Thinking of going to a tubed amp/pre: any ideas?
HI. I borrowed a Jolida SJ-202 in my system to give a tubed amp a try, and I really liked it! It was a little slower than my old C-J MF-2200 and PV10a combo, but very nice and holographic sounding-just as detailed and lush in the midrange, and a little better frequency extension.
My system consists of Soliloquy 6.3 speakers and an Arcam CDP. The Soliloquy's are great jazz speakers and efficient (89db, 8 ohms) and it was recommended by the Soliloquy manufacturer that I try out a cheaper Jolida tube amp and see if I like it. I was definitely happy with the results, and would possibly like to pursue a tube amp/preamp.
My budget would be $1000-1500 for used gear (either an integrated or seperates). What kind of upgrades would I see over the Jolida SJ-202 in this price range, and what are some models to check out? I like the sound of tubes, but don't want something excessively smooth, just smooth. I listed mostly to jazz and fusion jazz. I figure 40 watts should be plenty of power, as my speakers aren't very demanding. Thanks in advance!