Advice from Thor, AS, Vac owners
I have just very reluctantly sold my Jadis JOR - simply because I dont want to bias it - too much of a pain - and cant find a used Jadis DA 60 for love or money. (In second system, used 12 hours a day) I cant afford the Jadis DA 88 Signature, which would be my first choice. I can drive an amp with the preamp stage of my balanced APL 3910 CDP, so I can get an amp or int amp.
I cant wait 3 months for Bobby's Ars Sonum.
Speakers: Merlin TSM-Mx.
Priorities: To approximate the magical, liquid midrange of the Jadis - bass authority less important; highs have to be sweet and transparent. I realise the AS, which would be my first choice, since I own the MA-2s and am crazy about them, paired with an AS MP-1 (ain main system)may not be as good fed by the line stage of an APL 3910 (balanced)
Current candidates, used on A'gon: Atma-Sphere M-60 MkII mod to 3, Vac Avatar Super, Thor TPA 30, ?Art Audio with EL 34s. I am intrigued by the hype on Thor, know AS inside-out but dont know Vac Avatar Super.
Budget: $4K (preferably used - all the above are within that budget)
Any other suggestions?