Engaging power source needed


Hi,

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
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Check out PS Audio GCC series. Great reviews
http://www.10audio.com/gallo_ref3-1.htm
Jackiejr,
Since you have Gallo's go to the site above and check out the resistor mod on the sub binding posts.

also the Cary SLI80 intergrated tube is a nice unit.Cary works well with many speakers..
In soild state the Naim Nait 5i was always musical..I don't remember the wattage
Look for a used Conrad Johnson CA200 amp for $3600 or so and maybe a Pro-ject Tube Box SE phono-pre for $300.

Dave