from the CAT to the Joule preamp which works very well with my Music Reference RM9 SE Amp and Merlin speakers (I also use an Atma-sphere pre with my Atma-sphere. . .
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Pleasantly Surprised
I don't know what "very expensive" means. But the NOS Siemens EL34s sold by RAM Labs are superb at $140 a pair. For less money, the current production Winged "C". . .
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Good SS Amp for Vandies 2 Ce
I think you would be hard pressed to do better than the Quicksilver V4s to match up with the VSs. I think Richard used them for many years. I think they are 120 watts with the . . .
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Transitioning from Tubes back to SS
Do you know if your speakers have a smooth impedance curve. They certainly should be loud enough with 2-5 watts, but are they an easy load for tubes? If had 99db and smooth . . .
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The Most Musical Class A/B Power Amplifier??
The Belles certainly deserve an audition, but I think you must also add Ayre to your list in that power range
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Reliable tube integrated for $1000
I would do some research on the Cayin 50T. A superb amplifier overall and incredible for the price point, assuming 35 tube watts is enough for you - 88db or higher sensitivity and. . .
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Which integrated Amp for Vandersteen 2ce Sig2 ?
art80342, did you audition the Pass Integrated
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classic sounding 25 watt tube amp
The Music Reference RM10 is the best 25-35 watt tube amp I have heard. Is it the best? Who knows. A very fine amp that also has the benefit of being extremely reliable and VERY . . .
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Question about set amps and low sensitivity spkrs
The short answer is yes you can use the SET with your B&W without doing damage (though your tubes will work harder than they would with a different speaker, but that isn't damge, . . .
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Best tube amp for Wilson Watt/Puppy
I agree you would be hard pressed to do better than a CAT JL2
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Triode versus Ultralinear/Pentode
So I take it that if I were to convert the Music Reference to triode it should be triode only, optimized for triode, and not a triode/ultralinear via switch approach
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Help What Say You - Amp choices
Undertow is 100% correct, but you need some guidance to choose tube-friendly speakers. Generally speakers with a very smooth impedance curve, and if it nominally 8 ohms rather than. . .
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Pass Labs XA-160 vs Levinson 33H
You other option would be to keep you Pass and get a low output impedance preamp like the Joule 150MKII, unless you just love the ARC pre, which many people do
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Replace my Berning ZH-270?
Music Reference RM9 works well (I have the at setup with your speakers) The Pass XA30.5 worked very, very well for SS. CAT JL2 (which I also own) is about as good as it gets wiht . . .
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Amps and integrateds w/ similar sonic sig to MC275
" is it fair to say that at least some of the sound from the MC275 is a result of the KT88's? If I consider KT88 amps from other companies, is there a likelihood that there . . .
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Rawson Amps
I imagine a Rawson buiold of a Pass circuit would sound pretty similar to a First Watt version, since I don't get the sense they are hard to make, only hard to create the circuit . . .
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Integrated amplifier recommendations, Please
I think you need to decide on your speaker upgrade first, as that will dictate the amp you might need. With some speakers you might be fine with a better quality, but lower powered. . .
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Large brass devices on top of power amps ?
I use edensound stuff from Vermont Audio - very well made and not to expensive - on the other hand I'm not at all sure I can hear a difference on my EMM Labs CD Player or Atma-. . .
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Looking for a new tube preamp
I would not rule out the Mapletree mentioned above, do not let the $800 (with Blackgate caps)price fool you. This is a very well conceived product, and the fact that it can use . . .
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Class A watts vs Class A/B watts
I think it will be impossible to get an answer about the Accuphase with your speakers without trying it, there are just too many variables that could make 30watts problematic, or . . .
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The $5000.00 Complete System Challenge
I would get the best Arcam integrated and CD-player I could afford along with the Vandersteen 2Ce. I would also look at the PSB or Paradigm speaker lines for alternatives to the VS. . .
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$8oo dollar budget
Agree with Tvad, tubes will have trouble driving those speakers becuase of the impedance dip and swings and maintaining balance from highs to lows. That B&K is a pretty good amp . . .
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Best Speaker and tubes for Cary SLI80 Signature F1
There seems to be to sides to Kevin, both real
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Pass Labs amps. Help me choose.
The XA.5 series is the best sounding SS I have ever heard (I have also owned a few Alephs). I drove my 89db Merlins (easy load) with the XA-30.5 - beleive me, it was plenty of . . .
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125 watt or 80 watt?
I don't think wattage differences here should be an issue either way. Other factorss seem much more important. Like features
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Isolation suggestions for amplifer
Is it possible to isolate from airborne vibration? Seems like you would have to drain that somehow. This reminds me of a really old thread....the isolationist versus the drainers. . . .
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Reasonably Priced PreAmp without Phono ?
Used Audible Illusions 3 or 3A
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Downgrading... Is it possible??? Suggestions
In a move to integrated, I would take a look at the new Pass Labs integrated - a start to "downgrading" while maintaing the level of perfomance you are accustomed to. As . . .
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845 SET? deHavilland / Art Audio/et..al.
Alan, are the Carissa the best 845s you've heard
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Pass Labs Amplifier Meter meaning?
On the XA series, it appears to have no meaning. I never got any movement on my meter while playing music. Someone said if it starts moving you are close to clipping. If you get . . .
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Are tube watts equal to solid state watts?
I agree that a watt is a watt, but tube amps can play louder due to smoother clipping characteristics than SS amps of similar power, so they will tend to seem more powerful - at . . .
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CAT Ultimate/Tube rolling
Does the tube used make an auditory difference in the cathode follower slots (V5, V10
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Decware CSP2 +
Anyone own it
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Thoughts of Pass XA30.5, 60.5
Jafox's suggestion seems to make a lot of sense XA highs/mids X bass
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Preamp recomendation
Though there groups of committed activists and pacifists, I will say that there are folks using passive that have made that choice coming from very expensive active line stages in . . .
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Aesthetix Calypso Signature vs. ARC REF 3
I do wonder what it is about the Aesthetix preamp that makes it so prone to comments like, "with the right tubes...." This label seems to have stuck in a way that you don. . .
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Pass XA30.5 vs. X150.5
What Jtinn said
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ARC versus Joule Electra
I think that HPs comments on the LA150MKII capture the essence of the preamps sound and the Joule sound in general, but for the LA150MKI which was a different animal all together . . .
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All I want is The Truth, just gimme some truth...
So Anthony, when are you going to buy a B1 so I can figure out if I should get one? Kidding - sort of. I'm pretty sure that in my set up, a buffer could only hurt, but if I had to . . .
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Quicksilver V4 or Silver 88 advice needed.....
I agree with John. When you say "2.0 for now" does that mean you might at the subs later? Or is that just out of the question? It is hard to argue with 4 output tubes . . .
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What power cord with your ARC AR VS 115?
I asked ARC about aftermarket powercords when I owned one of their amps, after discussing it with them I kept their power cord - they don't sound like the believe it makes any . . .
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Are Meridian Pre-Amps Awful or Something?
The "Bose thing" is about the worst thing you could say in audiphile circles, fighting words
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Help with Pre-Amps
In your price range, I would consider a Quicksilver Audio linestage, very, very good for the price. I don't think it is much above that new, and should be in your range used
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What should I change
I think you need to start with the amp/speaker match, and in my experience tubes always involve you more with the music the SS (my ears and taste). Your speakers are pretty easy to. . .
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What is your favorite tube for a preamplifier ?
Well, one of my favourite preamps (Atma-sphere) uses 6sn7s, but my other favourite tube preamp (Joule) uses 6350s which I never heard of - I think they were designed for TVs, not . . .
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I would like some feedback on a int. amp
Agree with Br3098, we need to know the speakers to make a better recommendation
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I want to try tubes, need suggestions
What speakers? Absent that, hard to make a specific recommendation. For example, the Leben, just recommended, will be fantastic or woefully underpowered or impedance mismatched - . . .
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How good is the Dodd battery powered preamp ?
Any new comments on the Dodd
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Straight wire and gain linestage?
Do you need gain from your pre, or is a passive an option for you
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How would you rate these 2 Channel amps
I'm not sure about availability where you are located, but Pass (and Threshold as mentioned before), SIM, and Plinius are top notch solid state gear
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Do you remember?
Did the SF people move on to another venture? Are they still "in the business" under a new name or working for other people? I can't imagine that design talent just . . .
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HELP Why no bass? Why bright?
Is it possible to address this issue without knowing room dimensions, speaker placment, and listening position
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Why do some model names use "MKII"?
Or happy MKI owners will have a chance to be happier, where they might otherwise just stick with what they already have
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Impendance taps setting on a tube amp
If you have enoough power with the 4ohm tap (why you have to listen)I think there is every reason to beleive the amp will be more linear, have lower distortion, and drive the . . .
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Joule Electra LA 150 MK2 upgrade
I prefer the SE to the prevous MKII, it is better to my ears, but I could easily live with the MKII (non-SE). I'm not sure how much better the 300 might be, but I can tell you this. . .
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A home for my cans
I would look at the Benchmark DAC Pre - a pre, DAC w/USB, and reportedly one of the best headphone amps on the market all rolled into one
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Best integrated to drive vandersteen 2c's
I'm would think the MF gear would be very good indeed. I suspect that 100-150 watt integrateds from Rotel would also be a very good match at your price point
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Manley Stingray Integrated amp.
What are you currently using
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SET amp w/Neg feedback?
There are many ways to make great sounding amps, and between theory and listening there can be a great gap. Like Onemug says, don't get caught up in what should or shouldn't sound . . .
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What is the Best Integrated tube amp you heard
Ars Sonum Filoharmonia with Merlin VSMs
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McCormack Amp Upgrades
I know there are other contenders, but in my experience, Pass amps are the finest SS available, and if not the "best" close enought to be the end game for many. If I had . . .
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"Budget" pre tube with SS power amp
If you are able to find Audible Illusions in Europe, it would be worth auditioning for preamps in your price range. Other good tube preamps in that range are the deHavilland and . . .
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2-3K, Integrated or Seperates
I think 3K integrated should always be better than 3K separates, and probably are. That is, at the same price points the integrated should have better parts with lower chassis . . .
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Balanced preamps with Atma-sphere MA-2's
R f Sayles, did you choose the Aesthetix Calypso over the MP-3 after comparing the two, or hear the Aesthetix, loved it, and decided to go with it
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how does rogue zeus compare cat or atma-sphere?
It might be hard to come by someone with this particular audition. I doubt many CAT owners would consider Rogue as an alternative to replace their CATs (not that the Rogue might . . .
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Music Reference vs. Quicksilver
Tubes108, I agree with you, but keep in mind that the very same can be said about RM, both the man and the product. Two classic designers, if that can be said of a person
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Best monoblock tube amp with Vandersteen 5A
Holygrail, Regarding your comment on the subwoofer, is there not an improvment in the mids and his as a result of removing low bass out of the main box, and the freeing up of the . . .
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What a better pre-amp Arc Ls-27 or Ref-3
That seems to be the emerging consensus, but in either case you would own a very fine preamp; no weak link with either of these two
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Leben CS600 or ARC VSi60 with Harbeth Compact 7's
I assume you have not interest in SS alternatives? I'm a tube guy, but it seems Harbeth is a brand that does quite well with SS and there are alto of high quality options
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Quicksilver V4 vs Manley Snappers
Got a coin
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Cayin A88T - My Favorite Amp Out of Numerous - FYI
A very good pairing for your Joule would be the Music Reference RM9 MKI or II. I had the 150 Signature Edition with the RM9 Special Edition and that was about as good as it get at . . .
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Your thoughts on these different tubes?..
I think el84s may be the best of the bunch, if you can live with 15-30 watts
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Which speaker post to use: 4 ohm or 8 ohm?
Atkinson is right, and while you will lose some power with the 4ohm tap, it should be more linear and lower distortion, and a lighter load on the output tube, so longer tube life. . . .
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Preamps for Atma-Sphere OTL Amplifiers
Having used other fine preamps with the M60s, I would use an MP-3 with the upgrades - which I now use, or upgrade to the MP1 which I assume must be better yet, but I have only . . .
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Adding Placette for finer volume adjustment?
I did the very same thing to attenuate the gain on my CAT SL1 - the Placette must be very transparent as I could not easily discern its presence in the chain, but it did solve the . . .
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Two things about tubes
Q1 Yes, and a bit longer for SS (unless you leave it on all the time) Q2. Not an issue unless you have a bad tube. In a phono stage you would need tubes measured for being . . .
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Good tube integrated for Merlin speakers?
I think Bobby is not particularly keen on SET with his speakers; I had considered that route. I own the Ars Sonum and the Joule/CAT JL2 combo and in the Ars is certainly . . .
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Why hasnt yamamoto A-o11 gotten more love?
I agree, but a big channel imbalance is weird. It does make you question if something wasn't right with the unit, it seems to be pretty basic, and not too challenging to get right
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Will Old MAC outperform Cambridge 640 Azur V2?
Like Pescolar says, it doesn't feel the same to own a Cambridge, and that counts for something over time
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EL84 amp Vs. EL34 amp
I think Nolitan has captured the generalizations precisely. But do remember that the ciruit can influence those difference quite a bit. I have an EL84 and EL34 amp from the same . . .
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Cloning Class A Classics Continued..
So are the Tim Rawson Aleph J clones "approved" by Nelson Pass
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First Impressions of a First Watt - the Aleph J
I read this review a long time and kept it in mind for future rference. I've been running my Merlin VSM MXe with the 100 Watt, Class A, Triode CAT JL2, and I can tell you that is a. . .
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Amp upgrade suggestions for a $2K budget
While you can certainly make some marginal improvement with you amp/preamps, nothing will make close to as much difference as changing your speakers. I would find the speaker you . . .
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Suitable tube preamp for pass labs x250
I would pay attention to what Tvad said. Great preamps won't sound so good if not matched properly with the input impedance of the amp. One fine tube preamp that can qualify would . . .
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otl vs push/pull
Just for some context on how good I think Ralph amps (M-60s in my case) are compared with some transformer-coulped amps, I own and love the CAT JL2, which is surely one of the . . .
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What is the best tube pre for $350 used? HF detail
Possibly something by Eastern Electric
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Amp upgrade for 2 Ce Sig II
Seems to me that Belles and McCormack are mighty fine choices at your price points. Vandersteen needs some watts and current for its bass, SS is a good way to do it at your price . . .
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Up grading power amp... Mono blocks or stereo amp?
I think that a stereo amp can sound every bit as good as a monoblock amp of similar "quality" - that most of the "advantage" is theoretical with a little bit of. . .
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Tube amps vs solid state for large speakers
I would think with those specs and assuming a smooth impedance curve that 60 tube watts would be plenty of power to drive them as loud as I would ever want to hear them. That of . . .
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Isolation for tube amps
Would the HALO tube dampers help with airborne vibrations
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favorite pass amp?
Have any of you had a chance to compared the Aleph J with previous Alephs and or the XA series. As a point of reference I use Joule LA 150-MKII which can drive fairly low input . . .
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McIntosh Integrated
What intrigues me about the 6900 is the futionality of the autoformer, not available on the 6300 or 6500, the 2275 obviously has transformers that acomplish much the the same thing. . .
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Active or passive preamp
Dave, how many companies make an AVC using your transformers? Is John C still selling commercially available units
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Amp help with a B.E.L. 1001 Mk.II
Where is this store
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VTL ST-150 vs... ?
Interesting, I was going to recommend the Belles to you, especially with a passive linestage since it has a very high input impedance for an SS amp (100kohm). Perhaps what you seek. . .
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Ayre AX-7e vs. Belles Reference 150A
Of the three, the Pass gear is by far my preference, but you are talking about 30 watts there which may be an issue with some speakers. The J was almost as good as the XA30.5 with . . .
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Does the ARC Ref5 sound better than Ref2/3 ?
Markwatkiss, that might have to wait till the Ref 6
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12AU7 & 6922
Biggest bang for the buck NOS 12au7 is the RCA Cleartop IMHO
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12AX7 tubes for Music Reference RM-10
The tubes are not special, the way they are measured and matched by Roger is, and they happen to be very good tubes, the Eis that is. That being said, I suspect you would do fine . . .
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warm sounding amp suggestions???????
How much wattage do you need for the Alons? Certainly Pass Alephs are warm for SS - might find them in the price range, if 30 watts is enough
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Nice used tube amp under $1000 used
What speakers
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CAT Legend vs WAVAC PR-T1 ?
Agree with Bombaywalla, "eating through tubes" is a thing of the past with CAT; certaily with the Ulitmates and later. It is important to no let myth affect reality, . . .
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90db, 7ohm speakers: tube amp recommendations?
Agree with SBank. The Atma-spheres would work great. Or, for a bit less, and currently selling for only $1,450 on sale, the Music Reference MR10 MKII - 35 watts with EL84 tubes - . . .
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Favorite Tube Combinations
$4 per ad + a
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what's 'Active preamp' vs 'Passive preamp'?
Ralph, is "controlling the interconnect" impedance matching or something else
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Placette linestage vs. Adcom 750 passive
I have used the Placette RVC, Active, K&K SB102, and the Bent TAP with autoformer. The Placette Active was noticeably (it too very little time to notice) better than the RVC in my . . .
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Amp for Maggies
A Pass Labs X or XA.5 with enough power depending on the Maggie model for SS, a CAT JL2 for tubes
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Best way to add remote volume control to tube pre.
The Placette is perfect for the application, I used one with a CAT SL1 Ultimate so I could have finer control the CAT's increments - I could hear no difference with RVC in the . . .
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Sleeper preamp suggestions
Wright WLA12A, less than $1000 new. Audible Illusions 3A used
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most difficult speaker to please
Apogee Scintilla by far. Why do you ask? You design amps
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Ideal Volume level
Thanks Davemitchell, I finally understand the mystery of volume control settings and why there use to be a "sweet spot"
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Amplifier question for powering Wilson Sophia
Agree with Sbank, all your choices are good, and it really is personal taste, and totally agree you should throw Ayre into the mix. But, I would still go with tubes if it were my . . .
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Redgum amplifiers
Thanks for raising the question. I was not familiar with the brand, thought it has apparently been around for quite a while. Your question led me to read some of the reviews over. . .
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Atma-Sphere MA-2 amplifier
I'm glad someone else heard similar improvements moving from 3 to 3.1, a well worth upgrade for a reasonable price. Ralph's upgrade philosophy is just one of many reasons why I . . .
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Ayre AX-7e to switch to Naim Supernait
I think your Pass INT idea or consideration of a SIM integrated would be a worthwhile move that might be a sonic upgrade - ergonomics is an issue only you can decide. On sonics, . . .
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Would like some opinions on tube rolling
Toguht I would revive this old thread as the subject matter I'm interested in seems rather esoteric - 6x5 tubes. I've order some from Sylvania, RCA, and GE. Any fols familiar with . . .
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What amp / int. amp would you still like to try?
I would like to try a Jadis DA30 or 60 integrated. Not that I expect it to sound as good as my OTLs, but I just always loved the way they look, and those that own them seem to love. . .
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Should I do this now or wait...
What Blindjim said
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Can I use my passive preamp with tube amps?
In terms of impedance matching, a passive will in most cases work better with tube amps, they are simply easier loads to drive. What is the input sensitivty of you amps? What is . . .
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Shindo pre w/ Quicksiler amps a good match
I agree with Jaybo and Bnrlaw comments about the QS and compatability in general. Since you don't need a lot of power, I would try the Music Reference RM10 that uses EL84s for . . .
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Preamp for my system...Please
What $$$ range
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Cheaper substitute for VAC Avatar?
You liked the EL34 version? Just to be sure on comparables
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Tube vs SS Amp with a All Tube Preamp
Autodexr, what speakers do you plan on using? That has a lot to do with whether or not a tube amp makes sense for you. I agree with Newbee that if your speakers are tube friendly (. . .
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Are Atma-Sphere MP-1 and VSE RTP-3D similar?
I second Rleff's suggestion. Among other reasons, Ralph and his crew are one good reason to own Atma-sphere equipment
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What's most important synergy wise???
I think you should get the preamp you like best and not worry so much with the front-end compatability. The preamp affects the overall sound more on its own terms than the synergy. . .
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Reliable Sources for 6SN7 Tubes
Does Roger (RAM) carry 6sn7s? If he did/does, you are unlikely to find better matched tubes (well Andy VTS too
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Which Herbie's Product is Best?
3 is proabably more stable
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Tube preamp suggestions.
I have not heard any of the preamps (but briefly at shows) mentioned except the Joule 150MKII which I currently own. I chose it after considerable time spent with the CAT SL1 . . .
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Passive preamp for Tube Amp?
Placette Active does not address the issue of gain for phono - it has no gain, only sophisticated buffering
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Audio Research amp's retubing experiences
I don't think you can go wrong with the 6550 SEDs. There may (may) be a better NOS, but that can lead down a slippery slope that may not sound better with your ARC than the SEDs. I. . .
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Re-tubing my ARC reference 1 preamp
What type of tube are talking about? 6922
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CAT versus Berning
I thought I would try to revive this question. Only chnage isthat I now have the Joule LA-150MKII preamp, I found the need for a tube pre because of the BAM unit that comes with my. . .
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Ars Sonum / Merlin TSM-MX???
Vicks7, I own a Joule LA-150 MKII and CAT JL2 (also used CAT SL1 Ultimate, Lamm LL2, and Placette Active). While the Joule and CAT are better overall with all sorts of speakers, . . .
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Cat Ultimate MkII Preamp mods for volume control?
I tried the Placette RVC and it will work wonderfully well as a volume control, as well as providing you with remote control. I have the CAT Ultimate and this set up sounded great. . .
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CAT JL2 & Pre SL1 or Atma-Sphere MA-1 & MP-1
I agree with Jafox's overall assessment of the CAT gear. My approach to sytem building would be to go neutral with the electronics and seek "voicing" for detail or . . .
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CAT JL-3 Versus VAC phi 300.1 monos?
Two world-class amps that can drive most any speaker beautifully - among the best you can buy when you need a lot of tube power (more than 60 watts
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tube integrated for Vandersteen 2's
I think Ddd1 is right, unless you are planning a different room in the near future, it seems you do not have a optimal room/speaker combo - other than that, Rogue or ARC seem like. . .
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Help me make sense of what I'm hearing
I would consider the LDR passive approach previously mentioned, your a amp should match up well, and an inexpensive experiment - if you only have one source
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active or passive preamp for active speakers
While for my taste a passive like the Lightspeed Attenuator (I have tried many others) is better than any active, as Al says it has to be in the right system. It seems that you . . .
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Direct coupled tube preamp?
What are the advantages or disadvantages of both approaches? I have an Atma pre but did not really think about what being direct coupled meant and why it was a good thing, versus . . .
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Preamp upgrade - Shindo or VAC?
You ought to be happy with either brand. I would base it on ergonomics and price. Given you have VAC amps I would gravitate to VAC preamps - you can split hairs forever in this . . .
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Underappreciated components.
The power cords supplied with equipment
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Affordable SS Integrated for Merlin TSMs
I agree the Merlins would sound best with an EL34 based tube amp, but if SS is the way you want to go, at that price point, I always thought the Rotel gear was a good value and . . .
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Good Amplifier to Drive Thiels' CS1.5
I think the Odyssey Stratos Stereo amp, mentioned earlier, would be an excellent match at the price points you are looking at. A very impressive SS amp, especially at the price. I . . .
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Lifespan of Power amps
So other than tubes, capacitors should be the only parts that "wear" out and need replacing (assuming you take good csare of your equipment
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joule electra vs. atma-sphere any input?
Optarchie, what speakers are you using
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tube preamp w/ solid state amp
The general rule of thumb is the input impedance of the amp should be at least 10x greater than the output impedance of the preamplifier - this is almost never an issue when using . . .
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ARS SONUM FILARMONIA - QUESTION
In terms of price, and in some ways in absolute terms, you cannot beat the Ars Sonum with the Merlins. I switch between my Joule/CAT and the Ars Sonum and enjoy both immensely. If . . .
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Joule Preamps?
I know there are several users out there familair with the Joule equipment, so I'll try to get this question back up the list. I'm especially interested hearing from those that . . .
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Class A to XX Watts
Unsound, that sounds very sound, and one of the benefits go higher efficiency speakers
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anyone have experience w/magnum conversion 4 Rogue
Holymackerel, have you tried using the EL34s in Magnum yet
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Pre-amp Upgrade
This is for single-source (digital
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Einstein The Final Cut vs. Graaf GM20 Mono
Not that there is anything wrong with the Einstein, and I never heard it, but isn't the Atma-sphere M60s (or Joules) on your short list for the Merlin's? Nothing I have tried has . . .
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Audio Research Reference 3 vs Modwright LS 36.5?
Amen
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I need some amplifier help
Could be better dynamics, depends on the tube amp. But if it is true that the B&W need current (low, and variable impedance)they may very well need an SS amp to sound their best
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Electro Harmonix 6922 pre-amp tubes
I can't imagine why the gold pin would sound any better, if you do have to slots that are know to be the most influential on the sound, that might very well be a good place to paly. . .
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Cary, Cayin or Primaluna EL34 for Merlin VSM-MME
I second the Stingray recommendation for Merlins. But EL34 in general is the way I would go rather than 6550/KT88 - at least with the VSMs, and I would think the TSMs as well, but . . .
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Questions on switching to tube amplification
The Quicksilver V4 suggestions sounds like a mighty good one with your system
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Atma-Sphere MP-1 and MP-3 comparison
I'm not sure anything but a side comparison with your ears is going serve you well if you need to decide between the two. The MP3 is superb, and if you were able to stop thinking . . .
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Ideas for used SS amp
I'm not sure I would use something as good a the Pass just for bass, not if you might be going full range in the future the Pass is one of the better choices for high-powered SS. . .
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BAT VK-60se vs Atma-Sphere M60 mkIII
One of the great combos with the Atma-sphere M60s is the Merlin VSMs. My feeling is that if an OTL is matched with a speaker that works well with OTL it is pretty hard to beat with. . .
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quicksilver v4 monoblocks
Many have owned them and most will tell you they are a great value, very reliable, and able to drive most speakers. What specifically do you want to know about them? What speakers . . .
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Pass XA 100.5 vs Lamm M1.2
I think in both cases you will prefer the Class A versions of each manufacturer's lineup. Which of the A/B amps you are familiar with do you prefer? I suspect you would also end up. . .
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Supernait - Are my ears kidding me?
Not sure it matters too much where your volume control is as ong as yu get enough control to get the volume you want. I wonder if the Super Nait is optimized for the voltage of the. . .
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Passlabs XA .5 vs Ayre MXR
I think the .5 is a "major" improvement if you have speakers with unsmooth impedance curves with dips below 4ohms - the .5 is better able to handle that, with a speaker . . .
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Looking for a good balanced preamp: Atma MP-3?
You are going to love the Atmas with your Merlins - my favourite combination after trying many, many pre/amp combos with the Merlins - thought the CAT JL2 was excellent, thought . . .
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Anyone try McCormack DNA + Placette Passive?
I have owned the Placette RVC, Placette Active, K&K SB102 -I now have a Bent TAP-X which is the newest version with using autoformers -- let's just say that if you are going to try. . .
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Preamp Synergy for GamuT amp
I think your Gamut might deserve a little more investment on the pre front; that is a mighty fine amplifier
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Joule 150A MKII versus Atma-sphere Preamps
I do think it is the raison d'etre, but I'm not sure I could hear a difference based on the "quieter" potential of balanced operation. My system is pretty darn quiet. My . . .
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how long should you use tubes in an amp?
Where is Roger Modjeski when you need him
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Pre Amp or Power Amp
They are both important, but the amp determines the speaker decision and vice versa, once you have that right you can experiment with different preamps. But they are both important. . .
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Late to the Party: TVC and ARC VT100??
Dpac996, did you try it
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Speaker dilema
A used pair of Merlin VSM with a BAM; I think you should be able to find one of the older models in that price range
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Pass amps with Tube pre-amps
The Joule 150 MKII is able to drive relatively low input impedances, but it is single ended only and it seems many Pass owners prefer to connect in balanced mode
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What's best for MX's?
Have any of you sold your Joule, CAT, Atmasphere or similar level seperates for the ARS Sonum because it was better, or close enough that you felt it was worth pulling the money . . .
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Passive preamps: What are the relevant numbers?
In the context of your system, it seems the low output impedance of your CD player should be able to drive the amp. I'm not sure what your amps input impedance is, but if it higher. . .
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Active Placette pre sound better than Passive?
Have any of you chosen the passive over the active because the system did match and did not need the buffering? That is, your system matched well enough that there was no . . .
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Reflections of another year in Audio
I have not bought, sold, or traded a single piece of gear in 2011 - that makes it a very special year indeed
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DeHavilland UltraVerve or Shindo Aurieges?
Have you tried the Decware preamp? Proabably a pretty good pairing
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Anyone here compare the Leben CS300 to the CS600?
I'm surprised by the less than stellar comments on these amps - seems like there was a period not too long ago where they got great professional reviews and user feedback, to the . . .
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EL34 vs 6CA7 vs KT77
The Siemens you can get from RAM Labs are the best I have heard on my Music Reference RM9SE, but purely on hearsay, it does seem there is a lot of good feedback on the Genalex KT-. . .
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VTL ST 150, Audio Research VT 100, mk. II
Glad you mentioned Quicksilver a classic combination is Audible Illusions, Quicksilver, Vandersteen. You will not find a more reliable tube amp than QS, and I'm pretty sure Richard. . .
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Anyone using McIntosh with Vandersteen Quatros
I can't imagine it would not be an excellent pairing. Do you own it, or are you contemplating it
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Best nos 6sn7g for my Atmasphere mp1.
I think alot of folks bought from Andy with a view to having a long-term stash, so no harm done methinks
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Is Accuphase E-560 a good match for Thiel CS 3.7?
Great amp, great speaker, bad match IMHO, that is just not the right amount of power for the 3.7, as Mmike84 says, I would think you need 100w minimum, and if you want Class A, . . .
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Joule Electra LAP 150, Noisy?
Own the Joule 150 Signature Edition and is very quiet with my 89db speakers. Another option would be to consider the excellent Bent Tap-X AVC if you need multiple inputs or the . . .
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Has anyone here tried the Lightspeed Attenuator?
Well, since I soon will be joing the Lightspeed tribe, I was wonderering how many others have tried it since Clio9 and Fiddler's posts a year ago. I suspect the Stereophile review . . .
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tutube or not tutube
Tube managment and worry is simply much less of a concern than dealing with them in an amp (that too can be managed). The only issue you do need to be sure of is that the output . . .
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NOS 12AU7s with Ayon amps
I would second the RCA recommedation, both Blackgate or Clear Tops. The Clear Tops as pretty avaaible and not too expensive yet. Try Brent Jesse or Vintage Tube Services for these . . .
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Autoformer versus Transformer Passives?
I think the isolation is the one theoretical advantage. There does seem to be less "stuff" in the autoformer which would seem to be a plus. I wonder if this bares out in . . .
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If you play your music between 10 and 12 on the d
Is this a question about the ideal impedances for the attentuator? I always thought rightly or wrongly that the attenuator performs best when it is past the 10 o'clock position - . . .
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which tube amp to try???
A used Quicksilver would be on my list. If you can find one, a used Music Refence RM9 would be my first choice, but most owners don't let go of them very readily
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Solid State or Tube Preamp mated with Tube Monos?
What other preamps have you tried
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Speaker suggestions for Pass Labs x250?
With that amp, you can assume most any speaker you like will work well with it. So as far as I'm concerned you could just as easily ask, what $5,000 speakers should I consider. If . . .
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Nos Amperex 12AX7 Bugle Boy's hard to find.
Did you try Vintage Tube Services
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Which amp to drive Avalon Diamonds?
Ken says the ARC Ref3 is fine with the JL2, he apparently did not think fondly of the Ref2. But then again, why not use the SL1 MKII if your going the CAT way
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CAT SL1 + JL2 or JL3 compared to Lamm L2 + ML2.1
I think the CAT amps are as good as any amplifier made - in that I have not heard one better. The JL2 should be able to drive just about any speaker load, but I would ask Ken . . .
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BAT vk-52SE vs ARC Ref 3 vs CJ CT 5
I just replaced my CAT SL1 with the Placette RVC. I heard no loss in dynamics at all. I use a 1m Cardas GR between the Placette and my CAT JL2 Amp (100kOhm input impedance, .85mv . . .
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Placette
I replaced my CAT SL1 MKII with the Placette RVC after having bought it simply to provide me with remote volume control. At $1,000 with a 30-day trial you cannot go wrong -you can . . .
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ARC Ref 3 with CAT JL2 or do you need CAT SL1
As Dearing says, the three amps mentioned are all excellent. I own CAT JL2s and they are the best I have ever heard. But for the money you are spending, you must audition the ARC, . . .
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Is it worth the trouble?
Evalauting equipment and assessing sound are pleasures distinct (though related) from enjoying the music. I enjoy both. One is focused process (fidelity, reproduction), the other . . .
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Excellent 60W tube monos?
I would try even lower powered Quicksilver amps
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Placette RVC vs. Placette Active?
If you do not need buffering to match source, ICs, to amp, I would expect the RVC to be a better choice, but many systems do need some buffering, especially if you run long ICs, . . .
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Ayon Audio Spirit integrated amp
Any other folks heard this integrated since the last post
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Inexpensive integrated tube amp recommendations?
Not sure what inexpensive means, but it seem Cayin and Prima Luna are on the must audition list for high value tube integrateds. I'm not sure, but I suspect they are both a step . . .
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Preamp Recommendation for Pass Aleph Amp
Don't know if the Doge 8 is any goof or not, but 620ohm output might not be ideal for the Aleph series amps. I would think you almost always have to go with a SS pre or a passive . . .
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Shindo pre + buget amp or Leben amp + budget pre
You think 15 watts will be enough for the Supre 8s
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McIntosh MA6300
As Davt suggests, you need to frame your question with some context - speakers you need to drive for starters. Are you also asking if $2,400 is a good price for a 6300 in good . . .
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Atma-sphere MA-1 mk 3 to 3.1 upgrade
Economical and effective
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Best pre-amp w/phono for $1000-$1200 USED/MINT
You could do a lot worse than the Mapletree Audio Design Ultra 4A SE with separate tube regulated power supply. About your price brand new, direct from Canada
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Preamp to go with Pass Labs Rushmore Speaker
The speaker is active (has built-in amps)so in this case matching the amp is matching the speaker. What is the input impedance of the speaker/amp? Are the amps essentially XAs
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Joule LA150MK2 upgrade to LA150SE- Any comments?
They are quite similar, unlike the differences between MKI and MKII, I think the bulk of the differences is considerably upgraded capacitors. They are cut from the same cloth so I . . .
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Pre amp with Atma-Sphere S30
I tried expensive ICs and Mogami's - I'm using the Mogamis, they do the job suprebly and they are cheap, VERY cheap of audiophile stadards
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Atma-Sphere S30 MKII
I have M60s with Merlin VSMs (tube friendly impedance, 89db), and reason to beleive the S30 might work as well or better becuase it is "simpler"
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Joule electra Pre Amp -tube rolling
Tony, I think they are GEs, at least they were in my unit
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How to get the most out of Jadis DA50S?
For those that have had a chance to hear the 30 and 50, what difference do you find? The fact that the 30 accepts EL34s and KT88s seems to be a bid selling point to me. The 50 . . .
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new experience with my passive preamp
And the Bent TAP the Bentley
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Need help with integrated amp selection
With that speaker I would suggest you not use tubes due to its impedance characteristics. I think an 70 watt Pathos integrated hybrid (maybe above the price range) might be worth . . .
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Speltz/Atma-sphere & Merlins
I suspect your right. Have not tried them, but I think Bobby's speakers are as OTL compatible as you are likely to get
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SS Pre-Amp / Tube Amp
This is a perfect example of why you need a good dealer or trusted, experienced adviser for building a system; the answer to these types of questions is the "it depends"
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Aesthetix Callisto signature or ARC Ref3
Regarding the Audio Note, whether there is a difference or not (I'm sure they sound different); I can't possibly imagine any possible difference that could be worth the difference . . .
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Should I upgrade from Sylvania 6DJ8 to better tube
Generally Mullards warm, Telefunken neutral, Amperex somewhere in between
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Current Production Classic Sounding Tube Amps
I would look for amplifiers using EL34s for output tubes; most amps with these tube are on the euphonic side of neutral (but not all). I'm not sure if this is inherent to the tube. . .
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Passive Preamp?
Check out the thread at: http://forum.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/fr.pl?aamps&1159194844&read&keyw&zzno+regrets
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Convergent Audio JL2 Triod Amp MK II Upgrade
Just a short comment on CAT customer service. I own a CAT SL1 and JL2. Recently I dropped my pre "face first" while moving the equipment. All the switches were broken. I . . .
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Broken CAT
Mt resposne to to the Lamm in the system was similar to 42659, the sound was some how juicier and individual instruments were less spotlighted, that is, they were still distinct, . . .
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best tube integrated under $5000 ?
Aranov 961i $3,600
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Music Reference RM-200
I cannot comment directly on the RM200, but I have owned the RM9, RM10, and RM9SE. All I can say about Roger is that he one of our greatest designers, and if he built it you can . . .
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Mac MA2275 versus Jadis DA60
On reliabilty and technical support grounds alone, I think the answer is pretty obvious. MAC is one of the best in the world. On sonics I leave that to others since I've not heard . . .
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Amp for Vandersteen Wood Quatros
When I owned Vandersteens a few years back and spent much time reading all about them, I'm pretty sure that at that time Richard used Quicksilver for his system at home. Whether . . .
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Can you compare NAD C370 with Portal Panache Int.
I've not heard either, but my understanding is that Nelson Pass designed the circuit for the Panache, if that is true, it is hard to believe that one of the industry's greatest . . .
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Belles 350A Reference vs. Pass INT-150
Only familiar with the Belles 150A and the XA 30.5 Pass gear, but between these the move is definetly not lateral. Do you have a Pass dealer near you? This might really require an . . .
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pre for Pass xa60.5
Good, but not so expensive power cords that work well are the VH Audio Flav 4s, $400 for you monoblocks. Though I do think the preamp will make a much more important difference the. . .
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Recommended e.g. not
Are tube amps then out of the question but for some tube pre/amp combos well outside of the $4k budget? Is SS almost a necessity with Thiel, even the "easier" to drive 7.. . .
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Preamp with Aleph 5 and Thiels
I agree with Unsounds point, it seems you need another amp to drive the Thiels to their best - it is a great amp, but it really is not great at delivering current, a bit like a . . .
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best solid state preamp from Audio Research?
Well, that should narrow it
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Pass Labs & Belles class-A amplifiers
I've not heard the Belles, not sure many have, but the XA30.5 is the best amp I have ever heard and imagine the 60 and 100 sound very much like it. In my mind, you just can't go . . .
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tvc vs avc
Interested in knowing if some of you have had the chance to compare since the last post. I tried the Bent Tap-x before with the AVC and liked it better than an S&B passive I tried. . .
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Music Reference RM 200 vs. Mcintosh 275 amp
I have owned an RM10, RM9 and RM9 SE and I would say Roger consistently makes some of finest sounding and most reliable amplifiers on the market. He is a pleasure to deal with, but. . .
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ARC with CJ?
Why would you want seems like a good question. Not that it is a bad match, but it seems to be a combo that few would pursue
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Atma-Sphere S-30 MK3 Update.....
Which 6AS7s are you using
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McIntosh MC275 / Audio Research VS-110
Does the current 275 sound more or less like the original
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Pass Labs VS Classe
I think you will be happy with either in terms of sound. Assuming that, would you choose one over the other for other reasons? You are not going to go wrong either way. Now if the . . .
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Genalex GL KT88 Reissue on Conrad Johnson 12
What would be a trustworthy source for the Genalex reissues in terms of proper testing and matching
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Tube Rolling 12AX7 - Need Advice/Suggestions
Ditto on Thorman's comments. It is doubtful the RCA NOS will be beat by current production, unless you are having microphony or noise with your RCAs
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whats a more detailed preamp
Any of the CAT SL1, even more "neutral" with Ultimate series
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Resitor Passive
I will be trying a TVC (S&B 102 MKI), Music Reference Pot-in-a-Box, and my Joule 150MKII driving high impedance and sensitive amps (CAT JL2, Music Ref. RM9MKII). I once had the . . .
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Best 6922 tubes for Conrad-Johnson CT6 preamp
First of all I would check out RAM Labs and see what 6922s and 6DJ8s they carries and then let Roger Modjeski select a matching pair with low noise or super low noise (proabably a . . .
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CAT JL-2 vs Tenor 75Wi Wp
They are, but the price difference between the JL2 Sig and the new Tenor is quite big. Hard to imagine anything much better than the CAT, but I suspect the new Tenor will be superb. . .
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Red Wine, Patek, Audio Zone and Atma Sphere
Another SS you should consider, though you would have to buy it used is First Watt (Pass) Aleph J or the F4 model. Can't say you will like it better than your Atma-Spheres, but I . . .
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Amps with low gain
Guy (Mr. Placette) can provide you with a Placette RVC with the resistance built for your specific amp sensitivity - you would have plenty of flexibility in finding the right . . .
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Tube Amps: CAT JL3's vs ARC Ref 300's
CATs are Triode
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Do tube amps benefit from using APS?
Do a Google Search: "Romy the Cat Pure Power 2000 APS" to read some interesting observations
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Pass First Watt J2 vs F3
Jeff's 2nd point is very important, those J and J2s really are easy loads for tube preamps, which is a must for me if I'm using a SS amp. Another vote for Atma-sphere amps (own . . .
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Tube preamp
What is the input impedance of the Audiosector
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more sound in left channel than right channel?
Bobheinatz, you too
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buffered vs. unbuffered outputs?
The unbuffered will sound better if you have short ICs to the amp and a high input impedance amp - 100kohm would be ideal, otherwise, you might prefer the buffered output since you. . .
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Joule Eletra LA 100 MKIII
As Truman says, there is nothing to balance in the Joule preamp. What you do is buy tubes that are tested forn noise and matched. I would call Jud and have him discuss the issue. . .
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Berning EA-230 vs RM-10mkII with Merlin VSM
I used the Joule LA150 Signature Edition with the RM9 and RM10 with my VSMs - excellent combination. However, as Clio9 has mentioned I prefered the Lightspeed Attenuator ($450) - . . .
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First Watt Amps
Any one heard the F5 and compared it with the J
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reasonably priced tube amps
You don't say it, but you are looking at integrateds only
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dumb question about gain and preamps
Is it possible to have gain without distortion to the signal, asked another way, is a preamp without gain less distorted assuming similar quality attentuators? Or asked another way. . .
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DAC, preamp, amp - picking the right ones
I agree you are likely to need SS. I too like the integrated approach. I think the new Pass integrated is worthy on your short list. Pass tends to be on the warmer side of neutral. . .
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What happened to my EL84 tube?
Don't turn it on again till you get a replacement tube, it could burn out a resistor
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Anybody ever audition the Pass XA series amps?
Wanted to revive this thread as I too am interested in the answer, especially compared with some tube amp alternatives. I currently use a CAT JL2
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Ayre V5xe
What is the list price for a V5xe
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Plinius Amps mated with Merlin VSM-Ms?
The satndard recommedations are Ayre, Plinius, and Belles. The 150A Reference is the one that would interest me
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CAT versus Joule Preamp
Thanks for your feedback. It sounds like standing still is moving forward, especially since I have the CAT JL2 amp. I was considering the Joule since I just purchased Merlins and . . .
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Transcendent Sound Grounded Grid PreAmp heard it?
It would be interesting to hear this preamp with an LDR volume control. I imagine someone in the DIY community has tired this mod
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How good is the EAR 834 L preamp?
Are their any owners of this preamp out there that have settled with it after owner some of the higher price stuff. This preamp intrigues me becuase it is relatively inexpensive . . .
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goldpoint volume controls and switchers
As far as I can tell, military grade build quality - you can hardly go wrong with Goldpoint attenuators - right up there with anything in the market in terms of quality and sound
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Ei Gold Elite Premium tubes& Music Reference Amp
This is a very old post and times have changed. The Genalex Gold Lion EL84s, which you can get matched from Roger, are the best new production EL84s available. Roger is quite . . .
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What SS amps would work well with Shindo preamp?
The First Watt Aleph J (Pass) is made for tube preamps with high output impedances and its 30 watts should be more than enough power to drive those speakers. Besides being a very . . .
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Groove Tube EL34LS
I'll reignite this thread. How good are Groove Tubes. I', particularly interested in the EL34 XF2, but general observations and comments are also of interest
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Upgrading Cayin A88-T: what is next?
I think the M60s are close to the best amplifiers I have ever used; should be interesting to get your impressions - I love them and I have been through a lot of gear - they were . . .
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Interconnects to use
I would take a look at the offerings from Signal Cable company, well made and sane prices
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SE 845 Triode versus KT88 Triode-Connected?
I would add OTLs for consideration, assuming a highish and flat input impedance. With the right speakers, I have preferred it to SET or PP/Triode. Having said that, I think any . . .
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ARC Ref 1, 2, 3 Preamps
Good idea. I'm interested in the "best" of the recent (10 years?) ARC preamps. I've heard some say the actually prefer the early Ref pres that used the 6922 instead of . . .
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Joule LA 100 mkIII and Bat VK 60?
I would ask Bobby P. I suspect this would not be an ideal amp with the Merlins. Yes, the Berning Z270 would be great. I would look for an EL34 based amp for the Merlins if I could . . .
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Bent Audio TAP-X vs. older TAP / Muisic First
Larry, can you flesh out your comments a bit regarding the comparison, and how does the Tap-x compared to other preamps you have tried, especially active tube linestages
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Thiel CS3.6 Amp
The Mac, Pass, or Classe's should work well with 200 watts. Which is best is a matter of taste, but they should all drive them well
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Which is the best matching speakers for PASS XA60?
Rabbani, are you asking about the XA60 or XA60.5? With the .5 I think you can use almost any speaker that is 88db or higher, with impedance profile being much less important than . . .
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Shindo and Merlin VSM
Adding my comments to get this thread restarted as I too am curious to hear from anyone who has tried Shindo with Merlin. IMHO, the Joule setup is pretty magical in its own right
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CAT SL-1 vs. FS Presence Deluxe & SET/hi-eff spk
I think the CD Taper version is essential with CD Sources. I could never get the lower setting right with the standard CAT settings of 26db gain. Aside from that, the pre is quiet . . .
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Preamp for Quad 989 and Quicksilver v4
Why not the Quciksilver preamp
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Do preamps make good headphone amps?
The Placette Active Pre is said to have one of the best headphone amps
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Supratek preamp vs Lamm LL2 ???
Just the comparison I was interested in. Any opinions out there
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Reliability of Big Tube Amps - Your input please..
Does a tube "blowing" typically burn up a resistor
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Jadis DA 30 or DA 50
Any further comments on the difference between DA30 and 50? Also reasking the question of EL34 versus the other tube combinations possible with these amps
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Mapletree 4SE vs. TAD 150 signature best sound???
Not familiar with the TAD, but the Mapletree sounds ALOT better than its price would suggest. Made by a retired Professor of electrical engineering, it seems to be a no BS product . . .
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Pass Aleph 30 vs. J
Yes, why
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Help getting a Tube Amp
I think there is not likely to be any SET that will work with you speakers, I think you need 50-60 watts. I also own Atma-sphere amps and they are great, with the right speaker. . . .
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Stingray bad for Merlin TSM's or Revel M22's???
The Stingray is an excellent choice for the Merlins. Seems you are building a good system with that pairing. I think you can proceed with confidance
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Joule Electra 100 mkiii vs. Musical Fidelity A3cr
Based on what you are looking for, the Joule is the obvious choice. The impedance issues here are no issue - your amp can be driven by any preamp
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EL34 Replacement Tubes
I second the Winged C El34s, matched by Jim McShane. These work wonderfully well in my Music Reference RM9 Special Edition. For an even better tube (at twice the price) I would get. . .
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Cary SLP 98L or deHavillanrd Mercury 3?
I think the deHavilland will be more nuetral. I would also look into the CAT SL1 Ultimate. Never heard the SLP-05
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When do you know when your tubes are going bad
Call Roger. No
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bel canto and isolation feet
I very much agree with the Herbie's recommedation as a relatively low cost and very effective isolation strategy
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Bent Audio TAP?
What do you consider "low impedance"
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EAR 869 Integrated Amp....opinions please
A wonderful amp with the right speakers; a critical consideration for recommending this amp
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A big thanks to Nelson Pass 1st watt Pass labs etc
Certainly one of the 3-4 best SS designers for many years now. The new XA30.5 may just be his best sounding amp ever, I do wonder how it compares with the Aleph J as my speakers . . .
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ear 534
Unless you buy a used EAR that was purchased at a much lower price than current pricing and the seller does artifically inflate the "original" price based on today's . . .
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ASL Explorer 805 DE/JM Lab Alto Utopia combo????
I'm not sure your problem would be strictly power, but that impedance dip is likely to diminish the bass performance of the SET. That speaker would seem to need SS or a powerful . . .
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How loud are Cary CAD 300 SEI amps?
Jond is right and I would think 92db would be necessary if it is your only amplifer. It would work with tube friendly impdances and 88-89db, but you would run into the opccasional . . .
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How many watts are you pushing your Merlins with?
I've just ordered Bobby's Ars Sonum 30 Watt integrated for the VSM-MXe. I will be comparing it with my 100 Watt, Class A, Triode CAT JL2s - with which Bobby is quite familiar, . . .
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convergent stereo amp
100 Watts Class A $12,000 US. It would make sense that it works best with the CAT Ultimate for the preamp. Here is are two reviews: From Arthur Salvatore's Website CONVERGENT . . .
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Passive volume regulator suggestions
Why is XLR important to you? You running long ICs
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Placing footers under Joule LA150 MKii
The Herbie footers - Isocups and Tenderfeet both did no harm. Cheap enough to experiment with both - he recommends the Isocups for tube eequipment, but Tenderfeet are just as good . . .
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Dehavilland Ultraverve 2 vs. Mercury 2/3?
Any further observations of the differences? And those between Mercury 2 vs. 3
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Tube Measurements?
That is good to hear. I've been building a "stash" of NOS with the next 20 years in mind, and wanted to be sure that how they tested when I bought them would be . . .
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VTL 7.5 versus Joule preamplifier
The Placette Active is a great preamp, but with the Merlins using the BAM, an active TUBE preamp works better; few better than the Joule preamps (I owned the 150MKII, and now own . . .
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upgrade advice
I think you have made an excellent choice for your upgrade
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Jeff Korneff
Is this still true
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Joule SE Upgrade
Kjo, I don't think you can go wrong with the SE version. I had the MKII and sold it, and I sold it when I bought Atma-sphere amps and wanted a balanced preamp (also Atma-sphere), . . .
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Would Shindo Aurieges L pre work with a Forte 4 am
What is the input impedance of the Forte, that could be a problem if it is too low, the Aurieges needs and pretty high input impedance on the amp side to work it best, typically . . .
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How's the First Watt F3
Any impressions since the last post
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First Watt F4
Any impressions of the F5 yet
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Mac 402 vs. 275
The Belles is a mighty fine SS amp; if you are looking for something different, you are more likely to find it with the 275, not the 402
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Best line stage $600 or under?
I have owned many passives, most recently Placette, Goldpoint, and BENT-TAP. For bang for your buck, and possibly in absolute terms, impossible to beat he Music Reference Pot-in-a-. . .
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Tube suggestions for Unison Unico 80watt
I think they use 12AU7s? If so I would try RFT (E. German brand) and RadioTechnique (sold at Upscale Audio, I think
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Pass Aleph: which one to get?
What is the sensitivity of your speakers? What is the output impedance of your preamp? Are you using tubes
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Psvane Reference versus Genalex Reissue 12ax7?
I believe you and think you are right, but the 5751 is not recommended as a substitute in the RM10 amplifier's circuit. I tried the very 5751s you recommend in my CAT JL2 and . . .
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VT100 for D38?
I think ARC and ProAc is a pretty popular combination. I've not heard that ProAc needs SS, seems like a tube friendly brand, though things might have changed with the D series. . . .
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Art Audio Alana Pre versus Joule Electra 150 MkII
The JE 150MKII is on the warm side of neutral, but more resolution that the 100. From Linkster's description of the Alana, it sounds like Joule would be a better choice for what . . .
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Cayin A88T amp section vs. McIntosh MC275 IV?
What makes you think it would be an upgrade? Now if you want your gear to match, that would be a good reason to go all Mac. The MAC is excellent, but I'm not sure it is a clear . . .
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Modest Preamp Upgrade?
Signal cables are quite well made and spec'd from what I can tell. A little up the price scale and worth considering are the cables from VH Audio, but my impression of the Signal . . .
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Pass X 150 and X150.5 differences please.
I think you will consistently get similar replies. The .5 sound better to most people for the reasons stated above
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NeoAudiophilite need advice:active vs passive
Cory, I'm not sure I understand what you are asking. Add volume and depth compared to what. Are you asking if it will play loud enough? As for depth, you might percieve more depth . . .
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Question on biasing an amplifier
Hope to its safe when the amp is on; it is what I have always done
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anyone try placette passive with dartzeel amp?
Yes he did. Apparently he felt it was an extremely good combination
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Are pre amps Triode?
Tube preamps
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Do Pass X-Series Preamps Match with X or X.5 Amps?
Any further thought in the Pass Preamps for use with the XA amps, versus tube pres (I own a Joule LA 150 MKII whci drives low impedance amps well - the Joule amps themselves are a . . .
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Symphonic Line High Society Power amp
I agree 100% with Jaybo
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Ars Sonum Filarmonia and cable length.
Long ICs and short speaker cables is the general consensus for best sound. Although one does have to be careful about overall IC capacitance and the amplifier output impedance. I . . .
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Perfect linestage for Quicksilver V4s or Triodes?
It has been a few years, but when I owned QS Monos I matched them with Audible Illusions 3A (it inclued a phonostage)and it was quite a good pairing - but I don't know that it . . .
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convergent jl3 monoblocks versus jl2 stereo
It is technically possible to substitute KT88, Ken Stevens strongly urges that you not do that in terms of sound quality however
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Replacing tubes on used equipment bought on A'gon
Depends on type of tube. Tubes degrade gradually with use, but will "work" considerably longer than their ideal useage time. So you could have a tube working 5-10 years. . .
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Leben vs Shindo Preamps2
Art Audio VPL Mk II and VP1 Mk II
Has anyone used this linestage
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Did you listen Pass Aleph J or Pass XA30 or 60 ?
I have owned both and they are both among the best SS amps out there IMHO. I would say that if you speakers are tube-friendly (high and smooth impedance - e.g. Merlin VSM) I would . . .
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VAC Avatar SE vs. Ars Sonum w Merlin MMs?
I too am interested in this comparison and with Jadis integrateds as well
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sale of audio research have any effect?
I think there is no way to know whether it will make ARC better, the same, or worse. It could go in any of these directions and only time will tell. I don't get the sense that . . .
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Conrad CT_5, CT-6 vs Joule LA-150 II
Not sure how many folks will have spent time with both. I would think that based on what I have heard about the Berning, it could use some of the fleshing out and tonal richness of. . .
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integrated or seperates?
Soundscaping is genrally the reason to get tubes. Although the Pass XA series does imaging pretty darn well. Are you dead set against tubes
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wright wla12a
Just wanted to revive this thread to see if there are any other comments on this preamp
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VRD amps NOS Valves
Oz, what other tube amps have you owned or heard in your system that you could compare the VRDs to
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Simaudio i7 integrated with Merlim VSMs...?
Bobby P. is the man to ask. He has previously recommended SIM equipment for SS and apparently there are quite a few people using the combination
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Tube rolling CJ MV60SE
If it can handle KT88s, not sure why it couldn't, but check with CJ - the Genalex Reissues are very, very good. I would get them from Jim McShane who has a reputation for being a . . .
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Music Reference RM-300 MK II Mono ...
Has one ever been sold
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Unison Research Unico Secondo vs. Pathos Logos
Has anyone had a chance to compare these since the OP
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Has anyone tried the Django TVC preamp?
Thre is one for sale now for $900 - so no, iti s not a good price
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Tube Matching and Bias
Now that I look at the amp manual it does say to expect this type of bias range - I guess when they say matched it does mean they will bias exactly the same in circuit. It does . . .
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Cat JL-2
I bought mine new. What about the experience are you interested in knowing
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Comparison between ARC VT-100 and Quicksilver V4s
I'm reviving this question. I'd be interested in any comparision between the two
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Amp for Placette pre
I would look for an amp with a high input impedance, preferably 100 kohms. You might find a Quicksilver Mid-Mono in your price range. Not sure how much power your Epos need
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