Which Solid State amplifier would you recommend for my budget?

I have a Conrad Johnson lp70 for my Acoustats and would like to pick up a good SS amp. My budget is about $2,500-3,000.

Jeff Rowland 525

Jeff Rowlan Model 5

Threshold s/5000e

Krell  KSA-250

Thank you in advance.


I still own a Rowland 5 but moved it to my AV system as it wasn't as smooth as the CJ Premier 11a I now use.

Agree with the Belles recco, and some of the older Classe that is actually Class A are really excellent

I have the Nelson Pass Nakamichi PA –7 for sale. Hard to beat. Built like a tank. Sounds fantastic at 200 wants per channel. Nashville $1350

I own a recapped vintage  Conrad Johnson preamp.  It matches in perfect synergy  with a Benchmark AHB2 amp. Remarkable sound with classical and rock.

I would recommend a PS Audio BHK 250.  Tube input stage, 500 watts into 4 ohms.  It’s a very satisfying amp.

Had the Krell KSA 200s and I would characterize it as “illuminating “.

I woukd suggest the Set 400 by Van Alstein. Alot of bang for your buck at $2K!. 200 wpch in 8 ohms as well. A lot of clean, dynamic sound.