What are your speakers? I think the Ref 300 MK I's are better than the Ref 600 MK I's, but not than the Ref 600 MK II's.
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Thanks for the reply, JTinn. My current speakers are the SoundLab U-1's, latest version. I love them. Which amp do you think would be the best match? What about the Ref 300 Mk II or the Ref 600 Mk III (aside from the additional cost, having no good way to hear them first, I worry about the FET's in their inputs....shades of SP-10/SP-11)? I listen to all types of music, from rock to classical. I normally chose to listen at levels that duplicate what one would hear at the same live event from a seat near the front. My room is relatively large with moderate sound absorbtion.
Thanks again for your advice, Jtinn. You don't per chance know of a good mint used pair with silver face plates do you (the pair currently listed on audiogon are partially updated Mk I's.....partially ??!!.....I've decided to pass on these and find a pair of original Mk II's)?
By the way, what do you know about the Svetlanna 6N1P tubes ARC is now using. I understand they are a high quality direct plug in substitute for a 6922 and are about half the price. I've also heard of a 6H23 also used as a direct plug in replacement for the 6922's. Do you have any experience with either of these?