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Best Solid State Amp For 10k Or Less
If you must have SS amps.. I suggest you give the Bel Canto Evo a try.. This is a wonderful sounding amp for the $$$. Also check out the Llano trinity series amps. These amps will drive ANY load with ease yet the sound is delicate and musical. mike 
Tube Pre-amp beneficial?
A tube preamp will usually help warm up the sound. But not for some of the reasons stated on here. A tube preamp will not induce "glare" or etch the highs like SS. A tube pre-amp can be very transparent and not analytical. Some tube preamps do off... 
Burn-in time Vs. Getting used to a sound
I do believe it take some time for components to burn-in and sound as designed. It is very true for speakers. The surrounds and spyders on speakers are stiff when new. After several hours these parts loosen up and move more freely which usually op... 
EVo Proceed amp for Newform R645?
You need to listen for yourself.. Don't take someones elses advice.. each system is differnt and the final sound is subjective. I own the EVO and it is not as bright or sterile sounding as the HPA. The EVO is more natural sounding. How it will sou... 
Best speakers for 2A3 SET amplifier?
Trelja.. I agree with your comments. A 2A3 amp is best suited for horns or 100+db sensitive speakers. You will get sound from them, but you will not get the magic these low powered amps have to offer. I had a Cary 2A3 on my Vonschweikert VR-6's at... 
Tube Amps for Coincident Super Eclipse
Look on this site for a used Bel Canto SET40. 40 wpc of SET. More than enough to drive your speakers. I am currently running the SET40 with a pair of Vonschweikert VR-7's. The sound is wonderful.. all the virtures of low powered SET's but with eno... 
The fallacy of ac treatment
I have the 20amp Equitech ET2R with the "Q" option. and a digital isolation circuit. It runs totally cool and quiet even under full load. I am not puuting much of a load on it.. There is lots of headroom available and I have never heard any compre... 
The fallacy of ac treatment
There are several enhancements avaialable that DO improve the power we receive from the utility company. The PS units re-create power. I have a Balanced power isolation transformer that lowers the noise floor by 15db. I have heard for myself the d... 
bell canto evo200.0 and 4 ohm speakers ?
BIbloom.. it makes a difference with the Evo's. When you bridge them they are in differential mode. This lowers the noise floor even more. mike 
Single-ended amps with Martin Logans
you will never drive the ML's with 5 watts. That's not the way to use low powered SET. Try the Llano trinity amps. they are Single ended and use a tubed input sections. They can drive anytihng and sound wonderful! mike 
AES AE-3 Tube Pre-amp Anybody hear one?
I am building one for my son. I will let you know. It uses the same tubes as the SLP-98 but with a smaller PS. I heard from several others that it is a very good sounding pre. Make sure you get the shunt volume enhancement. It makes a big improvem... 
Best ss Line Level Preamp under $10K ??
Why not a tube linestage? They are easy to maintain and don't get hot? They also are more dimensional and natural sounding. I would recommend the Thor TA-1000. Write me if you want more info. mike 
Best Amplification for SACD?
What kind of sound do you have now? Bright, lean, dark.. Hard to say without knowing all the details. What about your room? What are you looking for? mike 
bell canto evo200.0 and 4 ohm speakers ?
Tough question.. I would suggest you get a home audition before you buy. It would also depend on room size and how loud you listen. Also the type of music. I have the Evo coming next week. My speakers are a nominal 6 ohm but do hit 4 ohms on low b... 
Preamp with deep soundstage suggestions
I owned the BAT VK-5i at one time and out of all the preamps I owned (several), it was the most 3-D with pinpoint imaging. Almost to the point of being distracting. I now own the Thor TA-1000 linestage. It has great depth and imaging and is 3-D, b...