I just ordered a pair. They should be here Friday. I'll let you know next week if I remember.
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you should really try to audition these if you can-i bought a pair last oct 03 and i am seriously impressed-liquid mids and highs, startling clarity and weight, and man what a sound stage.....and this is without the oil cap option, plenty of power too,opens up the loudspeaker choices a bit....you cant go wrong for the price
You can check out my system at Nicholas Renter's System
If I may quote myself:
As for the AES hardware (AE-3 DJH and Sixpacs), I was nervous about transitioning to tubes. Would the tube rush drive me crazy? Could I live with the weak, flabby bass? What am I going to do with only 50 Watts? Well, let me assure you, the AES hardware quickly dispelled all of my fears. I can literally crank the volume (with no source active) and hear absolutely nothing from the speakers. No rush. No hum. No noise. Nothing. Zip. Nada. Sometimes when the spacing between tracks on a CD is a little longer than usual, I wonder if my system has shut itself off.
Are the SixPacs good with large scale classical music? That's an interesting question. Let me ask you a question to help clarify the root of your inquiry:
What aspects of large scale classical music are you most interested in?
The low end is phenominal for a 50 Watt tube amp. The imaging is supurb. The detail is presented in an appropriate (albeit very revealing way). Dynamic is an appropriate adjective in both the large scale and small scale sense of the word.
These are characteristics that I enjoy in all music, so it would be difficult for me to weight any of those qualities for a particular genre.
They seem to be well reviewed. My one concern in your description is "the low end seems to be "more appropriate" you don't feel it in your chest". I would have some issues with that. What type of speakers are you using? I know with my Rogue Magnum M120's at 60 watts triode, I sure feel it in my chest.
I'm using B&W Nautilus 805s + a REL Strata III (crossed over at 42Hz I believe). My frame of reference comes from using a Rotel RMB-1095 with this speaker setup.
When I put in Nine Inch Nails "Pretty Hate Machine" and let the db's fly, I'm not disappointed in the least. I can hear (and feel) the double-kick work articulated on Tool's "Lateralis" release, but it's expressed differently than with the solid state beast.
I'm glad you brought up the Rogue Magnum M-120's. Troutki has a pair and we were just talking about doing a shootout sometime.
Nrenter, one aspect that is very important to me with orchestral music is "weight and body". I also have the N805s/Rel Strata III combo with a Musical Fidelity A300 int. amplifier which is 150 wpc @ 8 ohms, however sometimes I feel the presentation with orchestral works is somewhat anemic (weak midbass?), even though the bass goes deep (rel sub). For example, double basses sound like cellos, violas sound like violins, so the problem with this is that music is missing more body and weight. I have hear that tube amplification adds a special bloom to the music, and since you have the N805s/Rel combo I was interested in your opinion about this. Thanks for the input, and excuse my poor English. Edu.