Help in picking out a tube power amp.

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flavo

Re: Help in picking out a tube power amp.
« Reply #20 on: 30 Jul 2019, 04:32 pm »
Does this D Sachs HK Citation V seem like a good idea?
At least I wouldn't loose any money on it if I wanted to move on from it.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Harman-Kardon-Citation-V-5-Tube-Stereo-Amplifier-Rebuilt-by-Don-Sachs-Mcshane/323866471903?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

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Re: Help in picking out a tube power amp.
« Reply #21 on: 30 Jul 2019, 04:40 pm »
Does this D Sachs HK Citation V seem like a good idea?
At least I wouldn't loose any money on it if I wanted to move on from it.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Harman-Kardon-Citation-V-5-Tube-Stereo-Amplifier-Rebuilt-by-Don-Sachs-Mcshane/323866471903?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649


That's a very nice amp.  Old school transformers with modern day parts/circuit updates is gonna sound very nice.  Won't look as pretty as a new amp of course, but the sound should be very good.

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Re: Help in picking out a tube power amp.
« Reply #22 on: 30 Jul 2019, 04:42 pm »
That's a very nice amp.  Old school transformers with modern day parts/circuit updates is gonna sound very nice.  Won't look as pretty as a new amp of course, but the sound should be very good.

  Nice Amp, VG headroom with effortless sound.


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Re: Help in picking out a tube power amp.
« Reply #23 on: 2 Aug 2019, 11:52 am »
Transcendent Sound does not get a lot of mention around here, but his new 300 B mono blocs might pique your interest, esp. w/ your high efficient speakers:

https://www.transcendentsound.com/pinnacle.html

It's DIY, but I can put you in touch with someone to assemble if you would like.

I use Bruce's Masterpiece as my pre with a pair of EML mesh 300B's.

Not a lot of tube rolling b/c of the cost of the tubes, but these tubes are the ultimate (IMO) for that "tube sound".

Either way, good luck and have fun!

flavo

Re: Help in picking out a tube power amp.
« Reply #24 on: 2 Aug 2019, 09:33 pm »
I love the suggestion and am trying to stay with mono blocks for visual enjoyment. But he doesn't mention 4ohm speakers at all and my speakers are 4 ohm.
He also goes back and forth in discussing the amps together or separate in regards to specs. Are these 6W total or 6W a piece?
Thank you

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Re: Help in picking out a tube power amp.
« Reply #25 on: 2 Aug 2019, 10:31 pm »
I would not use an OTL amp with a 4 ohms speaker, OTLs will fit well with 16 ohms speakers where they have more wattage 10W in this amp above, just me though.

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Re: Help in picking out a tube power amp.
« Reply #26 on: 3 Aug 2019, 12:11 am »
I love the suggestion and am trying to stay with mono blocks for visual enjoyment. But he doesn't mention 4ohm speakers at all and my speakers are 4 ohm.
He also goes back and forth in discussing the amps together or separate in regards to specs. Are these 6W total or 6W a piece?
Thank you

My response would only be a guest, so email Bruce.  He is super responsive and can talk to you about your speakers and his opinion on how the system would perform.

Again, the pre that I purchased from him is nothing but jaw dropping.  I have thought about changing pre's since my purchase, but the 300B opens up everything from your source and sounds quite magical in my opinion.

I have it paired w/ a pair of Primaluna Dialogue 7's and a pair of Wyred 4 Sound mAmps in a bi amp set up for my Von Scweikert's.  I also run 2 x 500 W subs and the pre has not problem handling the load (sorry for a little off topic).

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Re: Help in picking out a tube power amp.
« Reply #27 on: 3 Aug 2019, 12:23 am »
Please note he already informed in the amp page this OTL dont suited to 4 ohms speaker as is expected from a small amp:
Works with virtually any 8 ohm speaker with a sensitivity of 90dB/watt or greater.
https://www.transcendentsound.com/pinnacle.html

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Re: Help in picking out a tube power amp.
« Reply #28 on: 3 Aug 2019, 06:11 pm »
My response would only be a guest, so email Bruce.  He is super responsive and can talk to you about your speakers and his opinion on how the system would perform.

Again, the pre that I purchased from him is nothing but jaw dropping.  I have thought about changing pre's since my purchase, but the 300B opens up everything from your source and sounds quite magical in my opinion.

I have it paired w/ a pair of Primaluna Dialogue 7's and a pair of Wyred 4 Sound mAmps in a bi amp set up for my Von Scweikert's.  I also run 2 x 500 W subs and the pre has not problem handling the load (sorry for a little off topic).

If you're willing to get a little outside of the box, Transcendent Sound offers other option than the Pinnacle.  The 300B does make it a little price prohibitive in rolling tubes.  I am a fan of the OTL design since the tubes are directly powering the output, nothing is in the way.  So, peek around and always reach out to him w/ any questions.  He usually responds w/in 24 hours.  My offer still stands on putting you in touch with someone to assemble the kit.  Bruce will ship the kit (or kits) if you go mono to my contact and he will ship out to you.  I can vouch for both of them.  And again, have fun in your search :)

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Re: Help in picking out a tube power amp.
« Reply #29 on: 3 Aug 2019, 08:27 pm »
Try an AVA Ultravalve with a a 30 day trial period. If you keep it, roll some Sophia Electric EL 34's to bring the sound up a notch or two.

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Re: Help in picking out a tube power amp.
« Reply #30 on: 4 Aug 2019, 06:13 am »
Until you decide on a final amp, pick up a Dayton Audio hybrid tube amp from  Parts Express for 105 dollars.. I just got one in and it is nice sounding nice. It is 12 Wpc into 4 ohms. Class D amp with tube pre. You can always use it as a desktop amp later since it also has a headphone out. Also a sub out and Bluetooth.