You must be the ONLY person that's ever returned a 120 SET Control Amp......Great Sound.
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The Set control amp 120 produces a fine detailed sound and all the other things the reviews have stated. I returned it because it's not the right amp for me or perhaps it didn't pair well with any of my 4 pairs of speakers. Klipsch Forte 3, Kg 1.5, Monitor Audio Bronze 2, and Ascend Acoustic's Sierra towers with raal ribbon tweeters.
Frank and the rest of the folks at AVA were kind and gracious and made the return easy.
frank uses salks, among others, i believe
i think frank’s gear is clean and clear, extended on both extremes, not lean not bloated, not too forward but certainly not laid back
should go well with many speakers... pick ones with sound character suiting your tastes and the amp should make the speaker deliver its basic character without imposing its own sound much if at all
Hmmm... I own a AVA SET 120 which is the amplifier part of the Control Amp. The preamp part is mostly passive IIRC, so I doubt that is adding much coloration. Your note suggests that the amp is bright, which I don't find at all. Looking at your speakers, they are known to be a bit bright and detailed - I suspect the AVA SET which has good extension and is pretty neutral (Frank says ruler flat - I would say just a hint of warmth in the mids and a little sweetness on top) may be just revealing more than your previous amp.
You don't give a budget, but I currently use Dynaudio Excites 34s with the AVA. I expect any of the Dyn's would work well. Elac probably would also be a good match given your predilections.