Tagged: amps for soundlab
November 1, 2019 at 7:34 am #155
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
What would you recommend in a 400 sq ft room? I don’t listen at rock concert levels.November 1, 2019 at 8:09 am #156
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.
KenNovember 1, 2019 at 12:32 pm #157MikeBParticipant
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.November 1, 2019 at 3:27 pm #158
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?November 1, 2019 at 4:08 pm #159
Left transistors 25 years ago, for sonic reasons!
Yes, they are great on SL and I think they just sound more natural.
KenNovember 1, 2019 at 4:34 pm #160TWBModerator
“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.November 1, 2019 at 7:24 pm #163
What changed in SS evolution over the past 25 year that improved the SQ?November 1, 2019 at 7:25 pm #164MikeBParticipant
“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.November 1, 2019 at 8:15 pm #165TWBModerator
“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.November 9, 2019 at 3:28 pm #169supportmacParticipant
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.November 9, 2019 at 4:34 pm #170November 9, 2019 at 4:36 pm #171supportmacParticipant
I’m using Dynastat III. Very nice speaker. He actually replaced Quad speakersNovember 20, 2019 at 5:05 pm #196
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.
KenNovember 22, 2019 at 10:40 am #207bk12Participant
I have had a number of great amps, but I have settled on Atma-Sphere MA-2 combined with MP-1 preamp to power my U-1s. I have heard great things about VTL and Wolcott as well. I had the Atma-sphere MA-1 and MP-3 previously, and that also did a phenomenal job on the speakers (with the consummate backplate).December 2, 2019 at 1:53 pm #212khaidoParticipant
Powerful tube or solid state amps should do well with Soundlabs,depending on personal sonic flavor.Own Triangle Art TA 200 mono,ARC 250 SE mono to drive A1.Pre amps are Jadis JP 80 mc,Spectral 30 sv,SF sfl2 and triangle art reference pre amp.Listening room 40x35x9.Volume set usually between 10 and 12.Music:classical,jazz,blues,hard rock.Other good amps:Atmasphere A2,Pass labs 350,old Krell 300/400 cx,Theta Citadel ,VTL and Parasound mono.Soundlabs speakers are very revealing from top to bottom frequencies,deserving great electronics,and sources.Khai
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