I should add that I would like a more liquid tube like sound. However I do not think any tube amps would be up to the task of driving my Hawks. I would prefer to stay with an integrated amp.
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If you can get a Parasound to home audition then sure give it a try, but to buy it sight unseen, well it sounds like you have a pretty nice amp now it may not be a significant upgrade. Sometimes there isn't more, or if there is then it may be a bigger investment than you're ready to make. One thought the Nordost Red Dawns are nice cables but can sound a bit relentless, maybe a change in cabling could warm up the sound a bit? Take your time and do some listening but that looks like a sweet little system you've put together. Happy listening!
There is a Parasound A23 integrated amp, 160 wpc 8 ohm and 240 wpc 4 ohm 45 amp peak power that I would consider buying. Would that be an upgrade or just a lateral move?Couple of things.
Those are not the specs of an A-23. Its best to use the RMS ratings when making comparisons. The A-23 is actually spec’d at 125 wpc into 8; 225 into 4. Your Atoll is 100 wpc into 8; 140 wpc into 4. This is really negligible as your must double the wattage to attain just a 3 DB increase in volume. So while the A-23 would be no louder, it could sound a bit different due to its current. If that is truly greater too because we don’t know the current rating on the Atoll. With its twin toroidal transformers, it could be the same.
The A-23 is a very good amp for the money but so is your Atoll 100se. The dealer was wise in recommending it to you and you state that you love the way your system sounds. What more could you ask for?
This would be a lateral move at best and you would gain nothing.