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    Default solid state and tube

    IF you were going to add tubes which way would you go and why?


    tube preamp with solid state power amp

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    solid preamp with tube power amp


    what do you think?
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    Tube preamp with solid state power amp.

    Or you could add a tube source.

    Either way it is cheaper and easier to get a good tube pre that will work with your system as opposed to a tube amp.

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    same here, tube preamp solid amp

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    do you still have to bias a preamp?
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    It depends on a lot of factors, Jim. Type / impedance / sensitivity of speaker, power output wanted, available speaker placement room, floor standers, bookshelf's, etc.

    A good friend of the forum always says "Piss poor planning leads to a piss poor performance". Catch my drift. At least you are gonna be starting from scratch. My advice; don't jump into anything real quick, and spend some time doing a lot of research and asking questions such as this. There are many choices ahead.

    You also have to throw into the mix that our tastes my not be what your tastes are. Can you describe to the best of your ability what it is that you are looking for in a system?
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    Good used tube pre,, ss amp,IMO a great combination. If you see an ELP pop up--grab it.
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    this system is going to be for comfortable listening nothing crazy loud. using lsi7's so I want 150-200 watts per channel . I found an adcom GFA-555 for $325, now I want to find a tube or solid state preamp for $400-$500. but would like to try the tube preamp to see if its for me

    I want what everyone wants. To close my eyes and feel like I'm right in the recording studio with the band

    running a cd player and phono and have my satillite hooked up for the music channels

    room is 20x18 and full of furniture and equipment with a lanolium (sp)floor. but I have an area rug



    SO YES GUYS I'VE FINALLY STARTED PURCHASING LOL
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    Quick ?, if this is for "comfortable listening nothing crazy loud" why on earth do you need so much power?

    I had the 7s running off ~15wpc for a while and could get it quite loud, with 65wpc it would go to uncomfortably loud.

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    I want the wattage for clarity as well. THese speakers are power hungry and I want to hear everything they will give me. Also later on if I change the speakers out I'm ready power wise
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    No matter what else I recommend a tube pre. I think the pre is the most important part of the chain because it is adding a lot of gain at a very small level. That is harder to do correctly than anything else and tubes are up to the job. I also like tube amplifiers for different reasons. (They just sound good). :)
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    I'm running a CJ PV14L tube preamp (Mullards) along with Van Alstine OmegaStar SS amp & the Van Alstine Ultra DAC (hybrid). Wonderful combination. My motto...if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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    i Love This Hobby
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    I like the $400-$500 tubed preamp with SS power amp, but only if you spend enough to get a quality power amp. Look into Parasound, Marsh, Belles, Odyssey, ATI, Gemstone, Classe, Krell, Emotiva, Aragon and even Outlaw etc. as starting places.

    The voicing of a nice tubed pre can be wasted if cheap power is added.

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    jim, have you thought about a 50 to 100 watt tube integrated amp?
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    Grab an NAD c272 amp, that thing has more power than you will probably ever need, yet it measures about as well as many of the brands one of the previous poster has recommended.

    Tubed pre to NAD poweramp, that to me, seems like a winning budget combo.

    Like, try to find a bottlehead foreplay preamp to go with some good old SS muscle.

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    Your looking for a bottle to use as fore-play with a preamp with good muscles????

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    FWIW,, there is a Dodd Audio,reference preamp at AC for 1750.00,,maybe a little out of your price range,but nonetheless a sweet pre.:)
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    Hey george just a little outta my range :) its gorgeous tho
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