Ditto on the Pass Labs INT-60. I purchased a demo from Reno HiFi a few months ago and I am very pleased with it, No "bells or whistles" just an excellent sounding and powerful integrated amplifier. I have had other Pass Labs and First Watt products. While I still have tube products, including a Rogers tube integrated, I have traded many for the Nelson Pass products. I have come to believe (with my ears) that Nelson has somehow captured the "magic" of tubes in his solid state designs.
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DECWARE ZEN TORII MK IV or DECWARE ZMA: These are handmade, each one, point to point wiring...no circuit board. 25w or 40w respectively.
These are designed from a SET model. If you're into tube rolling, great. If you're not into tube rolling Decware provides quality tubes and offers replacements at reasonable prices. All of their products come with a lifetime guarantee.
More importantly, these two amps can and do produce higher end performance. Great soundstage, tone (from SS to classic tube), and clarity. Stock units do not sacrifice quality for affordability.
I've owned Jolida, Conrad Johnson, and VAC amps. None of them compare to Decware for quality construction and flexibility of sound presentation. Sound quality, Decware is easily their equal...much better than Jolida of course. In addition, I've listened to Lamm equipment, which is very nice for sure. Try to get them to help you with a repair or system advice...goodluck. Decware is second to none in customer service and a network of users who gladly share their experience. Check out the Decware.com site.
I'm a very happy customer who will not be changing amps.
Yes - agree 100% - select the speakers first.
Otherwise - you stand a good chance of selecting the wrong amp.
For example - I got Harbeth 30.1’s and 40.2’s thinking they would sound great with my tube amps. They didn’t. Then found that Harbeth recommends only select SS amps to drive them to there full potential - and typically shows them with Hegel amps. Got the Hegel H590 integated - voila - it totally transformed the Harbeths to some of the best sound available. Would have sold them otherwise.
The Hegel H390 and H590 are outstanding with the right speakers (eg. Harbeths, etc.)
The McIntosh MA252 or MA352 hybrid amps also do well with Harbeths - superb actually.
The same is true with Maggies - only a great SS amp drives them to their full potential.
On the other hand Proacs love Line Magnetic tube amps! Also superb.
Very efficient speakers can mate well with tube amps.
So decide on your speakers first and then find the optimum electronics to drive them!!!
I apologize. I thought you had the KEFs. If not that then I recommend your Silverline S15s. I know these speakers are really good. You will need some nice stands to get them at the right level. Here is a Silverline link:http://www.soundstagenetwork.com/revequip/silverline_sr15.htm
Next I would get a REL T9i sub= $1500. Later I would tell you to get two. I would tell you to get two now but your budget is needed on the int. amplifier.You can go with the Hegel 120 and buy two REL subs but you miss out on the better DAC and almost triple the power in the Hegel390 over the DAC/ amp in the Hegel120. Finally is the NAD M33. This is $5000 and would leave you a few bucks for stands. Just so you know BlueSound is a great streamer with the right DAC. The better the DAC the better it sounds. Hegel play down to 2 ohms. My local Hifi store sells the NAD and Hegel but not the Rel. Just so you know.. the difference between the older T9 and the T9i are which driver is active. The older ones fire down and the front is passive. The T9i is front firing and down driver is passive. Both are great but you will want to get two in the end. If you cannot find two matching older ones get one new one and add a second one later when the budget opens up. This setup will be for a long time. Maybe 20years. The DAC in the Hegel well outperforms the NAD M33 DAC. This is where I have been buying my gear for over 20 years. https://holmaudio.com/
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