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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzy View Post
    Thanks Splendorman. Intrigued by the Radford. I take it this is considered to be in a different league form the amps i mentioned? Might have to do some investigating!.
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    The Firebottle range is quite easily the best sounding gear ive heard. The range spans from from £550 -£1000 and Alan can build you valve only or Valve/SS monoblocks. I have the Monos and they are quite simply stunning. He'll let you demo any of his gear on a sale or return basis and you'd be a mug not to audition them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkless Electronics View Post
    The power amps are amongst the best ever made. Period. Forget the pre amps though as they won't cut it amongst modern ones.
    Although, the Radford SC22 pre is quite nice to use. Not that bad really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    The Firebottle range is quite easily the best sounding gear ive heard. I heard some Croft stuff recently and they were not as good as the Monoblocks. The range spans from from £550 -£1000 and Alan can build you valve only or Valve/SS monoblocks. I have the Monos and they are quite simply stunning. He'll let you demo any of his gear on a sale or return basis and you'd be a mug not to audition them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    Which Croft amps did you hear Oliver?
    I knew someone would ask lol. I cant be sure of the exact model but ill text the guy and ask. They didn't look as new as the ones Brian was advertising on here. Ill update when I get the model info.

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    As the AN-Js have a quoted 93 dB/W efficiency, the world is your oyster. You could choose a 6W SET 300B, a classic Radford STA15 or a more modern push pull amp. Lord Mortlock's World Design 300B would have been perfect, matched with a suitable preamp. Personally I would look at a classic STA15/II, probably the sweetest of Arthur Radford's classic designs. You should be able to find one for £1200-1300. Partner it with a cheap preamp e.g. a Croft Micro or something similar, and you will have a great sounding system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    Which Croft amps did you hear Oliver?
    Jimbo, I was wrong. Its only a Croft Preamp hes using. He said the power amps are old BBC amplifiers he had put in a new case. Which explains why I presumed it was a croft power amp.

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    Nick, Think carefully and do some proper comparisons because your Sonneteer Orton is a very nice amplifier.

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    Firebottle is a new brand for me so will look into it.. thanks.

    A lot of choices yes. The reason i bought the ANJ's was for the sensitivity and with a view to getting a valve amp at a later date. I heard them in a demo with couple of Audio Note amps and was sold on the idea from that moment really. The Radford appeals in a similar way really. I guess i'm drawn to 'old school' when it comes to Hifi. Well amplification and speakers anyway!

    Just out of interest has anyone listened to the Radford amps with any other brands?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzy View Post
    Firebottle is a new brand for me so will look into it.. thanks.

    A lot of choices yes. The reason i bought the ANJ's was for the sensitivity and with a view to getting a valve amp at a later date. I heard them in a demo with couple of Audio Note amps and was sold on the idea from that moment really. The Radford appeals in a similar way really. I guess i'm drawn to 'old school' when it comes to Hifi. Well amplification and speakers anyway!

    Just out of interest has anyone listened to the Radford amps with any other brands?
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