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  • Solid State (Class A, AB, D, AD, etc.)

    155 59.85%
  • Tube

    56 21.62%
  • Hybrid

    16 6.18%
  • Both (you rotate SS and Tube amps in and out of your system)

    47 18.15%
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  1. #101
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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Solid state

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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    All solid. Bryston 28b3, 4b3, and a 9bsst2.


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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Solid state in my secondary system (Cyrus II + PSX additional power supply).
    Tube (Luxman CL 360 preamp + two bridged Mc MC 275 power amps for trebble and mids) and ss (LFAU active filter and low freq. stereo amp + PSX ad. power supply) for bass drivers.

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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Tube preamp, although strictly speaking, my CJ GAT Series 2 could also be described as a hybrid design, utilising only a pair of 7DJ8 tubes in the gain stage.

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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Solid state power amp!

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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Beautiful Steve, what speakers are you using? I don’t remember if you mentioned it. You definitely have a beautiful system.
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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Beautiful Steve, what speakers are you using? I don’t remember if you mentioned it. You definitely have a beautiful system.
    Thanks Joe.

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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Ah, that's right. I'm sorry I forgot. Stunning.

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    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Misho Myronov Wooden preamp.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), Job 250 Monos, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    You can't really see the REL sub in the picture above. It's on the right hand side of the room, in the corner behind the speaker.

    The REL Gibraltar G2 has a 10" woven driver, not dissimilar to the TAD bass unit and 450 watts of Class AB (not digital) amplification in a sealed enclosure. I cross over at 38 Hz and keep the volume low at '10.'

    I feel it integrates particularly well, underpinning the TAD's nicely in those missing frequencies below 32 Hz (the REL quotes it's range as extending down as far as 18 Hz) and adding a sense of scale to the soundstage.

    fullsizeoutput_903 by Steve Coward, on Flickr

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    Sweet system, Xcop!


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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Tube Preamp
    Tube Phono amp
    Tube Power Amp

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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Howiebrou View Post
    Tube Preamp
    Tube Phono amp
    Tube Power Amp
    Howie
    I thought you had gone back to Meridian again. You do change your set-up a bit.
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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Vitus Class A for me.


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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    I have a NYAL Moscode 150. This uses four dual trodes (6CG7, 12AU7) in the front end - driving four MOSFet's per channel - 75 watts output. Designed by George Kaye in the 80's. Superb sounding amp! Tube amps on hand: ARC D75, Dyna ST70 mod, ST70 custom-built by Herb Ward, Heath W5 pair, Paoli/Dyna MkIII pair, Golden Tube SE40, Scott 233, 299, LK72, Stromberg Carlson 6L6 Mono pair, Sanei SA560 2A3 SE, Will Vincent 45 SE, Custom-built 12V6 PP, Harmon Kardon 500, Fisher Symphonic mono receiver, Custom-built Pilot 6L6 PP, Julius Futterman H3AA's and Harvard Music H3 ... plus a few more! As you can see, I have quite a collection of tube amps! And my collection of SS amps is equally large! Variety is the spice of life!

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    Quote Originally Posted by still-one View Post
    Howie
    I thought you had gone back to Meridian again. You do change your set-up a bit.
    Hey Jim,

    I still use Sooloos and have a pair of 5200se lying around but haven’t had a full meridian system since 2009, so there

    Now i’m Using Kondo M1000 Mk2 Preamp, Kondo Kagura Monoblocks and Audio Research ref 2 phono

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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Tube preamp with solid state amplification.
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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Solid State Amplification


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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Tube Preamp
    Tube Power Amp

    Solid state amps currently in storage

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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Tubes are too much to fuss with. Solid State


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    No, everything normal set

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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    I have had tube McIntosh... Luxman... and Jolida. And, a hybrid Grant (of Grant Lumley) integrated FET with tube pre.

    Now, class D.... NuPrime ST 10 amplifier. It has some nice tube qualities and also the benefits of solid state.
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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Been using valve pretty to ss amp for years but just having a nice pair of hybrid mono blocks being made

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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Have a look at this South African valve-solid state hybrids.

    http://www.valveaudio.co.za/

    They will be on display at the Munich show

    I heard the hybrid mono blocks and as far as I am concerned- they can compete with the best.

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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Always been a tube guy until I got my ss ASR Emitter II about 3 years ago. By far the most musically involving amp I have ever heard, at any price, tube or ss.

    It's a ss integrated - which you might think is fairly compact, but no - 4 pieces, each about 65 lbs - a bit over 260 lbs for the whole pkg....
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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    I have both. I am currently switching between a ARC VT100 MarkIII and a Odyssey Stratos Kismet, Klaus's latest greatest. The ARC is getting most of the action.

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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Tubes are too much to fuss with? I feel great music is worth it, plus it’s a good feeling when you get everything biased and in tune.

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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Having started with tubes in 1964, I transitioned to wholly solid state by 2000 and am currently running a c-j MF2500 in my living room and Sonsgraphe SA250's in both my home-office and bedroom systems. Probably never should have gotten rid of my ARC D-90 or Mac 75 monoblocs.
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    solid state

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    Tube amp, pre and phono. SS Dac and server

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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    I have gone through the gambit of amps... SS, Class D, Class A, Tubes, SET, but have finally settled on T+A Solid State, for now anyways ...
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    I really want to try that amp Randy. Just $4k + can also get an XA60.5 at times, or a XA30.8.

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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    I lean toward SS but I'm keeping an open mind regarding tube vs SS. I'll be auditioning both with the same speakers that I own this coming weekend. So I'll let my ears guide me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingrex View Post
    I really want to try that amp Randy. Just $4k + can also get an XA60.5 at times, or a XA30.8.
    It really took me some time for my mind to get over how small physically the amplifier is. I always thought you needed a huge box with massive heat sinks, something similar to the SET amps or the McInotsh amps that I have had. But after it started breaking in I found that I was listening to it more and more and the SET amps less and less. Finally I came to realize what a truly fantastic amp the T+A truly is. Built with the best quality parts, built very solid, built to last for decades as T+A states.

    After hosting our audio club this past weekend and seeing the amp being pushed all day, for hours, and seeing it handle it without any glitches what so ever. It impressed me and it impressed the hell out of most of our club members. The Stereophile reviewer who had given the DAC an extremely high level rating was very impressed. He stated that he expected the amplifier to be good, but didn't realize just how good they are! He also told me that he felt the Stage 2 preamp worked very well with the T+A Amp and DAC and were a beautiful match to the KEF speakers!

    The only real issue with the T+A amp is that they are not well known in the US; very limited distribution ... so we can not expect top re-sale value. Not a bad thing since I am not planning on selling it any time soon .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingrex View Post
    I really want to try that amp Randy. Just $4k + can also get an XA60.5 at times, or a XA30.8.
    XA60.5 mono hands down..Pass still makes XA.5 series on order if I’m not mistaken.

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    XA60.5 are amazing amps. Miss mine a lot. After an hour or two warm up, superb.


    Quote Originally Posted by kzhtoo View Post
    XA60.5 mono hands down..Pass still makes XA.5 series on order if I’m not mistaken.
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    I was looking at used pair for around $6k. They aren't listed anymore. But they do come and go. I really don't need much juice. My speakers are 96 DB efficient. For me it's more about tone and balance. Does it actually sound convincingly real and natural. My tube amps do that for me at this point in time. I'm just curious about solid state. I feel the need to wet my toes again. I had a rega Osiris for a while and it had it's high points, but it had a bunch of issues too. Fatigue being one of them. It had a very small sweet spot on the volume knob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    XA60.5 are amazing amps. Miss mine a lot. After an hour or two warm up, superb.
    LOL, after an hour or two my available listening window is over.

    But seriously, still enjoy my INT-60 in the summerhouse. Great amp.


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    Boy, I dunno.....since reading comments about VAC amps on the Audiogon Forum I may have to rethink my bias (no pun intended) for SS amps. VAC amps seem to have a squeaky clean rep and are VERY highly thought of. Not a single negative comment from the top end to the bottom end. And they're made not far from Suncoast Audio. Annnnnd, I'll get to listen to one this weekend...woot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegrassphile View Post
    Boy, I dunno.....since reading comments about VAC amps on the Audiogon Forum I may have to rethink my bias (no pun intended) for SS amps. VAC amps seem to have a squeaky clean rep and are VERY highly thought of. Not a single negative comment from the top end to the bottom end. And they're made not far from Suncoast Audio. Annnnnd, I'll get to listen to one this weekend...woot!
    That is exactly why I am so reluctant to replace my 30 y/o VAC Pre. It was a Reference Gear unit in it's day.
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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Mostly Nagra VPA 845 PP tube amps, but sometimes i rotate in my FW J-2 when it's really hot outside. At 60 watts, the Nagras are over powered for my Duo Mezzos but the FW J2 at 25 W is more than enough.

    Both sound great but the edge goes to the Nagra VPAs for resolution, bass and midrange.
    The FW is dead quiet however and no slouch in resolution or bass. Maybe a bit thin on midrange, but I could easily live with it if the Nagra's were not better.
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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    SS výkonový zesilovač PMA PA4 "Big Brother" (2x200 / 8) and passive preamp Big Hattor dual mono

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    Other? I have a four tower speaker system for which I use tube amplifiers for the main towers and solid state for the bass towers.
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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    My latest amps are 2016 AudioNote UK Shinri 300B monoblocks.

    Amazing 8 watts - Incredible midrange, but gives up nothing in Bass or HF resolution to my 30 watt KT88 AudioPax or 50 watt 845 Nagra VPAs driving my 107 db Avantgardes.

    The Nagras sounded better than the Shinri's on 96 db AudioNote AN-E speakers, so as usual, system matching is key.
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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Is there really a difference between 8 and 50 watts at moderate listening levels. Especially when comparing tube amp to tube amp. Especially on an efficient speaker. My gut, no science involved says high power really starts at 200 watts and up. 300 is really the real vault into high power.

    A lot of trophy systems are way more powerful than first blush says. Even Zu speakers. Your flea amp is only driving a mid and teeeter. A built in 500 watt amp is driving the woofer.

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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingrex View Post
    Is there really a difference between 8 and 50 watts at moderate listening levels. Especially when comparing tube amp to tube amp. Especially on an efficient speaker. My gut, no science involved says high power really starts at 200 watts and up. 300 is really the real vault into high power.

    A lot of trophy systems are way more powerful than first blush says. Even Zu speakers. Your flea amp is only driving a mid and teeeter. A built in 500 watt amp is driving the woofer.
    I see no problem with a speaker limited to midbass up demands. Not with a speaker that goes below 80 hz. I think it was Vic Khomenko or Curl who stated they had measured micro demands requiring huge amounts of power. I have no reference to what speakers or listening levels, but the point is under many circumstances the demands on the amp can be quite surprising power wise. I personally think the very low wattage SET's are inadequate in so many ways. YMMV
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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Someday I’m going to try some tubes, however I want get a nice solid-state system first. Something about buying tubes forever doesn’t gel with me. But I’ll take it as an option.

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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Hybrid - Aesthetix Atlas Eclipse with Vandersteen solid state subwoofer amp built into my speakers.

    Other than a short fling with a Lyngdorf I have had a tube preamp since I heard the ARC SP 6B which I owned for years.
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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Solid State - Pass Labs, so they are like tubes
    Sincerely,

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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    I use both 300b monolbocks and FW SIT-3

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    Re: What type of amps do you use? Tube? Solid State? Both? Hybrid?

    Class A solid state and Tubes. Both main system and headphones. Some genres I strongly prefer tubes on and solid state is more for convenience really.
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