What amplifier do you use with your Daedalus speakers?

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Re: What amplifier do you use with your Daedalus speakers?
« Reply #80 on: 1 Apr 2017, 11:09 pm »
Line Magnetic 219IA with a pair of Orpheus.

cheech

Re: What amplifier do you use with your Daedalus speakers?
« Reply #81 on: 19 Sep 2017, 01:01 am »
I just added a third amp into my system, a Finale Audio 7189 (2), 7189/El84 based tube push pull integrated amp- 20 wpc. Amp still needs additional hours of break-in but it easily drives my Argos V2s. Amp comes with NOS Russian 6N14N -EBs (7189a) , and new production JJ 5AR4 rectifier and 12ax7s. Once the amp breaks-in 75-100 hours (per Frank @ Finale) I will swap out the JJs with NOS 5AR4 & either NOS 12ax7's or 5751s.

rbbert

Re: What amplifier do you use with your Daedalus speakers?
« Reply #82 on: 19 Sep 2017, 01:43 pm »
Pass INT-60 with Ulysses, as noted recently in another thread here.  Still trying to keep the audio system simple  8)

cheech

Re: What amplifier do you use with your Daedalus speakers?
« Reply #83 on: 16 Oct 2017, 07:51 pm »
Following up to my Sept 19 post. I have about 75 hours on the Finale Audio  F7189 MK2 integrated amp  I went ahead at roughly 30 hours and swapped out the new production JJ 12ax7s and 5AR4 (sounded fine in the amp) with NOS GE 12ax7s and RCA 5AR4 ( I am partial to NOS tubes)  .  To my ears this amp sounds wonderful with the Argos V2s, it retrieves musical details and nuances from every track played, and it's imaging, soundstage, dynamics are very good. As I noted earlier the ,amp is stated at 20 wpc, though according to Frank at Finale mine measured at 22wpc with the substitution of a Hashimoto output transformer vs the standard Hammond.  If you like an EL84 based amp I highly recommend checking out the Finale.

As an aside I enjoy periodically switching between the Finale, the Line Magnetic 518IA, and my Modwright LSs100 & KWA100SE  - each offer a little something different but are all wonderful with the  Argos V2s

advanced101

Re: What amplifier do you use with your Daedalus speakers?
« Reply #84 on: 10 Feb 2018, 04:47 pm »
I ordered a pair of EAR 509 monoblocks to replace my LM 219IA.  I thought the LM was a very good amp for the money.  But, in my system, I preferred moving away from a SET amp, perhaps too much of a good thing.  I also noticed that the amp was showing 50w at peaks when listening loudly.  Although I believe the amp could handle 50 watt peaks (22 watt nominal) the extra headroom will be appreciated.

mresseguie

Re: What amplifier do you use with your Daedalus speakers?
« Reply #85 on: 10 Feb 2018, 10:00 pm »
Hello. I own a pair of Apollos which I am delighted with. I'm powering them with my Don Sachs Model 2 6SN7 preamp and D Sachs KT88 Kootenay 120 amp.

The amp has approximately 110 hours on it, so it's still burning in. However, so far I am very much enjoying this combination.

I'll soon have a new IceEdge1200as amp built by Mike at Mivera audio. I'm eager to hear it in my system.

Michael

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Re: What amplifier do you use with your Daedalus speakers?
« Reply #86 on: 11 Feb 2018, 08:27 pm »
Hello. I own a pair of Apollos which I am delighted with. I'm powering them with my Don Sachs Model 2 6SN7 preamp and D Sachs KT88 Kootenay 120 amp.

The amp has approximately 110 hours on it, so it's still burning in. However, so far I am very much enjoying this combination.

I'll soon have a new IceEdge1200as amp built by Mike at Mivera audio. I'm eager to hear it in my system.

Michael



that would be interesting to see how "Class D "amp sounds with the Apollo's I had a Peachtree Nova 150 for over a year running my desktop system which consisted of Kef LS 50 , I also tried them with my magnepan 1.7i to my surprise the Nova drove them very well  except I found the sound to be 2D.
I will be using my custom made  Odyssey Kismet  , with Don Sachs DS-2 and Directstream DAC to power the Poseidon's.
Odyssey Kismet has 850 VA transformer with  huge German made  Symphonic line 35K hyper Caps (350,000uf memory) A/AB amp with >68 amp current delivery and top of the line WBT  RC/LS connectors I believe it does not leave Class A for the 1st 10 -20 Watts of power before switching into
Class A/B mode  the unit is "very very quite" rarely gets warm , also own a Parasound Halo Integrated. (GR8 for the money), although I am open to another amp , have used and heard some  good ones in the past

 and recently the Modwright KWA 150 SE

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Re: What amplifier do you use with your Daedalus speakers?
« Reply #87 on: 12 Feb 2018, 02:46 pm »
Fans of Lou's speakers may be interested in checking out the soon-to-be released "Ultralinear" amp from Linear Tube Audio. I was fortunate to run a pre-production version for several weeks with my DA-1.1 AP/V2's and it is EXCEPTIONAL. Like all LTA electronics, this is a David Berning design using his patented ZOTL technology and radically sophisticated switching power supply. I wrote a "review" of the amp which I posted on the Audiogon recently. Here is the link for those who might be interested:

https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/review-linear-tube-audio-lta-ultralinear-amplifier

I understand Lou is going to be showing with LTA at AXPONA in April, featuring the "Ultralinear" paired with the Apollo 11, which I heard at Lou's shop in October (sounding incredible driven by the KWA-150SE). The Apollo 11 with the LTA "Ultralinear" should be frighteningly good. Hope some of you get to check it out!

 :thumb:

rbbert

Re: What amplifier do you use with your Daedalus speakers?
« Reply #88 on: 12 Feb 2018, 04:31 pm »
I would be surprised if the Viva 845 amps did not sound superb with Daedalus, but I think they all cost more than any of Lou’s speakers.

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Re: What amplifier do you use with your Daedalus speakers?
« Reply #89 on: 12 Feb 2018, 06:01 pm »
At this point depending on the weather I run my Muse with either a VanAlstine Ultravalve 35 wpc tube unit, or a VA FetValve Ultra 550 hybrid. Both sound great, simply different flavors, and the hybrid is probably a little tighter with the bass. So many options, so little time & $. Would like to try some of Dan's gear at some point, as well as Don's. A friend is waiting for his amp from Don end of the month, so should get to hear that option first hand at some point.