What about Hybrids?
- 29 posts total
- 29 posts total
One other option I would put out for consideration (no tubes though) would be a Cambridge Evo all in 1 integrated amp. This is a very stylish, functional, compact and wonderful sounding swiss army knife for reasonable cost (by high end standards at least) that has everything one needs to explore any modern hifi source material from phono to tape to Roon and other streaming approaches that one might choose and might be a way to possibly explore some new digital streaming horizons if of any interest.
I have been running an Evo 150 for almost 2 years now and it is top notch in regards to clarity without ever being fatiguing...which to me is the grand prize. IT also has opened up fantastic newer music sources beyond my vinyl and digital music collections like versatile high res streaming via Roon and Qobuz.
Really appreciate the feedback so far. It seems Octave and LTA are both solid options. I’m curious if anybody has experience with Audio Hungary? I’ve read a few reviews but haven’t seen much user feedback for them.
elliott, Last I knew Cayin had some issues going on far as service and parts availability.
mapman, A switch to a pair of Fritz is very likely in the not to distant future. Matching the new amp to the Totems isn’t too important to me considering. Spatial Audio is intriguing to me but not sure about their fit in my 9x11 room.
jeff, I’d be open to a hybrid but the few I’m aware of don’t excite me a whole lot.
Bryland, I have the Audio Hungary a50i. You should be able to pick one up under $4000 used. I owned a LTA preamp and thought it was very nice but would not call it as tubey as I tend to prefer.
I also own some modern Conrad Johnson and prefer the Audio Hungary. The AH bass is some of the best I’ve heard coming from a tube integrated amp. It’s deep, big, solid, has tone and moves air, very impressed, maybe partially due to it being class A. The detail and information it pulls is just as impressive as the bass.
The amp is very fast and does not stumble no matter how complex the music is. It also plays every type of music you throw at it, the CJ can’t do that. Got to say this is my favorite integrated amp I’ve ever owned, For me this one is a keeper. Good luck on your search. I’ve always felt the preamp section in integrated amps are the weak link not so with the AH from what I’m hearing.