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Thank You @rh67!
Can you please care to explain what would be the main differences between the two amps. Where do you see the 150ia being the better option? Would it only be for playing louder?
My main concern with the 805 was not necessarily the loudness but if it would be able to control the bass with authority in my speakers.
If 805ia can do bass control and play till 80 db loudness in my room then I am inclined to it because I am keen to get the SET sound.
Also with regards to the heat, how big of an issue is it? Can I keep it near my TV? The TV would be switched off when the AMP is on though. My TV is wall mounted and the AMP would be on the rack below it.
I have a 7 month old baby who will start to walk soon. I plan to keep the grill on at all times for safety sake. Is the grill sturdy and will it still be hot assuming the amp is ON. Hot enough to burn a finger?
Sorry for the dumb questions. Its the first time I am getting into this hole!
Either amp needs to be away from your child. Those 805 tubes get very hot and will burn you or anyone else. The tube cage is not that sturdy and i would not rely on it. What ever amp you buy it needs to be completely out of a child`s reach, worry about your child over anything else. Big tube amps will put out a lot of heat.
Proper SET amps can be magical and the 805IA does not have an issue with controlling bass.
Another option would be a Pass Labs amp, i sold my 805IA and bought a XA25 and i could not be happier, it has that SET 3D imaging and slightly better tone and detail. With your speakers the 30.8 could be a better option as it has more power. These are pure class A and run hot but you will not burn yourself just by touching them.
Thank you so much. Someone suggested that I look at at EL34 based amps as they do not heat up as much. I know it will not be as cool as a Pass labs but would it be considerably less hot than the 805 or 150i amps?
The pass labs unfortunately are very expensive in Singapore and it is out of my budget.