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    Re: Help me find a new SS amp

    Its more power than you need but I would give the new Parasound JC1+ mono blocks a listen. It is supposed to sound better than the original JC1's which was a stereophile Class A+ amp for years. I haven't heard the JC1+ model but I did hear and almost bought the original JC1's but went the Pass route instead.
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    Re: Help me find a new SS amp

    The JC+ is on here, Class A. Although a bit above the budget.

    Hope all is good your way.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mechnutt View Post
    Its more power than you need but I would give the new Parasound JC1+ mono blocks a listen. It is supposed to sound better than the original JC1's which was a stereophile Class A+ amp for years. I haven't heard the JC1+ model but I did hear and almost bought the original JC1's but went the Pass route instead.
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    Re: Help me find a new SS amp

    Hope Keith has found something he likes, if not here three amps that I've owned that are worth a listen:


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    Re: Help me find a new SS amp

    Quote Originally Posted by KeithR View Post
    Hey guys, have a pair of Fyne F1-12s which are 96db/8ohm speakers (though probably measure a few dbs less if the F1-10 measurements online are correct).

    I'm looking for a 50-100w SS amp. Have tried a FirstWatt SIT-3 (not enough headroom) and Pass XA25 (not my cup of tea) so far. I also heard them at Mike's before purchase on Pass X260.8 and Gryphon Essence - the Essence was great but above my budget.

    Any ideas? I have a lot of amplifier flexibility.
    Something else to consider might be a used or factory reconditioned XA .5 amp (30.5 or 60.5 monos); there is a sizable number of listeners who prefer the .5 series to the .8 in some applications
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    Re: Help me find a new SS amp

    Quote Originally Posted by rbbert View Post
    Something else to consider might be a used or factory reconditioned XA .5 amp (30.5 or 60.5 monos); there is a sizable number of listeners who prefer the .5 series to the .8 in some applications
    I haven't heard the 30.5 or 60.5, but I had the XA-200.5 monos in my system and wasn't impressed. The best big amps I've ever had in my system were the Technical Brain monos.

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    Re: Help me find a new SS amp

    Quote Originally Posted by mauidan View Post
    I haven't heard the 30.5 or 60.5, but I had the XA-200.5 monos in my system and wasn't impressed. The best big amps I've ever had in my system were the Technical Brain monos.
    A big difference in price, though. Factory reconditioned, warrantied XA30.5 is under $4k, a pair of XA60.5 under $10k (or were, the last time they were listed at RenoHiFi). More, it's about amp/speaker matching; Jim Smith for one seems quite pleased with the Pass/Fyne combo
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    Re: Help me find a new SS amp

    Quote Originally Posted by KeithR View Post
    Hey guys, have a pair of Fyne F1-12s which are 96db/8ohm speakers (though probably measure a few dbs less if the F1-10 measurements online are correct).

    I'm looking for a 50-100w SS amp. Have tried a FirstWatt SIT-3 (not enough headroom) and Pass XA25 (not my cup of tea) so far. I also heard them at Mike's before purchase on Pass X260.8 and Gryphon Essence - the Essence was great but above my budget.

    Any ideas? I have a lot of amplifier flexibility.
    You might look into the AGD Audion. I know it looks a bit odd- but the 'tube' is actually the container for the module and nothing more. This amp is low in overall THD but more importantly has a good distortion signature- so it comes off smooth and detailed without sounding 'dead'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atmasphere View Post
    You might look into the AGD Audion. I know it looks a bit odd- but the 'tube' is actually the container for the module and nothing more. This amp is low in overall THD but more importantly has a good distortion signature- so it comes off smooth and detailed without sounding 'dead'.
    I love the look of these tiny Audion monos. At first you think they're valve powered, but in fact they're Gallium Nitride (not silicon) solid state. I just wish the UK importer didn't pile on the price so greedily. Rather typical of US-built stuff arriving on our shores - too much profit in the price. I accept that the US price excludes sales tax and ours includes 20% VAT, but still too costly. I'm sure they'd sound great powering my Avantgarde Duos.
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    Re: Help me find a new SS amp

    thanks everyone for the ideas. i've decided to keep it simple and try the Dart 108, new Bakoon 23r or 43r (when released this fall), and the LTA Ultralinear+. In the end I'm feeling a simple amp to go with what really is just a large, 2-way speaker.

    i'm still hesitant Class D, even though i've heard good things about Audion. just seems every 3 years there is a latest and greatest chip and then its gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbbert View Post
    I remember Keith's "history" as deciding by multiple (mostly at home) demos, but I could be mistaken...
    Yes, amps are my hobby and I really try several in my system before making a decision. I've found they are quite different system to system vs other components (front end).
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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithR View Post
    thanks everyone for the ideas. i've decided to keep it simple and try the Dart 108, new Bakoon 23r or 43r (when released this fall), and the LTA Ultralinear+. In the end I'm feeling a simple amp to go with what really is just a large, 2-way speaker.

    i'm still hesitant Class D, even though i've heard good things about Audion. just seems every 3 years there is a latest and greatest chip and then its gone.
    I haven't some of those, but DarTZeel makes what I would classify one of the top 3 SS amps I've ever heard. An aspirational product line for me...

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    Re: Help me find a new SS amp

    Quote Originally Posted by KeithR View Post
    thanks everyone for the ideas. i've decided to keep it simple and try the Dart 108, new Bakoon 23r or 43r (when released this fall), and the LTA Ultralinear+. In the end I'm feeling a simple amp to go with what really is just a large, 2-way speaker.

    i'm still hesitant Class D, even though i've heard good things about Audion. just seems every 3 years there is a latest and greatest chip and then its gone.
    Don't get one with a chip then. The thing is, what you want (what will sound the most musical) is an amp with the right distortion signature. If you have that it won't matter what the amp actually is- class A, AB or D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithR View Post

    i'm still hesitant Class D, even though i've heard good things about Audion. just seems every 3 years there is a latest and greatest chip and then its gone.
    That just means that Class D is the only technology where effort is being put to advance things. What's been new in Class A, AB or tube technology in the last decade? Buy the best Class D now if you think its sound matches or betters other technologies - as I do. If in 3 years' time an even better sounding Class D module comes along, you still have the earlier one in the knowledge that it still matches or beats everything else - apart from the new Class D. You've not lost out because of advances in technology any more than if you buy A or AB now and realise in 3 years time, the latest Cladd D sounds better.

    Also Class D is essentially less costly than others in the first place.
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    Re: Help me find a new SS amp

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    Re: Help me find a new SS amp

    Mike isn’t the Luxman 595 special edition would be perfect with Fyne speakers ? They go up to 95 watts


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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul View Post
    Mike isn’t the Luxman 595 special edition would be perfect with Fyne speakers ? They go up to 95 watts


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    Sure is! But it’s difficult to find one since there is a limited production. That being said, we have I believe one left.


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    integrateds don't work very well in my room with my rack off to the side - i wish they did a special edition low wattage amplifier
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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithR View Post
    I've had so much tube gear go boom on me - and i have considered a ZOTL40 of course to match my preamp. It only weighs 15lbs which is a positive but just not sure I want the hassle anymore.

    Puroagave- I owned the Valvet A4mki 5 years ago, which was surpassed by a Dart integrated. The mk2 versions apparently are quite good though and under consideration. That said, the guy who reviewed them also had the Essence I heard and well, let's just say it didn't seem close in performance. Of course the Gryphon is 3x the price.
    Two other SS amps I loved in the past and want to come back to eventually are YBA from France and Symphonic Line from Germany. Both are meatier sounding like tubes, recreate fine textures and harmonics that are convincing and life-like. I cant speak for their current product line but I for one would like to have me some again.
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