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    Default Questions about Tube Amps...

    I am going to sell a bunch of equipment and get a tube amp finally but I am a total "Tube Newb". Since it is my first tube amp I have been doing a ton of research for awhile and now have some unanswered questions I was hoping some others here might know. Right now my current setup is not so great, too many components in the signal path. I am going to go to only 3 (I currently have 6), a DAC, Amp, and my speakers.

    I have already decided on a DAC and already have my speakers (Polk LSi25's) and now its down to the amp and thus my questions.

    How are the Jolida amps?

    I am looking for higher level used over new, any good reasons to buy new?

    I keep seeing only one input for each channel, do tube amps not need the ground?

    I am looking for 50-75 wpc amps @ 8 Ohms with balanced inputs as my DAC has balanced and since the LSi's are 4 Ohm I think am amp this size is plenty but is it?

    Am I being unrealistic to expect to find 50-75 wpc with balanced inputs used in the $1,000 range give or take a couple hundred?

    Thank you for your time.
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    I'd seriously consider a new Yaqin over a used Jolida, and I own a Jolida. 50 WPC is not hard to find for 5 bills (more or less) on a respectable push-pull EL-34 amp. I posted an eBay ad in another thread for the Yaqin MS-20L at $550. It is from the CA Yaqin dealer, their only NA dealer. Their build quality is great, they have a ton of models, and you can get a remote, something that might not be an option on older models. Their new prices are on par with used Jolida prices, which make them all the more appealing.

    You might also consider something like the Peachtree Nova. It's a hybrid amp with a built-in 32-bit Sabre DAC and runs around $700-800 used. It can be used as a pre, a DAC, or an all-in-one unit with 80 WPC. I've heard good things about it (though never heard it myself) and considered this as an option for myself. I plan on getting with PSOVLSK soon so I can get a feel for it's performance.
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    that balanced part you are talking about may cost you a pretty penny
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    i looked at the ayon line for balanced inputs/outputs. their triton 2 (125watts) and close to $10,000 is not balanced.
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    If I were in your situation, I'd look at tube pre amps instead. I find the LSi mates better with SS amps than tubes. I've tried several tube amps with my LSi9, but the best result was tube pre and ss amp. Just IMHO.
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    Thanks all and Organ this was suggested buy some others too and is now my decided path for now. So I'll stick with my SS amp and look for a decent tube buffer.

    DSkip - The Peachtree looks nice but my DAC is already en-route. I know the brand seems to catch flak often but I ordered the Xda-2 from Emotiva. Never owned anything from them but it looks nice and is much better than my current setup. For it having balanced outs and supporting 192 / 24 it looks like a good deal, plus it has a volume control with a remote which was a must for me.

    Ok, lunch ending, back to work...
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