Engaging power source needed
I'm probably like many novices who read the Audiogon posts regularly.
I've purchased what I think are solid performers in the mid-fi range gleaning necessary info from the Internet. I'm having a ball.
Gallo 3.1 speakers, Music Hall 7.1 with Eroica H cartridge and a modded Oppo DVD. Pedestrian for sure.
I had a Musical Fidelity A5 integrated amp(ss), 250 wpc into 8 ohms and the system sounded pretty good. It was fairly open and somewhat engaging. I returned the amp because of some superficial damage.
Now I need an integrated. I don't want seperates yet. I don't have the space.
I understand that EL-34's enhance the Gallo's. I do like ss but am willing to make the jump, though admittedly nervous about tubes.
I don't think that I need a lot of power, however, I like orchestral and chamber music. Also, r&b and jazz. I want punch on the low end. Room size is 13w x 16l x 8h. No treatments.
I'm frustrated because my knowledge is limited.
I am now willing to spend between $2-$5k. The phono stage could be stand alone. That's it.
Any comments would go a long way. jj