try plinius either intergrated ot small sa series with their pre amp
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I really am impressed with the McCormack DNA-125 Smooth, Fast and Detailed. It has a great synergy with the Dyn's. Plus it has the high current that the S1.4's need since they drop to 4 Ohm. The McCormack does 200 watt into 4 OHM. Steve McCormack is one of my favorite designers. All of his designs sound fabulous and have a great reputation. He visits this site often to comment and answer forum questions. A Very special amp. PM me if you are interested I have one 3 yr old and 2 pair of S1.4's Maple and Cherry with stands. I am switching to a tube set up and was going to put these up next week:) Good Luck!
Seasons greetings fellow A'goner.My current 2 channel system consists of:Dynaudio "Audience 52SE"speakers,Marantz "DV-7001"multi disc player which runs through a Yaqin"Tube Buffer"(Tesla 6922 tube),Yaqin "MS-34D"Class A, EL34 Tube Integrated Amplifier(Shaguang EL34's & NOS Mullard M8100's),MAC cables(Silver Braided I/C's & Source HC Power Cords)all pluged in a Furman "PS-8"power station.Before I offer my opinion on your choices I want to DISPELL a few myths regarding Dynaudio speakers(especially when driven by tubes).It has been said that Dynaudio's are lifeless at lower volume levels.Whle this may be true when driven by most class A/B amps,when driven by quality,Pure Class A amplification this drivel goes right out the window.I am retired so I don't have fixed hours & often listen to music well into the wee hours of the mourning.Even at whisper quiet levels the 52SE's have all the tonal definition & musicallity you could ask for.Second people say they are too dificult to drive with tubes,BULL!My Yaqin puts out 40 wpc Pure Class A Tube Power & IT ROCKS THOSE 52SE's!Bass is DEEP & Tight with NO slop WHATSOEVER!Dynaudios are ACCURATE speakers & WILL expose any poor equipment in the system as well as POOR RECORDINGS so keep that in mind.They are definitly NOT rolled off & mellow speakers.Now my recommendation(OH MAN I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR THIS COMBINATION)is the Contour S1.4's driven by a VTL"IT-85"or the Cary"SLI-80"Tube Integrated Amp!My money says those combos would ROCK!!!The Dynaudios will highlite EVERY great aspect of tubes.As for loose bass with the Cary,I doubt that VERY seriously.Power transformers on todays tube amps are just too well built not to control the small bass drivers we are talking about with an iron fist.Maybe on big multi driver speakers but not something like the Contour S1.4's.Rolled off treble?Again NOT LIKELY with todays production tubes.One more thing.I have discovered that my 52SE's like all copper wire in the system.Check those S1.4's out with tubes & I'm betting you'll be in sonic heaven.Have a great weekend.
I have trouble driving my Audience 42 speakers with a 100 watt Creek Destiny integrated. I'm in a bedroom as well so it's not like I'm trying to fill a huge space with a small speaker either. Dyns are known to be a tough load so I wouldn't be looking at any amps that are lower powered. I've never tried tubes and don't care much for them just because I don't like having to power things down every time I listen. That BAT integrated you mention might be a good idea. Or maybe even one of the high powered Musical Fidelity integrateds might be worth looking into?
Thanks a lot for the responses. I'll have to look into some of the suggestions, but at least it looks like a decently powered tube amp should be able to drive them. I'm not sure how it works in the audiophile world, since I'm just starting to get into it, but I've been playing guitar for a few years and the 2 amps that I have are both tube based (KT-88 and 6L6). I've tried solid state in the past and they just don't compare to the tube amps, so this is one of the reasons why I'd like to pick up a tube amp. Also, I'm used to letting my amps warm up so that won't be an issue with me.
Keithr: did you by any chance compare the C1 with the contour s1.4, I'm trying to figure if almost double the cost is worth it. The BAT looks really good I just don't have any dealers around to audition it. Could you give me a bit of a description of the sound or maybe a comparison with other amps you may have heard? thanks.
The C1 is far superior to the 1.4----much more detail, much better bass, and driver integration is really superb. honestly, i liked my old 1.3SEs more than the 1.4. some may disagree with me, but that was a very special speaker. the Special 25 has a hot top end, so some like it, some dont (i prefer the more neutral Dyns)
as far as the BAT, i consider it pretty neutral but with a hair of liquidity in the midrange---i have heard Dyns with Sim and don't think that combination is all that the marketing guys think it is. i think Sim is pretty stale sounding. the BAT also is very well built and can drive Danes with ease. the other integrated i'd like to try is the Krell FBI---but its cheaper probably just to get a 400cx and tube preamp.
there are several BAT integrateds on the 'gon right now, so using one in your system would be an inexpensive way to try it. i also had a Pass X2/250.5 on my Dyns and liked that combo very much---but the Pass integrated is still pretty expensive (i sold the 250.5 because it didn't fit in my rack/configuration)