I don't know if it is enough power, but VAC makes an integrated amp with phono inputs. You could also just get the audio research 20 preamp and use the built in phono, but you would still have the amps, so not as tidy.
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Hi Chris, the MkI Sasha's they are a pig to drive and need current, and the Gryphon Diablo Integrated looks to me as though it will do that job much better that your AR Ref-150 can, this is maybe why you liked it so much.
As the Gryphon can do 250Wrms into 8ohm and 800Wrms into 2 ohms, which says to me it has bi-polar output transistors just what the Sasha's need, it can push good amounts of current into the Sasha's low impedances.
Don't compare it to the Perreaux 2150B as they are Mosfet output transistors and would have a hard time to do any where near those sorts of figures that the Diablo can do.
I think you will hear a big difference in the bass where the Sasha's load is the worst (3 ohms and –43° phase angle) and they dip even further to 2ohms but the phase angle is no so bad at that frequency.
If "tube magic" is what you're somehow after, without wanting to go with tubes, I'm not so sure bi-polar driven amps is the best solution - generally speaking. I'd probably keep the sonic signature as a main priority, and then consider your grounds from here. Mosfet amps is what I'd look into to begin with, and there are likely many candidates which should face no difficulties in driving your Sasha's.
Wanting to simplify ones setup is certainly something I can relate to (as an outset), but in your case I'd be careful no to throw out the baby with the bathwater, so to speak, "just" for the sake of simplicity. Again: I'd hold the sonic signature as a main priority, and then see if there are any integrated solutions that could accommodate your needs.
Never having fully understood the lust for tube sound, I will nonetheless suggest the Jeff Rowland Design Group's Continuum S2 integrated amplifier. It is powerful, compact, beautiful and delicious. I was heavily influenced by Roy Gregory's review prior to my purchase and have found no area where I would contradict him during my 10 weeks of constant use.
So, while I cannot assert that it would please you, I can confidently insist that you will find it a worthy candidate if you trouble yourself to investigate.
I, too, felt the need to simplify several years ago and I went with active speakers. Absolutely no regrets. I can't imagine ever owning a passive speaker again.
The active speakers I'm now using are K+H O300D: http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/Oct04/articles/kh300d.htm
They've been upgraded to these: http://www.neumann-kh-line.com/neumann-kh/home_en.nsf/root/prof-monitoring_studio-monitors_nearfield-monitors_KH310A
"If "tube magic" is what you're somehow after, without wanting to go with tubes, I'm not so sure bi-polar driven amps is the best solution - generally speaking. I'd probably keep the sonic signature as a main priority, and then consider your grounds from here. Mosfet amps is what I'd look into to begin with, and there are likely many candidates which should face no difficulties in driving your Sasha's."
I agree. A mosfet amp would probably be a better choice. I think Pass does the best job with Mosfet's.
I think over time, once you get past the visual aspect of
several high end pieces sitting in your rack and wonder if one
box can deliver a satisfying presentation you are already on
the road to simplifying. I have done this myself but I didn't
sell off the separates, I stored them in my closet just in
case I ever change my mind.
I had a similar desire last year, I had a Bat 52se and ARC ref 2 phono. I managed to audition several alternatives and ended up with a used Dartzeel NHB 18 with built in phono.
I have always liked tubes however the Dart improved on the sound of my ARC BAT combo. It has reduced the box count and I no longer have to fiddle around with tubes.