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My first really expensive hifi purchase, 10 years ago, was a Lectron JH-30 tube integrated amp and ProAc Response 2's. Since then I've spent 10's and 10's of thousands of dollars trying all sorts of tubes, solid state, and speaker after speaker: Meridian, Audio Physic, QUAD, Audiostatic, Red Rose, JMlab, Revel, my current Wilson's (which are for sale). The irony is that in my new apartment I will be back to where I started: JH-30 and a pair of ProAc 1SC's. They really make a great sound. For bass, add a REL Storm subwoofer.
I have enjoyed Platinum Solo's with wonderful bass extension driven by 35 tube watts per channel for near field listening. These are $700-800 used on Audiogon, very much a bargain. Rear ported so need at least 2 feet from wall behind speaker. Those who favor transistors prefer multi-hundred watts per channel to fill a larger room with this same speaker in its non-monitor "take no prisoners" Superman mode.
Hi Seth, The Lectron JH-30 brings back some great memories. At that time I thought it was one of the finest amps i ever heard. IMO, the Proac 1SC is the best speaker in their line. your comments are no surprise to me. Can't imagine, considering the title of this thread, you can do much better. Never heard them together but got a feeling you have a magical combination. Thanks for bringing back some great memories of the Lectron JH-30. Sounds like a killer setup