Good tube amp needed for Polk Audio SDA 1B's
My Home Theater Adventure
I'm no audiophile, but I do take the time to do my homework and since time and $$ is in short supply these days I'm appealing to the experts here at CAM.
I just acquired a flawless set of Polk Audio SDA 1B's and I'd really like to break in the the alternative universe of Tube heaven from an entry level. So, if someone is so inclined to steer me in the right direction or has an offer that could help me on the path of tube education, I'd really appreciate it.
I'm not sure it is even possible but I'd like to keep the price around $500 and be able to actually wake these SDA 1B's up.
Note: I currently have Yamaha HTR-6180 driving the SDA 1B's. Sound quality is ok I guess and when using the 2 Channel stereo it starts to choke at about half throttle. Distortion seems to start creeping in. Of cource, friends seem to not hear it but their ears are trained to cheap crap. The dynamics are just not there. Years ago I would often stop by a friends audio store after hours just to site and listen to some vinyl through a Luxman tube amp while sipping on martini's. Thinking back to that warm fuzzy feeling I would get from that combination (minus the martini's) I can safely say I'm not there yet but still long for the day to go back in time.
I'm picking up a killer deal on a a set of RTA 11T's too so I'll eventually need an amp for them as well. Budget $500
Still looking for a crazy deal on a center channel that matches well with the Polks and a mono block tube to drive it. I suspect it would probably end up being a custom built oddity though as I have yet to hear highs as silky as the SDA 1B's in my price range.
What ever amp is suggested for the RTA 11T's I'd like to duplicate it because I have a set of custom made speakers for rears that were practically given to me. The specs and sound is very Polk-ish and were build to be driven by a tube amp from what I've been told.
The final part of this equation will eventually be a Martin Logan Depth as the sub.
Something to pull it all the audio together. No need for video processing.