Best amp/preamp to go with SL?

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  • #155

    chungjh
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    I am thinking about what the best amp/preamp set up for SL speakers is (with consummate plates).

    1.Dr. West recommended Parasound JC-1/5.
    2. Pass Labs
    3. Atma Sphere
    4. Ayre

    What would you recommend in a 400 sq ft room? I don’t listen at rock concert levels.

    #156

    yoshi
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    for a room that size, suggest a 200 watt tube power amp. I use VTLs with very good results; other high quality tube amps of this output should work fine. My suggestion is get a very good preamp to make your system really sing, like a Audio Research LS-28, Ref.5 or 6.

    good luck, and post your choice with comments.

    Ken

    #157

    MikeB
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    1) Atma-sphere MA-1 – Presently Owned; They replaced my CAT amps.
    2) Any CAT (Convergent Technology Amps) (Owned JL1’s and JL3’s) At 100 watts and 150 watts respectively, CAT amps are very, very under rated.
    3) Parasound Halo JC1 (Auditioned)
    4) Mark Levinson (336 Owned) The CAT JL1’s replaced this amp. The JL1’s improved upon every sonic signature, especially control/drive on my then M1 Soundlabs.

    #158

    chungjh
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    Thanks Ken and Mike

    It seems that a lot of people like tube amps with SL. Is it something specific about SL that goes well with tubes or do you feel this way with all speakers?

    Mike, so you don’t use M1’s any more? What do you use now?

    #159

    yoshi
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    Left transistors 25 years ago, for sonic reasons!

    Yes, they are great on SL and I think they just sound more natural.

    Ken

    #160

    TWB
    Moderator

    “Left transistors 25 years ago, for sonic reasons!”

    25 years ago, that was true. Today, not so much. Pass Labs do an amazing job on Sound Labs, without any of the hassles associated with tubes. Wolcott amps do a great job with Sound Labs, but I’m not going back to tubes.

    The Parasound JC-1 amps do a very competent job, but lack soul.

    A great preamp is an asset in any system.

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    #163

    chungjh
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    Hi Tom

    What changed in SS evolution over the past 25 year that improved the SQ?

    #164

    MikeB
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    “Mike, so you don’t use M1’s any more? What do you use now?”

    I sold my M1’s for M1PX’s with Hot Rod and Consummate upgrades; recently purchasing Atma-sphere MA-1 OTL’s.

    The former SLOG forum contained a several page post relative to amplification and specifically my amplifier sojourn.

    #165

    TWB
    Moderator

    “What changed in SS evolution over the past 25 year that improved the SQ?”

    Nelson Pass and Dan D’Agostino could better answer that question than I. They both have had a lot to say. A little research should provide some answers.

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    #169

    supportmac
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    I would recommend Atma Sphere as well. I have recently purchased Soundlab speakers which I run with Atma Sphere M-60 + MP-1 right now. I live in Paris. We have many fine tube amplifiers here in Europe. But I largerly prefer Atma Sphere gear over any other tube amplifier which I have listened so far. That should tell you how good these are.

    #170

    chungjh
    Participant

    @supportmac

    Which Soundlab did you get?

    #171

    supportmac
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    I’m using Dynastat III. Very nice speaker. He actually replaced Quad speakers

    #196

    yoshi
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    It’s been the great debate for years: SS vs.tubes. Both platforms are better now than 25 years ago.

    Just passing on my experience and pleasure enjoying a tube based system. Love the natural, full sound and fabulous dimensionality. No regrets here.

    Enjoy…

    Ken

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