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    Question puresound 2A3 upgrade to?

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    I've got the 2A3 (from Guy).

    Can anyone suggest a suitable upgrade please?

    I am currently looking at a ARION NEMESIS 300B for example?

    Jadis? Audio research? McIntosh? Ayon? Wavac? Art Audio? Border Patrol? Viva? Ear? Pathos?

    OR just upgrade the '2A3'?

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    Long Dog Audio 300b. Some of the most advanced regulation in any amp available today, and it really shows in the sound. Nick doesn't post here, but I can put you in touch. He's not a million miles away from you in Halifax, would be easy enough to arrange a demo.

    Seriously, the best 300b amp I've ever heard. Not a shill, just my opinion. Nick is a friend, but I've nothing to gain from the recommendation. Give one a listen and decide for yourself.
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    Pure, blatant advertising but I have a Pathos Logos II with Hi-Dac going for £2795 and an EAR 899 incoming soon for notta lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hifi_dave View Post
    Pure, blatant advertising but I have a Pathos Logos II with Hi-Dac going for £2795 and an EAR 899 incoming soon for notta lot.
    might be interested in the EAR 899; home trial?
    pathos/hi dac, not really ~ just got the Cary 100t DAC,

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    How about a Border Patrol psu upgrade for the 2a3 amp?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris@panteg View Post
    How about a Border Patrol psu upgrade for the 2a3 amp?
    I already asked Guy about that and he doesn't think it is anywhere near as important as it is for his A30. He gave a techy explanation for this that I can't replicate.

    "In principle, the BP supply is a good thing although perhaps more for a Single Ended type amplifier which are generally more dependent on the quality of their power supply & which in many instances is under specified in most commercially made SET amps. It's less critical for a push-pull amp like the 2A3".
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_doc735 View Post
    I already asked Guy about that and he doesn't think it is anywhere near as important as it is for his A30. He gave a techy explanation for this that I can't replicate.

    "In principle, the BP supply is a good thing although perhaps more for a Single Ended type amplifier which are generally more dependent on the quality of their power supply & which in many instances is under specified in most commercially made SET amps. It's less critical for a push-pull amp like the 2A3".
    That's interesting but I must say I used to have 2nd audio mono amps, these were 2a3 push pull and although I needed two psu's the improvement was fundamental, quite impressive control in the bass, the 2nd audio as standard sound loose and flabby in the bass and can get congested, still unless you try it or hear it first you'll never know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris@panteg View Post
    That's interesting but I must say I used to have 2nd audio mono amps, these were 2a3 push pull and although I needed two psu's the improvement was fundamental, quite impressive control in the bass, the 2nd audio as standard sound loose and flabby in the bass and can get congested, still unless you try it or hear it first you'll never know.
    there's always chinese linear power supplies that are cheaper than border patrol?
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_doc735 View Post
    there's always chinese linear power supplies that are cheaper than border patrol?
    Chinese linear psu, not familiar with those but I'd be very cautious about anything Chinese with known voltage issues.
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    funnily enough i tried to find guy on one of the forums but he seems to have dropped off the planet !!

    very interested in how you get on . presumably you have seen the firebottle/monoblocks set up have you ?
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