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I am looking at a few options for a tube amp, currently, I have a Cary Audio SLi-80 and a Jolida FX10, these amps are set up in one of my master bedroom and a guest room paired with JBL '50s and L16's, classic speakers! I have a set of VR2 speakers being powered by a Peachtree Audio Idecco and a Cambridge 840C cd player, which quite honestly I haven't used in years since I'm only listening to vinyl these days. I want to replace/sell the Peachtree Audio iDecco and replace it with a tube amp. My budget is around $3500 max! So far I've looked into Ayon Scorpio which is a pure class A amp running KT88's, which can be had for around $3500 give or take, but I also looked into Cayin A50 TP MK2, -CAYIN A-88T MK2 TUBE EL34/KT88/6550 and lastly an inexpensive Class A tube amp being sold by USA Tube Audio which is a Meixing MingDa MC34-ASE. I like the fact that the Cayin A88T gives you more options to run different tubes, such as KT88, EL 34, and 6550's. But this is a Class AB1 integrated tube amp. It does provide you with the option to switch from Ultralinear to Triode but I'm a bit confused. So what's better for sound reproduction, Class A or can a Class AB1 give you the best of both worlds?Guidance, suggestions needed~ Thanks~
I like large floor standing speakers, and even the more efficient types need power to sound their best.
Your VR2 speakers are only 87 db efficient, so SET is pretty much a non starter unless you only listen to music softly. Even the most common Push-Pull amps in the 15-40 watt range won't be enough for full dynamic range. If you were happy how the Peachtree drove your speakers, you'd probably be fine with something like a KT-88/6550 PP amp. But if you were running it our of gas, you're probably looking at a parallel Push-Pull amp to get into the 70 watts plus range. You can buy into those reasonably (Primaluna, maybe Rogue Audio) but they do get pricey to re-tube.
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