Cary SLP 98L or deHavillanrd Mercury 3?
First time here. I'd like to add a tube preamp to a solid state Odyssey Stratos Dual Mono Amp. Music is classical. Budget <=$5k. I am searching for the following qualities in a tube amp:
-Transparent and neutral tonality and timbre for acoustical instruments
-bass: powerful and deep
-mids: harmonically rich, clear, smooth, refined
-highs: extended & airy. WITHOUT glare. NOT rolled off.
-3D, spacious sound stage WITHOUT sacrificing focus
-big tone, lush sound
-high resolution with micro details without etching
1. Which would be better - Cary SLP 98P, deHavilland Mercury 3 or Ultraverve?...
2. Any other recommendations or advice?...
SS amp: Odyssey Stratos Dual Mono
SS preamp: Odyssey Tempest Extreme
Cables: Audioquest Copper
Speakers: eVeII (DIY Tony Gee design using Scanspeak 21W8555/18W8545/D2905-9800 drivers using series fed crossovers with Mundorf Supreme Caps, etc). Great detail, dynamics, imaging, neutrality.