Tube Integrated or SS for Usher Be 718's?
Am a newbie who recently purchased a pair of Usher Be 718's. Would like to add some sort of tube-like quality even if i buy ss, most likely with a tube dac.
Most likely looking at integrated due to budget concerns. Budget is $1100 to $1600 (used or dealer demo/closeout only), although will go as high as $2000 for something really special.
Would really like "excellent quality" sounding amp to not only match the high quality sonics of the Ushers, but use their full potential.
Usher Be 718's are relatively hard to drive, 87 db at 1 watt. Concerned about using low watt tubes, possible poor bass response and the difficulty of biasing and maintenance.
Have been looking at the Musical Fidelity A5 or A308 for ss, but somewhat clueless when it comes to tubes.
Would prefer a tube integrated that is about "the same level" audio quality wise as the A308 OR A5.
Heard about the following tube integrateds:
Cary Sli-80 ($2300)
Jadis Reference ($1800)
Rogue Tempest ($1300)
Prima Prologue 2 ($1200)
Cayin A70 ($1300)
Consonance Cyber 100 ($1200, dealer closeout) (40 or 50 watts)
Consonance Reference 80 ($1500, dealer closeout) (70 watts)
Ming Da ($1200, new)
Pacific Valve ($1200, new)
Also get the impression that the Consonance integrateds and Ming Da and Pacific Valve are a level lower than what i am aiming for-- is this the case or do they have similar audio quality to the Primaluna and the Cayin?
Anyone have much exp comparing the Ming Da, Pacific Valve or Consonance with the higher level amps? Consonance dealer is available somewhat locally-- about 2 hours.
Finally, am i just as well getting a consonance or Ming Da vs. a Rogue, Primaluna or even the Jadis or Cary? Are the Chinese manufacturers really putting out equal products at lower prices? Have noticed that they don't have great resell values--
Which would provide a better audio experience, a Primaluna Prologue 2 or Cayin A70 or a Musical Fidelity A308?
Or would the Jadis or Cary be a "higher Level" sound than the Musical Fidelity amps?
I've read about the generalities-- tubes will be a more lush, lifelike sound, while SS will have better bass, and more quick and likely detailed.
I am also a complete newbie. Never biased before, don't know anything about it. Will i be just as well with a Musical Fidelity and run everything through a TADAC (tube DAC)?
Plan to purchase a DAC, a TADAC (Tube Audio Design) or a Bel Canto DAC2.
While i am at it, plan to purchase a speaker cable for about $200-400 and interconnects for about $200-$400 as well (used), will this price point be sufficient to bring out the true details while using a great amp and the Ushers?
Thanks for the help.