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Congrats on the Crescendos. I've heard them at my local AZ dealer, here in NH and they are superb, but will need about 700 hours to sound their best. I've heard these with Atma-Sphere and Kondo amplification and both were excellent. Contact Steve Klein at Sounds of Silence for his experience pairing with tube amps.
I agree with Fjn04 you should listen with your amp before making any changes. How and what you listen to will determine the best amp for you.
I too heard the Crescendos @SOS. Steve was using Atma-Sphere MA-60 with an Audioformer and I felt with some materials, it could use a bit more control.
For a perspective, my system is very different with SS amps. Main reason for my visit is to checkout Atma-Sphere amps. Haven't heard them for a long long time and investigating a tube amp for my system.
Rsf507, It's funny how we all hear different things. LOL! There's no right or wrong but just personal preferences.
For me, more control is not just tighter but sharper and better imaging. I do prefer more bloom, less warmth, more transparency and in general, a more vivid and dynamic sound.
I was there to listen the Atma_Sphere and not particular Crescendos.
All, thank you for the responses so far. I finally received the Crescendos and set them up this morning. I am breaking them in with my Modwright, but may try my 2.5 watt 2a3 at some point just to see what happens. Anyway, I will pursue a well suited tube amp to mate with them. Has anyone heard the Crescendos with an ARC Reference 75? I suspect this could be a good match.
Also, is everyone using the factory supplied spikes or aftermarket?
Do you generally like SS amps and specifically your Mod Wright amp ? If so
you may be happy with the current amp. I've heard this speaker during
three long listening occasions with the Triode Corp.845 PSET amplifier and
thought it was simply beautifully natural in its presentation. We may have
different taste however. Good Luck.
Congratulations , you own an excellent pair of speakers and I just heard them again at CES a few days ago. The 2A3 is probably a bit too low powered for anything above modest listening levels ( The tonality may be wonderful however). The ARC REF 75 may work well, based on my familiarity I'd strongly and passionately urge you to try a good quality 845 SET amplifier. Your Crescendos with expose the innate character of the amplifier used.
I am using SS McIntosh MC601 mono's with my Crescendo's. I think they sound great. When I listened to the Crescendo's at Acoustic Zen in San Diego, Robert Lee had them hooked up with a pair of SS Red Dragon monos. He had them set up in a very large demo room at his facility. I know he often uses tube amps for shows. One of these days I may try a tube amp just to check it out but it will most likely be a McIntosh MC275 to match with all my other McIntosh gear.
I am using AZ Absolute Copper interconnects and AZ Hologram II speaker cables and find the synergy sounds great.
Wow another wonderful experience listening to the Crescendos. Steve the owner of Sounds Of Silence also explained what a gentleman Mr. Robert Lee is and how Mr. Lee make a bad situation right. This isnt the place to go into details but if you call Steve he will gladly share. (It has nothing to do with AZ products).