Just a note on a experiment that I have been working on.
Luxman Built several Hybrid Integrated amplifiers that use tube in the preamp area and SS in the amp.
This is a good less expensive way to see the benefit of this type of combination with Polk speakers as well as A pair of Klipsch KLf
30's I recently brought back from the dead.
We all have different listening taste. And getting bass response out of a polk speaker somtimes seems to be a challange with a amp rated 100 watt or less. The other area is mids and highs.
With my SDA2a , I have never lacked on the top end, it was the low end. I dont like to have to crank up tone controls either.
As I mentioed before, Luxman Made the LV-105U and another model the starts out a-491 and lower. I took a chance and bought the A-491 versus the LV-105U because it was newer and
seemed to be rated a little higher in output power.But make no mistakes both units are worth thier stock. Retail price of 1200 and 1000 made them a little more expensive newer . I paid 320.00 for the A-491 and have seen the LV-105U go foe as much as 340.00 to as little as 200.00. The Luxman build is excellant.
Overall I acheived my goal of enjoying more of a warm tube sound and kept the SS amp section to drive those passive raditors on my SDA2a.
Lets not for get our single source and cables.
I avdvocate the used of Cambridge Auidio 640c CD Player.
I bought this used for 390.00. Included in the buy was a 100.00 isolation platform made by Cambridge Audio. So really I have about a 320.00 investment in the used CD Player.
I bought a after market VAN DEN HUL Power cord for 125.00, retails for 400+. I also Bought Van Den Hull Hybrid MKII interconnects for 60.00 for 1.5 meter.
MIT has good speaker cables but I also used monster cable in this application.
The over all effect is excellant and I did it on a budget.
SDA2a 250.00 local Pawn 8/10condt.
Used Cambridge 640c CD Player for @ 320.00
Luxman A-491 rated 90 watts per channel for 340.00
cables and power cord 185.00
And thats @1095.00 "WHAT A BUDGET SYSTEM"
I Listen to 70's and 80's rock , Jazz and some Blues.
Pesonal favorites on this set up are Police"Sincronicity", Steve miller Band "Fly Like An Eagle, Wes Montgomery "BUMPIN" and
"Muddy Waters" tribute .
This system also rocks My other favorite set of speakersare Klipsch KLF-30, tipping the scales over 100pds + eack. Since they are so efficent , they rock my 20X25 Den at the 10:00 Position , I have to get up and stand back alittle.
My opnion is: "that in order to truely appreciate all types of music and recording formats (IE: CD, Records or tape) "its good to have different types of speakers in your system. One Pair to Rock out on to AC/ DC and another to enjoy Neil Young and Clapton on..
But Now Thats Just My opinion
Most of this was purchased off AUDIOGON.
Best place to make a second hand purchase for me.