A Pass XA-250.8 should do nicely. Mate with an ARC Ref 5SE pre and use OCC copper or silver wire.
12 responses Add your response
Look for an amp having high damping ratio specs.
The Mac MC60 amp has a damping ratio of 12. The HK Citation II amp has a damping ratio of 18. These damping ratio specs are typical of tube amps.
The Pass amps have far better damping ratio specs, being 150 or above.
I used a Spectron Audio Digital One amp to drive my Dunlavy SCIVa’s. John Ulrick of Spectron Audio told me John Dunlavy voiced his SCIVa’s and others in his lineup with Spectron Audio amps (among others). Those amps typically have a damping ratio of 500.
If John Dunlavy used Spectron amps for his development evaluations then I'd be surprised. That's not to say it didn't happen, just surprising if it did.
I owned Duntech Princess speakers for 19 years. They were the older sibling to the DAL SC4 and 4a. I enjoyed a few discussions with John at CES demos. He did like some tubes as he utilized ARC electronics for demos. I know he also admired Adcom as an example of performance per dollar. He revealed he was trying Adcom modules in development of a tri-amped self-powered model.
I experimented with several different amps over my time with the Princesses. Toward the end of that ownership I found my best choice, the Parasound JC-1 monos. From what I've read, the DAL models may have been more efficient than their comparable Duntech siblings, but I would still look for something close to at least 200 wpc with Pass. Dynamics can be startling but you need current to realize that.
Be a long, long time before we’ll see X250.8’s for $3K but I’m waiting too so in the meantime my X250 plugs away making beautiful music. Nothing wrong with the original X250 and if you can find one it’s within your budget. Had a X250.5 at home for an eval and it is a better amp than the X250 but it was small and I couldn’t justify making the trade for the difference. X250.5’s pop up time to time but going to be upper $3K to lower $4K I think. If you want to experience a Pass the X250 is a safe place to start and if you don’t like it, it will resale quickly and probably not cost you anything.
robmag, for a year, in my 2nd sound room, I used a Crown Macro Reference Studio amp ( the home version which I owned) driving a pair of Sonus Faber Extremas ( the ones with the Kef B139 in the rear ), which were on loan to me from a friend. I thought the combo was excellent. Many components changed during that year in the system, ( including different amps ) but the Crown / S.F.s stayed strong and true in getting the job done. Enjoy ! MrD.