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Craig, kestral 2s love tubes and either choice will probabl ... Zinfan2
Craig: the prologue 2 will allow you to use different tube ... Rar1
Craig, i'm not familar with your system or what in reproduce ... Newbee
do you suppose this is because of the circuit, or the el34 t ... Tvad
The circuit i expect. i have other amps which use el34's fro ... Newbee
I appreciate everyone's comments and suggestions. if anyone ... Craigb_in
What are your speakers' sensitivity and impedance specs? Tvad
Craig: points well made, though if i follow your dates corr ... Rar1
Tvad - the published specs on the kestrel 2s are pretty skim ... Craigb_in
Provided you don't listen to rock at floor shaking levels, y ... Tvad
Between the power and preamp, I would say the biggest sonic benefit is in switching out the preamp. But then you are getting into a hybrid situation (tube preamp/solid state power amp) and you may or may not want to do that. Supposedly that hybrid combination gives you the best of both worlds ... more analog sounding front end with solid state power for control and volume. I do the reverse (tube power amp/solid state preamp), because it worked out that way and I like the combination quite a bit.
At the time that I purchased my Prologue 2, I had an email exchange with Kevin Deal as to whether to go with the 1 or the 2. The price difference was about $200 or so. Kevin wrote back that the P2 would give me more "oomph in the bass" and "the parts were slightly better." That was as technical as it got, but it helped me make my decision. I was planning to run the P2 with full range speakers that went down to 35hz and figured that the P2 would support those speakers better. I did not know from tube swapping then and that a quartet of KT88's accounted for at least 40% of the price difference.
In the end, I think that you are correct in saying that a tube integrated will give you the most sonic benefit bang for the buck. I would still go with the P2 because it gives me the tube swapping options, which may become valuable to you later down the line. I would also go with Prima Luna, in general, because of the auto biasing and soft start features, which just make ownership so much simpler.
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Craig, your question to rarl re power v pre, is sort of a ch ... Newbee
Rich, newbee, et al - again, thanks for the further thought ... Craigb_in
Craig, unless you spring for the pl3 and pl7 go with the the ... Newbee
Your comments on the relatively skimpy info regarding actual ... Craigb_in
Thanks again to everyone who participated in the thread. aft ... Craigb_in
Hi craig: congratulations on going with the prima luna prod ... Rar1