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    Re: Best Pure Musical Amplifiers (power not important)

    I continually and fully immersed in my MC501 amplifiers and with the recent implementation of Roon here, I won't be coming up for air anytime soon.

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    Awesome Michael! Finally got you to get Roon ... now you need to up your game on digital, maybe HQPlayer and a DSD DAC ...

    Just kidding my friend! Your Mc setup is top notch...
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    By the way, the Black Treasure CV-181Z tubes that Vladimir recommended arrived today. Moving the CBS brown base to go along with the Sylvania Bad Boys in the pre-amp has lifted the SET amp to an even higher level!!!
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    Re: Best Pure Musical Amplifiers (power not important)

    I would have to say the McIntosh mc225 amp with Klipsch speakers. (Not sure which model) It must have been 35 or so years ago at a friends house but I was mesmerized. It’s what really got me into audiophile type equipment.
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    Re: Best Pure Musical Amplifiers (power not important)

    In the last 2.5 years I tried many candidate amplifiers that potentially could replace my 'old' Parasound JC-1's. I tried class A, A/B, D and tube amplifiers (e.g. ModWright, Goldmund, CH-precision, TAD, Alieno, NAD, Soulution, ...) but in the end the amplifier(s) that really pulled me into the music were the VAC Signature 200 IQ's. For me these amplifiers have everything I ever wanted. Of course a Goldmund Telos 1000+ has even more control, but who cares? (I would say).
    Jan

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    Re: Best Pure Musical Amplifiers (power not important)

    Often the amp/preamp combo is too critical to split up. But Iíll take a stab at it:

    1. VAC 200iQ/450iQ
    2. Viva anything
    3. SIT-3
    4. Pass XA.5 with the edge to the 60.5/160.5
    5. Shindo DíYquem/WE300b
    6. Dart
    7. DíAg S250
    8. Audio Arts Mono II, but must be paired with the matching preamp
    9. Gryphon Colosseum
    10. Mc 2301ís
    11. BAT VK55SE monos
    12. MBL 9011/9008
    13. AudioNote Ongaku
    14. Luxman M900u monos/stereo

    Almost too many to mention....Iím sure Iíve forgotten a few.

    #1 is my amp at home (200iQ). $15K. Invest in some killer NOS tubes and you have a world class amp for $20K or less. Itís an amp that keeps pulling you back for ďjust one more songĒ, no matter how late it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Often the amp/preamp combo is too critical to split up. But I’ll take a stab at it:

    1. VAC 200iQ/450iQ
    2. Viva anything
    3. SIT-3
    4. Pass XA.5 with the edge to the 60.5/160.5
    5. Shindo D’Yquem/WE300b
    6. Dart
    7. D’Ag S250
    8. Audio Arts Mono II, but must be paired with the matching preamp
    9. Gryphon Colosseum
    10. Mc 2301’s
    11. BAT VK55SE monos
    12. MBL 9011/9008
    13. AudioNote Ongaku
    14. Luxman M900u monos/stereo

    Almost too many to mention....I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few.

    #1 is my amp at home (200iQ). $15K. Invest in some killer NOS tubes and you have a world class amp for $20K or less. It’s an amp that keeps pulling you back for “just one more song”, no matter how late it is.
    Thanksa lot for sharing your view/opinion Mike. For you having the possibility toaudition, in principle, everything which is available in the audio market givesa very nice guidance for everyone who is looking for a new power amplifier.Thanksa lot for sharing your view/opinion Mike. For you having the possibility toaudition, in principle, everything which is available in the audio market givesa very nice guidance for everyone who is looking for a new power amplifier.

    What are according to you the killer NOS tubes?

    Best regards, Jan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean Sibelius View Post
    Thanksa lot for sharing your view/opinion Mike. For you having the possibility toaudition, in principle, everything which is available in the audio market givesa very nice guidance for everyone who is looking for a new power amplifier.Thanksa lot for sharing your view/opinion Mike. For you having the possibility toaudition, in principle, everything which is available in the audio market givesa very nice guidance for everyone who is looking for a new power amplifier.

    What are according to you the killer NOS tubes?

    Best regards, Jan
    Youíre welcome. I have a small stockpile of 1960ís GoldLion KT88ís. Iím using 4 and I think I have 9 left. Gulp. The good news is that they are rated to last a very long time - tens of thousands of hours. I also have some 1950ís Sylvania 6SN7ís. I have no more of those and havenít been able to find the exact match, so when they go, Iíll be looking for something else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    You’re welcome. I have a small stockpile of 1960’s GoldLion KT88’s. I’m using 4 and I think I have 9 left. Gulp. The good news is that they are rated to last a very long time - tens of thousands of hours. I also have some 1950’s Sylvania 6SN7’s. I have no more of those and haven’t been able to find the exact match, so when they go, I’ll be looking for something else.
    Thanks for sharing Mike. Good to know
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    Speakers: Von Schweikert VR10-MKII system | Dynaudio Confidence C4 | Velodyne DD-18
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    Iíll put in another vote for the VAC 200iQ. People think because it isnít a Statement product it must not be great. If Kevin called it the Statement 200iQ and doubled the price, heíd probably sell more!

    Also impressed with Gryphon Antileon and Dartzeel 108 v2.
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