Add Plinius SA-100 mkIII to your list. Delete Melos as it seems the restoration team has closed their doors.
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I have kind of a similar system to yours, an AA M3A with Shanling T100 CD Player and VPI/Blackbird, except I have the original model Virgos, which I love.
After extensive auditioning of over 15 amplifiers, tube and SS, I purchased the Nuforce Reference 9 monoblocks. They are expressive, detailed and incredibly transparent without etch or fatigue. Instruments and vocals have natural timbre and wonderful presence, and the bass is dynamic, tuneful and tight. Plenty of power to spare. No tube fuss. Ultra quiet and nearly tweak proof.
These amps easily beat out anything in this price range, and many others way above! They will easily smoke your PSA -I have two PSA amps which I have now relegated for use in my home recording studio and they're pretty good for what they are, but for listening this is a whole new world.
I can't recommend the Ref 9s highly enough, and Nuforce is a pleasure to deal with. You don't see many used on Agon, but they pop up here and there. Nuforce sometimes has demos they'll sell you direct at a discount.
Try them if you can, but IMHO, they are among the best out there, and are an incredible value at around $2500 a pair.
Good luck and happy listening!
I agree with keithr on Cary. For solid state, Pass Labs. The first time I heard Virgo II's driven by a Pass Labs X-150 I was hooked! I now have a X-350, even better. I have not heard them but understand the new generation .5 versions are a significant improvement. Especialy in taming the high frequency glare.
Good luck, Greg
The Cary's were in need of servicing. The dealer was highly recommending the ARC VT 100, but it was out for serving as well (tubes not doing so well for reliability?) So I may be leaning towards solid state for the time being.
I auditioned the Michael Yee PA-2 noted above, which sounded much better than my PSE IV, and close to a Separo SE300i, 10w 300B Integrated tubed unit -- but I was hard pressed to say which sounded "better" -- just noted a slight difference. I will be returning to the dealer soon to re-audition, and listen to an additional amp, or two, or three.
Anyone familiar with the Michael Yee PA-2 amp, or can recommend any of the others on the list of the above amps for auditioning?
Thank you all for your suggestions.