I'm considering using a tube amp to drive my front mains in my HT set up. My front mains are SDA-2s and I would like a little more power when I do two channel listening. My HT amp is a Marrantz SR6200. I like the reciever, it's quiet, warm and sufficent power for most HT listening levels. I think the tube amp may give me a little better sound quality in the HT as well as quality and power in two channel mode. It would also allow my Marrantz to drive the center and two surround speakers a little easier.
I met a guy who use to own a high end audio store and he has some vintage tube amps. He asked me much I wanted to spent so I gave him a low price range ($550 or less) figuring I could always go higher if he didn't have much to offer, and to keep him from gouging me because of my inexperience with tube amps. He offered me the following for my original price range:
I did soe reasearch on the Scott 222. It has a 25 wpc rating, but it also has a .8% distoration, and a S/N ratio of about 80. I know that the wattage ratings are very different for tube amps so I need to do some listening to get a feel for the "amp""H.H Scott 222c Very Nice 8/10 w/ wood cabinet $425
H H Scott 222b w/ metal cab Nice 7/10 $375
Fisher X-101c New tubes, caps 8/10 $365
Magnavox Clones pr Mono amps w/ quad of 6V6 25wpc Very Nice $475
All of the above are in 100% good working order checked by a tech, all tubes tested etc.
Does anyone have any experience with these amps and can give me some advice or feedback on your experience?
My concern is that his amps my be valued more for their vintage collectability more than their audio performance.