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    Valvet E2-SE

    https://highend-electronics.com/prod...mono-amplifier

    I’ve been listening to my Valvet E2-SE for the past couple of weeks. I had the original E2 then upgraded to the new SE version. Both are superb with the original being ever so slightly warmer and only in comparison the SE version is a little cleaner and more open.

    It has 12/20 wpc for 8/4 ohms. Definitely feels a little more powerful but this is one heck of a beautiful sounding amp.

    If your power needs are not insane, this is a definite must have amp. I think mine has reached the point of break in and was absolutely wonderful last night.

    I’ve been using it with my Misho Wooden preamp and since last week, the Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2 - a perfect preamp.




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    First Watt SIT-1 monos, Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3, Luxman MQ-300, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, Cary 300B SE monos, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos.

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    Re: Valvet E2-SE

    Someday if/when I have some room I wouldn't mind playing with a single end set up
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    Re: Valvet E2-SE

    Correction. Rear photo is not the SE version - photo below is the SE version.

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    Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M, JBL 590.

    Accuphase E-650 w/ Dac, Job INTegrated, Naim Supernait 2 w/ HiCap-DR.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre, Linear Tube Audio MZ2.

    First Watt SIT-1 monos, Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3, Luxman MQ-300, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, Cary 300B SE monos, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos.

    Lumin U1 mini, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ upgrades.

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    Re: Valvet E2-SE

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    Someday if/when I have some room I wouldn't mind playing with a single end set up

    I am so hooked on SET now, it's wonderful. As long as you are not playing any head banging rock 'n roll through the SET, it's all good!
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    Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M, JBL 590.

    Accuphase E-650 w/ Dac, Job INTegrated, Naim Supernait 2 w/ HiCap-DR.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre, Linear Tube Audio MZ2.

    First Watt SIT-1 monos, Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3, Luxman MQ-300, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, Cary 300B SE monos, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos.

    Lumin U1 mini, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

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    Re: Valvet E2-SE

    Can you compare the Valvet to the Pass XA25? I'm really interested in how these two compare? Thanks,

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    Re: Valvet E2-SE

    Hi,

    It's been a while since hearing the XA25 in my system. I only had the Avantgarde Duo at the time and I didn't feel the XA25 was quite right for those speakers. It's a pretty neutral amp. It's absolutely necessary for the more difficult to drive speakers. It puts out almost 50wpc into 8 ohms from a review I read.

    If you can get away with the 12wpc of the E2-SE, I would easily take that over the XA25 and I am a huge Pass fan. The E2 and E2-SE are a little sweeter, the SE version being a ever so slightly more neutral but cleaner and more open on top. The non se version, only in comparison, seems to have a tiny bit of a veil on top but the SE lets you hear deeper into the music. The E2SE is open, sweet, airy, very 3D and very musical.

    The XA25 has superb control and is not as sweet being push-pull vs SET. I think the Valvet has a single gain stage so it's closer to typical SET without any drawbacks of tubes. The XA25 seems to have more control and a tighter bottom end.

    For me, it all depends on speaker choice and efficiency. I'd pick the E2-SE over the XA25 if you can live with the power of the Valvet. Otherwise, the XA25 is a superb amp and hands down my next choice for low power amp.

    What speaker were you planning on using?


    Quote Originally Posted by Don Ivey View Post
    Can you compare the Valvet to the Pass XA25? I'm really interested in how these two compare? Thanks,
    Last edited by joeinid; October 30, 2019 at 01:17 PM.
    Joe

    Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M, JBL 590.

    Accuphase E-650 w/ Dac, Job INTegrated, Naim Supernait 2 w/ HiCap-DR.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre, Linear Tube Audio MZ2.

    First Watt SIT-1 monos, Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3, Luxman MQ-300, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, Cary 300B SE monos, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos.

    Lumin U1 mini, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

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    Re: Valvet E2-SE

    Sorry it took so long to respond, and thanks for the info. I would probably use them with either Audio Note E/Spe HE's or Klipsch Cornwalls. Thanks,

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    Re: Valvet E2-SE

    It would be perfect on those speakers.
    Joe

    Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M, JBL 590.

    Accuphase E-650 w/ Dac, Job INTegrated, Naim Supernait 2 w/ HiCap-DR.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre, Linear Tube Audio MZ2.

    First Watt SIT-1 monos, Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3, Luxman MQ-300, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, Cary 300B SE monos, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos.

    Lumin U1 mini, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.