I thought about doing, the same thing, with my Majik! I think of older ARC, or CJ? I believe, somebody else will come forward, that actualy "mixed" the two? G. Luck!
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good idea-yust the ticket. but, i'm not sure about your price-point - may have to spend a bit more. i 1st tried the rogue 99 - great sound, but poor bass - i tink the impedance input of my x-over ( i run subs-n-sats) was too low, at 25kohms. your 10kohms will be even worse. so, i tried a cary slp98, & a melos music director. well, the cary smoked the rogue in *all* areas, but the music director is simply amazing! amps consist of a pair of electrocompaniets bi-amping my monitor speakers, & a pair of bridged adcom gfa-555's driving my subs. now for shameless plug: wanna buy a cary slp98l, perfect condition? ;~) doug. (ps - i had a linn kairn w/brilliant p/s prior to my tube-foray).
i used to have a carver tfm35 that i used with a cal icon mk ii. i added cj's pv10al. it warmed the sound right up. and provided me with more detail and a better all around sound. i later used the pv10 with cj's mv55 when i decided to leave solid state. in short, a tube pre coupled with a solid state amp is a good idea in concept. listen to a few combos to insure the the execution comes off well. give the pv10 a listen. good luck.
Ssing2- I am using a BAT vk3i pre w/McCormack DNA 0.5 dlx. Line stage only but sounds great and superior to the ARC SP9 MKII hybrid pre, which is now parked while I decide whether to sell or use in a 2nd system in my office. However, ARC phono stage was excellent, so depends on your source. However, I agree with others that this is a good way to go and avoids the high cost of feeding tubes to a power amp.
I have a Golden Tube SEP1-se I use and bi-amp with an Adcom 535 and GFA545II. In my other system I have an Anthem Pre1l wich I have used with the Adcoms. It's a great preamp, and you could probably get a new one (there's still a few around) for $775, or s used one for $500. Stereophile liked this one.
Did the same, times two, really. I have an AH!Tjoeb and a VTL 2.5 running into a Bryston 4b-st amp. It sounds really swell. However, one thing that I have recently found to be a little more annoying than I initially gave it credit for is that I just can't seem to manage to get the tube rush down to a level that I like. (I've retubed the pre twice with allegedly fancy tubes). The Tjoeb is as quiet as a churchmouse, but the VTL is not. For most kinds of music that I listen to it is perfect, but I've found that, with a recent classical purchasing spree, although the dynamics are stunning, during the otherwise quiet times the tube rush can be noticable and annoying. Just my experience, and hopefully one that is remediable because the sound is otherwise very much to my liking, but possibly a valid consideration.
Hi Ssing; If you really want to stay within your $600-800. budget, the Sonic Frontiers SFL-1 with a a mullard tube is rich and warm, and is available used in your price range. The stock Sovtek tube makes this pre-amp much more neutral. Tube rolling is easy and inexpensive because it only has one tube. I happily used this pre-amp with a solid state McCormack amp for several years. Good Luck. Craig.
Ssing: I've usually used a tube front end and a SS amp combo for years. I trade my equipment off once a year or so (like most of us I suppose)and I'm turning over my AR LS-3 and replacing with my 5th Conrad Johnson tube preamp. The LS is incredibly fast and transparent and one of the most neutural ss preamps I've ever had and like it a lot. But the CJs' seem to breathe life into my system like no other tube preamp I've heard under $2000, and believe me, I've had many. I typically use a class "A" ss power amp because they just seem to get the phase and harmonics right while retaining a lot of air and 3-D space. While I can certainly get this with a tube amp, it has been my experience that while I get a nice richness in the bass, I can't get the control, bottom end punch or ultra low frequencies I require without re-mortgaging my house to buy a new high powered tube amp, or paying $500(or more)to retube a used one. Don't forget about interconnects too. As I'm sure your're aware, a great cable can really open up a system, just as a lousy one can turn great components from Hi-fidelity to walkie-talkie. Morbius
I have to thank all of YOU, for the advice! I will currently audition the used CJ pv-10, that i "borrowed" from my local dealer, just for about one week. I don't know if i will be able to come to definite conclusion but...? Also, the interconnect that he gave me is MIT Ythe Link 100! Thanks Again! Satwanth