Since it is a short term solution just buy another Adcom and minimize your expense.
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Buy two Applied Audio Research SLA 2 amps. They cost $250 new each. One would also be enough.
These are studio amps and sound 85% as good as the best solid state amps one can buy. I know as I have owned SS amps like the JC1's, Belles Reference and others.
I know its hard to believe and most don't. See my feedback as I am no hack. Feel free to contact me for more info.
These litle amps are just so good.
Thanks for all the replies guys, I do like the esl idea, I have heard pretty good things about them. Carver too. Keep the ideas coming, I know there is a large group of people out there that are like me, looking for a stop gap, or newer younger people just trying to break into audio that think pioneer is the end all-be all (no offense pioneer owners). There are some great budget amps and processors out there on the cheap.
Bridgeing amps actually will reduce their stablility into low impedances, so I think that one Adcom is better than two for your Sound Labs. Why not just throw a couple of hundred at upgrading your Adcom? You will have a nicer sounding amp that is stable into low impedances and the reactive load that the Sound Labs present.
How do you upgrade the adcom? Who might be qualified to do that and what would it cost?
I was trying to get the speakers up and running tonight, the right channel on the adcom was lighting up the distortion sensor on the front of the amp quite a bit earlier than the left and then it went dead. I believe that I lost the channel tonight so now might be a good time to either upgrade it or dump it...
Philojet, if you find an Innersound ESL amp for less than $1000, then you should definitely jump on it. They tend to run in the $1200-$1500 range for the ESL 300. (I own one; it's a great amp.) You're right in that it's the perfect choice for electrostats.
For the price that the original poster supplied, though, I don't think the Innersound is in range.
07-04-08: GrannyringNow there's an SLA-4, which is 100w/channel x 4, so you could bi-amp at 100 watts per wire. These go for about $439. The really attractive thing about the SLA-4 mated to an electrostat is that the SLA-4 is rated to 2 ohms.
I think the funky and low loads that electrostatics sometimes present may be part of your problem.