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Accuphase. the only ss amps i have heard that sound tube lik ... Jtgofish
The hafler transnova series may be just what you are looking ... Mcfarland
Conrad johnson does a good job coming up with designs that a ... Stevecham
You might want to consider a balanced audio technology vk-20 ... Jofi
For it was well recognized by the major hifi publications & ... Analog_soul
Luxman m800. ive not heard it myself, but several friends/co ... Ps68
Old school solution: mccormack dna-.5/1 with smc upgrades. g ... Fpeel
I have a cary slp98p (f1 version) and it sounds great with m ... Macdadtexas
If you really like the way tube amps sound and have speakers ... Mechans
I agree with mechans. tube magic = tube amp + tube friendl ... Tvad
Nelson pass makes a great sounding pure class a amplifier se ... Redwoodgarden
i own pass xa-.5 amps, and i have owned half a dozen tube a ... Tvad
tvad: i have never owned a tube amp, but i was going to bu ... Redwoodgarden
because i could not find a tube amp that would produce sati ... Tvad
Why not look for something that plays back the music the way ... Flemke
Tim- i think that's what everyone does...the "issue&qu ... Jtwrace
Jtwrace, ya,i guess so. tim Flemke
No You must accept this miserable truth.
The sound of the music when initially played to make a recording, is not the sound that you hear when played back. It is impossible for your speakers to move air in the extremely complex way the combined sum effect from the waves of instruments being played simulteaneously yeilds and your mind percieves is not possible. Unless of course you have a very unusual speaker that would be a full sized orchestra of instruments arranged in the manner of the live event playing the instruments like a player piano robitically in your listening room.
Most peoples homes do not have a space equivalent to a studio recording booth and the size of live venue spaces that popular groups use only an extreme example to get ou thinking when people say . My gear sounds so nuetral it is exactly as if it is the actual thing being played live.
Please to those who think this way stop for a second and actually listen to what you say.
In order to make it possible for you to have some type of media containg the music, a disc a tape, a digital reprentation of information that is usable to remake an analog sound etc The following seems to be the only known method used. The music is played into microphones the first thing is that the receptors for the sound have a circuit some are tubed some not this information is intentionally engineered to meet parameters trhe engineer deems is desirable and I hope understands the inention of the musicians. Other criteria that is decided by the producers aiming at pleasing a specific target or demographic audience. limits imposed by other factors observed such as the presumed method of playback.
The recording engineers are coordinated with marketing and try to responding to the anticipated playback scenerios in particular the interior cabin of a car or truck with 70db of road noise and compression by the radio transmission to a dynamic range. I understand at most 10 db.
The home system uses a mastered altered version of music that has been subject to manipulation of duplication and that stereo you chose. It is not a person playing a cello like Starker or Pablo Casals or Starker or whomever is alive and willing o pop by.
It is an electronic set of devices all of which differ to some degree. The one you chose I hope was of your free will with limitations of finite budgets but otherwise I expect choices and reflect of your preferences. There is no known audio system that can play what was never put on the media you use to select the music you want to hear that can tell what the actual musical instruments and singers did and therefore be the correct system if you want accurate absolutely faithful live sound out of your system. At the same time rebuilding your listening room and seating position and so on. This applys to each time you choose a song any record recording even tracks you want to here.
I certainly hope you have had the good fortune to have made your own choices with regard to the equipment you use. I did and made some bad picks but always thought I was going to hear what I liked when I had heard that equipment while auditioning it. I know pretty much what I hope to get ...what my subjective likes are and know that what I choose makes a difference. It is silly to even argue that audio systems are different sounding. It is you who decides as I said that you can afford fit in your space or whatever defined limits exist that you had some choices, this is the case.
I am generally never this assertive I always belived there is room for disagreement. Now I say my system is colored and that was my intent. I like it that way. The holier than thou insane audiophiles who insist that there is a true better or more correct choice and the psychotic belief that they know that the system they put together is not some approximation of an actual live performance but honestly beleive it is the same as the live event. Need medication for their delusion.
Tubes are as TVAD said all about imagery the soundscape. And no SS no matter what even the adored truly nice guy Nelson Pass knows that the tube amp is wildly distorted compared to an SS amp. I know this I like this type of distortion it is the right ordered one that is pleasurable not overdriven clipped horror. I want a tube amp and if you like that sound stop being afraid of the "tube" hassle it is trivial compared to the pleasure. the investment spent in realizing that younwill need to replace the tubes or may need advice on tweaking the tone a little by rolling the same tube type is worth it if you are serious otherwise please don't ask me to validate your irrational overhyped fears anbd agree with you that you can get the tube magic from any SS amp. You can't and I would take some time listening to real tube power amps and all tube integrateds. No hybrids that is a silly joke and the incredibly ridiculously uninformed "a tube any place in the chain will make the system sound the same an all tube system . That is just plain false.
I will lend you a freakin tube amp to use so you know what you are saying by "tube amp sound". Otherwise put non your boots and do the honest thing and admit I want a tube amp because I know what they do and I like it . Or say I guess I am uncertain and spend time learning enough to say I want an SS amp that sounds like this one and stop the blather.
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"the sound of the music when initially played to make a ... Phaelon
Tad 125 monos. read the reviews... Eagleman6722
there is no such animal. buy a tube amp and enjoy. Orpheus10
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Accuphase is high on that list.smooth, no grain, powerful. Nolitan
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I have used & had a few mccormacks in the previous years. so ... Nolitan
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No such thing, ime. Jburidan
6 moons just did a review of a wyred 4 sound amp that might ... Soix
I've used tad hibachi ss monos with ohm 100s and found that ... Martykl
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As some have suggested ss amps trying to sound like tube amp ... Pani
The issue i seem to be picking up with the responses here is ... Adamaley
Stumbed over my old post and thought i might actually respon ... Joekapahulu
i live in los angeles. i'll trade you hawaii for california. ... Tvad
The herron m1 monos are fantastic with the liquidity of tube ... Wig
Tvad, what part of ca...sfo or napa might be a deal. la prob ... Joekapahulu