The Amp has plenty of power for an SET and I enjoyed it but it is not the last word in transparency. It has a rather big romantic sound.
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I do agree with your comments; I owned one too and was curious to get others opinion and see if it match my thoughts.it is quite powerful with a big 3D sound,the top end seems fine to me and yes it is on the warm side of things.
also quite dynamic with good bass.
I would need to take it to my friend and compare the sonics to his smarts 845 which are very open sonically.
what tubes do you use with it?
I am using a audioquest powercord of some type but I am not a great believer of them as I tried many different brands from my friends and never found significant improvement sonically unlike IC or speaker cables.
the tubes are using are sometimes mullard cv 4003 and rca cleartops.
tried this compares to your tube set up?
thinking of selling it due to the heat the S8 produces,just gets to hot in my room despite the fans blowing (I live in hawaii/rainy mountain side).
I have sold the S8 about a year ago and I must admit I still refer to it as the best most realistic sonics I've ever heard.
guess I still miss it though I got a nice system now just not that magic midrange that really got me begging a whole lot.
my system now has other strenths and feel realistic too but not that same vivid,here in your room feel.
who knows I may go back to it someday.