I've just sold my Decware Zen Selects (monoblocked pair) because they just didn't have enough "oomph" for me with the Royal Masters. They sounded absolutely amazing, but just didn't have enough juice to give me the volume and low end I wanted on most recordings.
So... Time to start reading again. I'm leaning towards the Decware SE34I.2 integrated at 1525$, rated at 6 watts for => 8 ohms, so far I've read it would be a good jump in power and low end response. This is an EL34 tube amp.
This is pretty much the only amp I've considered so far, but wondering if anyone else has input. Budget is 1500$US, give or take a few hundred. I've read of the Art Audio, but the Carissa is too expensive. I've also read of the ASL amps, will go local to hear some but kind of skeptical of these.
Can anyone else recommend? I'm looking for that magical SET sound I had with the Decware, but with more guts and low end.
I also don't have a preamp, would like to stay without one, the Decware had built-in volume control, this is ideal to me, but would consider a preamp if necessary.