Ridiculous overkill either way.
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Coincident Total Reference in the bedroom. You must be joking. That would be a waste. Never heard the Melody and I seriously doubt that pairing the Total Reference with a 2A3 based amp would be optimal.
I have had Super Eclipses IIs for 4 years or so (with 300B-based amps), and like Israel Blume's work, and am very interested in hearing the Total Refs. I don't have the room for them and they are out of my price range, but I'd still like to hear them.
I follow this forum reasonably closely and have not seen anyone post their listening impressions yet. These are pretty new, as you know.
I don't know if the Total Refs will be at CES, but I would not be surprised if Coincident show them.
Sorry about the delay Ben. I did not see your response.
I use Welborne Labs Laurel IIx with my Super Eclipse. These are SETs based around the 300B valve. Mine have the Ultimate Upgrade kit fitted, and Full Music mesh triodes. I use Sylvania 6SL7GT VT-229 driver tubes (from 1945).
I live in an apartment so I have all the volume I need from 8 watts. If I were to upgrade the amps I'd either go for Ron Welborne's DRD amps (300B) or a balanced pair of monoblocks like the BAT VK-150SE (yes, I know that these two could not be further apart in topology).