Never heard any of the Quad electronics; although, I had an early FM4 several years back that I liked very much. Also, heard the ESL63's once thru 50 watt tube monoblocks and they were indeed very nice.
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I bought a Quad 33/303 combo in 1971 and I still have it (it has been refurbished twice in th emeantime). The Q303 is now in semi retirement (i.e. on loan to my son to drive my old desktop LS3/5a speakers) as I replaced it with a refurbished Quad 606-2. After a move to a bigger house and after replacing my old ELS 57s with the less efficient Quad 2805s I decided I needed more power (and more watts do indeed sound better). The desktop system in my study uses a refurbished Quad 405-2 to drive a pair of Harbeth P3ESRs that replaced the original LS3/5a.
I picked up a Superphone Rev Basic at a high end dealer in Grand Haven Mi around 1990. It replaced the Luxman. That with the Yamaha B1 amp running epos 14 speakers really sounded good for what I had into them. I was using an Empire Troubadour turntable at that time with a grado signature cartridge on a black widow arm. Odd combination, but it worked.
Boxer - mine was an early Jeff Korneff 6bq5 int amp, Jeff didn't even want me calling it a Korneff as his Korneff 45 amps were much different in build quality from his earlier stuff.....I loved it though and thought it was terrific.
I heard Lowther's once at a show and didn't care for them. They sounded too bright. I once heard a pair of Epos ES-11's at Sound by Singer years ago being played on an Adcom 545 amp and it sounded wonderful.
I haven't had too many SS preamps either. The Superphone Rev Basic Dual Mono was a really nice sounding preamp though.
I've had great luck with a tube preamp and SS amp but am curious to hear what a tube amp and SS preamp would sound like.
bdp - that's been since 1976, and actually system #6 I had for 5 years, but systems #7-13 I went through in about 6-7 months and then I got out of audio completely for about 4 years.
In 1993, my daughter was born and I had these ProAc Studio 1's on spiked stands and I knew it was only a matter of time when she started crawling that I had to get rid of those speakers. At that time, I met somebody who was changing gear all the time and I traded the ProAc's for his Paoli monoblocks. He then traded me the Paoli's and some $$ for the cj MV50 and then the cj + some cash for the Music Reference RM9 and really couldn't afford either at the time, so I traded the RM9 for an AMC CVT3030 + CD6. I then got sick of audio and with a little one, it just wasn't important at all.
Four years later, we moved into another home and i wanted to get another system, so I purchased Rob Doorack's (the reviewer from Listener magazine) Creek 5050.
i tend to change more often when I have solid state gear and when I have tubes, tend to keep it a lot longer......
+1 on the Korneff amp! They are great products. I run Lowther speakers with an REL sub. The Lowthers demand quality low powered amps, as they are ruthless with anything even marginal. I have a Korneff single ended amp that powers them (currently trying some Valvet single ended SS amps with them, but it's to early to tell if they'll stay). Prior to the Lowthers I was running Epos speakers. Had several amps go across them. The best were Audio Research D40 & Yamaha B1 amps. Very different amps as one (the Yamaha) is solid state & the Audio Research is tubed. In the end I preferred the tubes for their 3d ability. I was just starting my audiophile journey back then so also had several preamps. Never cared for the solid state ones although Stan Warrens designs were pretty good. Tried a SS Mac preamp once (don't remember which one) & hated it. Same with Luxman at the time. Ended up with a Melos 222 which I'm still using today. In regard to analog, I really think the Rega 300 arm was way overstated in the audiophile world. Bought an old Victor arm (from the 80's) for about the same money & it absolutely blew it away. Replaced the Victor with a Polestar arm which is very understated in regard to reviews but to my ears about as neutral as they get. Very impressed with it. I've had several cartridges over the years. The standouts were dynavector karet & Clearaudio's MC concept. Denons flagship & the Benz L2 were also good but paled in comparison to the other two mentioned. I haven't gotten into the digital high end world but am impressed with the measly priced Parasound ZDAC. It appears that digital has made some considerable leaps in sound quality since the late 80's so will probably put some effort to that at some point in the future. That's it for now.