How about Hyperion's tube mono amps?
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Hello there. I bought a pair of 938s a month ago and am running them with Consonance Cyber 845 monoblocks. 28 watts, SET. I have to say the sound is completely heavenly; it is butterly-smooth and extended, holographic, highs are shimmering, and bass is tight and natural. I experimented with bi-amping with a 240W Gallo solid-state amp on the woofers, but ultimately preferred it with the 845s full-range.
Even a puny 8W Dared SET amp drove the speakers with no strain or compression to good 85dB levels in a totally open space.
They are extremely SET-friendly, and designed for SET, but that said they do sound good with just about anything.
The 30W Red Wine Sig 30 is also a good match - actually extremely close in sound to the 845s - plenty of power. And quite cheap. No premap needed and no linestage of any kind needed if you're a one-source guy since this amp has a built-in stepped attenuator.
I have no problems whatsoever. Surprisingly, the bass is not bloomy at all. Maybe because I am sitting 40% along the long wall. In my previous place, I was sitting to the back wall and the bass was very bloomy. In fact, after over 1.5 months run-in, the bass on the speakers is beginning to sound more punchy. When I first received the speakers, I complained to the dealer that bass was almost missing. My current amp is a cheapo-sort of amp which I bought over 10 years ago; it is the weakest link in the system.
Agree with Ndeslions that cables are also important. I have the AU24 and they are wonderful.
I noticed that there is an importer in US that brings the Sovereign brand. These are the absolutely best transistor amplifiers in the planet. I own the Sovereign Director preamplifier and the Sovereign Power amplifier with my Hyperion 938 and I still haven't heard a system costing up to 100.000 Euros that can be compared with mine. You better have a listen soon....
No my friend I have absolutely no business relationship with Sovereign brand. I am located in Athens, Greece so I have no real financial interest about Sovereign sales in US. I just bought the Sovereign preamplifier (the Sovereign director) last week to combine it with the brand's cheapest power amplifier. I really believe Sovereign Director is the best preamplifier in the planet(together with the Tidal Preos). I also think these guys are a well hidden secret (even for the Europeans) so I honestly believe they can give Hyperion 938 users the chance to realise how really superior is their speaker to anything else out there. Only Tidal Contriva can safely beat the Hyperions in my opinion.... And the Sovereign is the best match I have ever heard them with (I have also tried Bryston, Primare, Holfi, Burmester 911 MK3, Wavac 805, Hyperion monoblocks,Symphonic Line)