I believe that vintage Accuphase E202 won't have any competitors for your set up. Find one nicely serviced or one that can be nicely serviced and you won't regret.
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Since you already have the Emotiva components, why not just keep them? If its an appearance issue, maybe you can hide the amps somewhere and run cables. All things being equal, more power never hurts. Personally, I really like the sound you get when an amp never has to strain, even a little, while driving the speakers.
Thanks. My primary listening is electric blues and some classic rock (Tull, Moody Blues). So, I like the impact or bite if you will of the electric guitar. The New Triton 7's I acquired provide more impact than my old Magnepan MMG's did but preserved the detail the MMG's are noted for. The bass is so good in the Tritons I sold my subs.
I saw my local dealer had his demo Rogue Cronus Magnum up for sale here just a few days ago. I've heard it run Magnepan mmgs with Rel sub there...very nice! I recall the Tritons which I have also heard may be similarly tube friendly as well. Having heard them, I think I would consider a decent tube integrated perhaps if possible.
Tube hybrid could be interesting. Rogue seems big into that these days as well. Have not heard, but would expect very good results in general. I do run separate ARC tube pre-amp + Bel Canto Class D amp. BEst of both worlds indeed in many cases. Very liquid neutral (not warm) midrange, but can still be a touch warm sounding with some speakers that normally tend to lean that way, like Dynaudio.
I've heard the GE Tritons and Aons. Tritons were not set up well so I did not get a good sense of their potential. Aons were and there was a lot to like. THe folded ribbon delivered what I would describe as a more "polite" top end than other speakers I heard in comparison, less tending towards bright or edgy than the others. Good CLass D + tube pre is best of both worlds as often described. A good match on paper for use with GEs in general, I would think. Rogue SPhinx has goten some good reviews and Rogue in general tends to offer very high quality sound and good value with its products.
Thank you. What I like about the Rogue (besides the reviews) is that they are made right in PA (i"m from upstate, NY) and that appeals to me. I've owned McIntosh for the same reason. I'd like to simplify from the Emotiva mono-blocks and pre-amp (3 pieces plus cables, power cords etc.) but do not want to lose sound quality. Seems to be some nice integrateds on A'Gon right now...
Rogue SPhinx would be a nice fit into my second system if needed someday. By the time I need to change there, I'm expecting affordable tube/Class D integrateds to be even better and more common than today.
Personally, I would also love to build a second system around a nice VAC tube integrated someday, but not using tubes in the power amp makes for less maintenance and using Class D amps opens up a lot of choices for good speakers in a smaller package that might not work as well with a tube power amp.
I agree. Seems the hybrids are a growing variety. read some good things about the Rogue though it is a bit on the ugly side. Lots of choices, the BADA has popped up in a few comments. The Athem 225 I had eyed yesterday has sold already. A'Gon always seems to have some values but you must be ready to pounce.