Does anyone have any experience of hybrid valve and solid state power amps?


Hi guys

I ask this question because I recently had a listen to a JE Audio Dyad S400 power amp. I was very impressed by its performance, but, correct me if I'm wrong there don't seem to be many hybrids around, or are there?


What are your thoughts on how they compare to other designs?

bazb
ARC HD-220 a hybrid as is Aesthetix Atlas as well as Vandersteen 
the HD-220 way underrated IMO


There is a Dodd Audio Hybrid listed here that sounds excellent (actually been watching it and the ad expires in an hour ) might get relisted ? . Vincent Audio makes a Hybrid too .

Lamm, Vincent and Conrad johnson offthe top of my head.

I have a Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista hybrid integrated that is quite nice.
PS Audio BHK Signature 250
@bazb , 
hi, i'm also interested in Dyad amp. would you describe how the sound image portrayed in that setup ? what kind of music you tested in the audition? 
does it sound forward but seemingly relax and lean, airy and have more SILKY sparkle in the high ?
is it more spacious, orchestra instrument separation, airy presentation ?
is it capable to resolve complex passages & pop electronic music better ?
lastly, does it sound slightly veil or clarity with hear through effect ? 
any info would be appreciated. Thank you.
-phil 
PS Audio BHK Signature 300
I had the Rogue Medusa in my system on demo and it was a really good piece.  Outstanding dynamics, imaging, and soundstaging.  The fact that you can tune it with the input tube to cater to your system and tastes is such a nice bonus.  

The LSA Statement is an incredible hybrid integrated. You'll find them every now and then here and should jump at the chance to own one. 


@bazb ,
hi, i'm also interested in Dyad amp. would you describe how the sound image portrayed in that setup ? what kind of music you tested in the audition?
does it sound forward but seemingly relax and lean, airy and have more SILKY sparkle in the high ?
is it more spacious, orchestra instrument separation, airy presentation ?
is it capable to resolve complex passages & pop electronic music better ?
lastly, does it sound slightly veil or clarity with hear through effect ?
any info would be appreciated. Thank you.
-phil


Hi Phil

I have heard this amp on several occasions now, both at the dealers and in a friends set-up. It's difficult to evaluate in my friends set-up because it's difficult to tell what exactly each component is contributing. However, in his set-up it sounds excellent. He likes to play the music much louder than myself, and despite the high volume I can happily listen to his set-up for several hours without any listener fatigue.


The listen I had in the dealers was more illuminating. When I heard it I was actually auditioning amps retailing for less than a quarter of the Dyad's price. If I was rating these amps at around 4 or 5 out of 10 then by comparison I'd have given the Dyad 10 out of 10. It was simply in a different league. I listen mainly to rock/heavy metal and many of my favourite records sound lifeless and compressed. The Dyad opened up these recordings and delivered a level of transparency and space around the instruments that was stunning. This scale and depth of sound was also apparent on well recorded tracks. It sounded very musical and brought recordings to life.


Unfortunately, its well outside my price range otherwise I'd have bought it. I hope these comments are helpful, and if you can afford it I would urge you to audition one and let us know how you get on!

Vincent audio SV -237. Great amp and when you factor in cost it's even a better bargain.
Croft Acoustics
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