As many of you know, I recently got my hands on a pair of SRS 1.2TLs to replace the ones I lost in a flood.
Now that I've had a chance to listen to these speakers with different preamps and amplifiers, I still have not been able to hear the sounds come out of these speakers the way they came out when I listened to them in beemers417's shop. They were hooked up to a single VTL (don't remember model) amp and sounded really great. While I am in no way saying that they don't sound great with my current equipment, I am saying that the sounds from the preamp (Jolida JD50A) and tube amp at beemers417's shop really made these speakers come alive.
Sounds like I've been chasing a natural high of some sort. Damn you beemers417!:D
Here is a list of the gear that I have used to listen to these speakers so far:
1. Carver CT-17 Preamp and TFM-55 Amp - The Sonic Holography does not sound that good with these particular speakers.
2. Jolida JD50A Preamp and A-760 Amp - I really enjoyed the sound from the Jolida Preamp compared to the CT-17 Preamp.
With this being said, if you were looking for a preamp and tube amp(s) to power your 1.2TLs, what would be your top choices based on a budget not to exceed $10,000? The room dimensions shall be 20 feet by 30 feet (ceiling height is 18 feet). Feel free to include hybrid preamp(s) and amp(s) as alternatives.