smrex13

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Lightning quick DYNAMIC amp in the under $1000 range
For half your budget you can get the NuForce STA200.  It's got high gain, so a passive preamp might be best, or at least a preamp with relatively low (or adjustable) gain.   
Is There a Speaker for Me/Impossible Requirements? (budget: $2000)
Since you like the Spendors, you would probably love the Harbeth P3esr. 
Update: Still Audio EL84 Integrated and three speaker pairings
Mike,Thanks for the update on the Contrasts.  I would imagine that a tube pre in the mix would make a nice difference.  I have a Sys as well, although it's not in my current system.  When I used it before with solid state amplification, I was impr... 
Update: Still Audio EL84 Integrated and three speaker pairings
Mike - I'd be really interested to find out the results of the test track on the Contrast speakers if you do the experiment.  I've finally admitted to myself that I need more than 10wpc, so I'm going to put the Still up for sale.  Tough decision, ... 
Update: Still Audio EL84 Integrated and three speaker pairings
@audiojerry Unfortunately, due to a couple of curious small dogs, floor standing speakers are not a possibility.   
Nuforce STA200
No remote on the Sys.  It about as basic as you can get, but it works well. 
Update: Still Audio EL84 Integrated and three speaker pairings
@mesch Mike - thanks for the update on the Contrasts.  I imagine that the Contrast Model One (with the 5.5" woofer) is not designed to have any of the boosted upper bass that makes small speakers sound larger than they really are.  I'd bet that me... 
Update: Still Audio EL84 Integrated and three speaker pairings
@mesch Mike - I agree.  Nearly every speaker is rated a few db higher than they actually measure, if you go by reviews that provide measurements, so the Model Ones are likely in the high 80s.  I'm really starting to lean towards a good tube preamp... 
Update: Still Audio EL84 Integrated and three speaker pairings
@mesch Thanks for your detailed review of the Contrast Audio speakers with your various amps.  It confirms my suspicion that they need significantly more power than I was giving them.  I certainly couldn't get anywhere near 90db out of them.  But ... 
Looking for the best Preamp with a phono circuit built in
The Croft pre with phono is amazing, if you can do without a remote.   
Seek non-ported speakers - $700 to $1500 To stop the port-itis in my room!
Harbeth P3s or the Spendor A1 are both sealed and sound fantastic. 
Still Audio EL84 Integrated Amplifier - my initial impressions
@freediver Good timing - I have a pair of the Carbon 7SE mk.2 that I'm demoing right now.  The amp drives them fine, but my initial impressions is that the Carbons are extremely smooth, but compared to the Contrast Audio there is a lot of detail l... 
HELP ... Need Advice/Recommendations on Tube Amp
Keep in mind that the Pulsar has an efficiency of only 83.5db. The load is not particularly demanding, so a tube amp would work ok. However, you may have limitations in ultimate volume level, especially when compared to your 200+ wpc solid state amp. 
Rega Elicit R with Harbeth HL5 Plus loudness/drive issue.
Alan Shaw from Harbeth doesn't actually say that any amplifier above 25w will drive the HL5s with no problems.  In fact, he often recommends at least 100wpc as a starting point for his speakers.  The specs may say 25wpc as a minimum, but that's on... 
Still Audio EL84 Integrated Amplifier - my initial impressions
@ghasley Thanks for the recommendations on tubes.  I guess my dilemma is that I very much like the Contrast Audio speakers and the Still EL84.  Trying the solid state amp showed me that the speakers have more than enough bass for my room.  So, I'm...