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40+ watts SET, cost is not a problem
Having heard multiple Berning amps, they ultimately sound a bit sterile to me because of the switch mode power supply. If an audio designer can't even hear the basics of music and figure out what is lost with a switching PSU and just uses it for s... 
40+ watts SET, cost is not a problem
@atmasphere , the listening distance is indeed near field (6-7 feet from the plane of the speakers). However, I do understand your point of these speakers needing a lot of power. Why do you suggest Class D and not A, AB ?  
40+ watts SET, cost is not a problem
@larryi I dont have any particular need for the remote. Considering that we will go with a Gaku-on, what is critical is a well matched preamp which doesnt short change or create any sonic anomaly (due to character mismatch). Many people say it is ... 
40+ watts SET, cost is not a problem
Has anyone here heard the Wavac preamps? If I go for SET, I am strongly considering AN (UK) Gaku-on but I don't like AN preamps. They are way too colored and even slow. I have owned M6 and M8. Sold them both because of their colored and slowish (... 
40+ watts SET, cost is not a problem
@charles1dad I conquer with you completely. There is something so natural about the way SET present music. What it does with distortion is true and theoretical but it must be preserving something vital to make music sound so "right". Having said ... 
40+ watts SET, cost is not a problem
@atmasphere @charles1dad @jond and others, it seems people are not warming up to the idea of SET here. And also there seems to be very few seriously good tried and tested choices beyond 25 watts. So what are some really good options for push-pull ... 
40+ watts SET, cost is not a problem
@larryi when you refer to gaku-on, are you suggesting Kondo or AN UK? Secondly, which other tube amp (non-SET) would you suggest with at least 80-100 watts which have top tier sound?  
40+ watts SET, cost is not a problem
So you want an SET amp? These typically have output impedances over 1 ohm and higher. Due to interaction with speaker impedance the result is a non-flat frequency response (Ohm's Law). The typical SET amp acts as a tone control as it tracks the s... 
Thoughts on the Linn LP12 turntable
LP12 is like a traditional tube EL34/Kt88 tube. Some dismiss it as old school while others consider it musically charming and relevant.  I have heard LP12 sound very ordinary and very awesome. Many modern TTs have very low (CD like?) noise floor... 
My experience with the First Watt F7
Those who get "flow" will immediately recognised the lack of it, others won't. Such is the nature of this parameter. SETs do it the best because it is.provides the simplest path to the signal. Interestingly this is true for both tubes and SS based... 
Tannoy Turnberry Gr
Hi Oleg, I am also a Tannoy guy. It is a superlative speaker for all kinds of music listening and genres. But there is always this issue with Tannoy, whether to with a low power sweet amp or a mid-high power muscle amp. It can play well with both... 
Thoughts on the Linn LP12 turntable
@pindac , everything was same as far as I remember except, the Linn was paired with its own Urika phono and Avid was paired with Avid Pulsare 2 phono. Also the tonearms were both SME but Linn had its own Ekos SE tonearm made by SME and Avid had an... 
Thoughts on the Linn LP12 turntable
In a shootout at one of the London's audio store the fully kitted LP12 bested an Avid Acutus. Many listeners in the room preferred the LP12. So it is not an easy TT to dismiss even in the latest context  
Thoughts on the Linn LP12 turntable
And it is also true that an LP12 can sound very ordinary to outstanding depending on the way it is kitted out and setup  
Thoughts on the Linn LP12 turntable
Some of the most musical sonics from a TT setup, I have experienced with an LP12. Not the most accurate but not too off to sound wrong. The ones I liked were fitted with Aro/ Cirkus/ Lingo2/ Helikon and another one with the latest SME/Keel/Radikal...