Solid state amp options

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Solid state amp options
« on: 26 Nov 2018, 11:52 pm »
Interested in the Omega monito HO speakers, anyone using solid state amps with Omegas? The new SET 120 Van Alstine amp looks interesting also checking the Finale 168 integ. Feedback, comments highly appreciated


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Re: Solid state amp options
« Reply #1 on: 27 Nov 2018, 12:07 am »
Class A is my recommendation.  I have a First Watt J2 which is a great match with my SAMs.  There are a number of all Class A solid state out there.



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Re: Solid state amp options
« Reply #2 on: 27 Nov 2018, 07:06 pm »
I definitely recommend Finale. I haven't heard their 168, but I currently have the EL84TT from their sister company Triode Lab. It's wired in triode and sounds absolutely wonderful. I've heard really good things about the 168. Frank is awesome to deal with as well, a true gentleman like Louis.

I HAVE used solid state with my Omegas, but it's always been too bright for me. Class A is definitely where it's at and will be a wonderful match for any omega that I've heard.


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« Reply #3 on: 27 Nov 2018, 07:22 pm »
You might be interested in Folson's amp.
Lot here in AC about it.



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Re: Solid state amp options
« Reply #4 on: 27 Nov 2018, 07:49 pm »
  If you must use SS First Watt. Why ? They are made for that type speaker. If not Inspire, Audio Hungary, Decware and yes Jolida.



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« Reply #5 on: 28 Nov 2018, 04:29 am »
I have almost exclusively used SS amps with my Omegas and almost exclusively Pass and First Watt. I really enjoy the balance of neutrality, tone, and naturalness that Nelson imparts in his designs. As many here know, I've tried most of the First Watt offerings (flavors?), as well as all the "low" power Pass amps since the XA30.5. I currently have an XA25, which I'm enjoying immensely and have an F3 on standby. I generally agree with the earlier statement that First Watt amps are made for single driver / high efficiency speakers, some moreso than others. I'll say that I find the single ended Pass / First Watt designs to sound better than the push-pull designs with Omegas. Note that the XA30.5 and XA30.8 run in single ended class A for their first watt or two...which is quite a bit of power for Omegas. Not only are Omegas highly efficient electrically, they're also mechanically easy (because the cones are so light and they're coupled to such strong motors).


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Re: Solid state amp options
« Reply #6 on: 1 Dec 2018, 06:05 pm »
I'm using an old (circa 90's) pair of 10w single-ended transistor E1 monos from German company Valvet with my Super 3i's.
The combo works well enough, but if I could afford a First Watt instead, I'd go that way in a heartbeat.
That said, with SS I am missing a bit of the 'magic' I get with my custom-built 6w Tube SET (6L6-based).