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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Good shout, Tony. I think Mike should hear those in his system. For me, every Tannoy DC aficionado should hear his or her speakers with both tube and SS amps, before making a final decision on which way to go, as the difference in sonic presentation is marked

    Marco.
    The combination of that big copper valve amp IanW had and his Canterbury's represent to me one of, if not the nicest amp /Tannoy combination I've ever heard.

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    +1 on that Frank, it was a lovely combination, shame Ian did not do vinyl that could have been spectacular.
    Analogue
    301 / 3012 / 2m black
    401 / PU7 / AT33ev / Highphonics SUT
    Puresound P10
    Digital
    Vortexbox, SBT / Teac Dac
    Meridian 506.24
    Cambridge CXC
    Amps
    Glasshouse TVC or Quad 34/44
    Quad 303; 306; 606 or Bel Canto Set 40 or NG 300B Set Monoblocks
    Speakers
    Tannoy GRF Memory.
    Q Acoustic 3020.

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    Totally agree, guys - having heard that combo on numerous occasions! The same amp also sounds rather good with my LMs

    However, Copper amps (or any valve amps of that ilk) don't come cheap... In fact, you can't do valve amps properly, on the cheap, period.

    Marco.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wee tee cee View Post
    Mike,
    What about a EWA pre to match the power amp....makes sense!

    If you fancy trying tubes I will lug my Kel 84 power amp and mono blocks across.

    Ive got the monos plumbed in using the TQ as dac/pre-sounds lovely.

    Can bring the tvc/tissie and bte to let you try some passives.

    Try to persuade Brian to bring is croft pre /power.

    As a left field I can also bring a few t amps-mini t/temple audio bantum/mono blocks-they can really surprise just how good they sound.

    The scottish mafia is hear to help!!!
    I did think about the EWA Pre Q20 I think it is, but I would need it custom as it only has one input and has an MC and MM phono stage built in. So I would need at least 1 more input, ok I could look at the EWA M-50 Pre but that's about 1800, I'd rather spend that amount on a used product to get more for my money

    I'm also not sure what difference it would be from the TQ Claymore Amp as a pre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Good shout, Tony. I think Mike should hear those in his system. For me, every Tannoy DC aficionado should hear his or her speakers with both tube and SS amps, before making a final decision on which way to go, as the difference in sonic presentation is marked

    Marco.
    Yip makes sense, I'll definitely have to get a listen to Tony's 'spares' on my Tannoys

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    Well, if Tony's Kel 84 power amp and mono blocks gels with them, then be prepared to fall in love with TOOBS!

    Marco [Tannoys love TOOBS].
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    I dont think the tubes in my amps are that special -sovtek/phillips/mullard but it gives a proper flavour of what tubes do. There is just something special going on, in combo with my 57s they really do play nice.

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    Good SS Integrated amp that can go to 11-12, and retain it's composure. The Roksan Kandy KA1- MKIII.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petrat View Post
    Mike ... I think you were exactly correct when you were going to buy the EAR 8L6. Like many on this forum, I've tried (too) many amps with Tannoys, and most of us seem to have settled on KT88/120/150 or EL34 push-pull valve amps.
    +1. KT88 family / EL 34 family. With HPDs, 40-50w minimum (Golds need less). Job done and just listen to the music.

    Been there done that with solid state, SET, 300b, active crossovers, hybrids, Class D, blah blah di blah. With Tannoys, tubes rule, specifically PP valve amps of the pentode/beam tetrode persuasion. You know it makes sense.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post

    Marco [Tannoys love TOOBS].
    Sums it up neatly.
    Speakers - 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys with custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Preamp - EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII with Ikeda IT345-CR1 and Ortofon 309 Limited tonearms; Cartridges: Miyajima Madake, Zero Mono 0.7 and Premium 1.0 retipped by Ana Mighty Sound with bamboo cantilever, Ortofon SPU Royal N and Shure M3D with Jico stylus; phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandl100 View Post
    The Quad 405ii has much more control than the original 405.
    I upped from the 405 to the ii and consider it to be the first real hifi amp that I owned.
    I've had an upgraded 405 ii in the house and its owner was highly expectant. He left disappointed - Radford was far more refined and liquid, while being just as robust in the lower registers. Made the Quad sound coarse. Same experience with a 303 and 909. Quads are good amps but they won't do what a good valve amp does. Though as Marco says elsewhere it is a more expensive path to take, decent valve amps aren't as cheap as they used to be.
    Speakers - 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys with custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Preamp - EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII with Ikeda IT345-CR1 and Ortofon 309 Limited tonearms; Cartridges: Miyajima Madake, Zero Mono 0.7 and Premium 1.0 retipped by Ana Mighty Sound with bamboo cantilever, Ortofon SPU Royal N and Shure M3D with Jico stylus; phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport.

    'Wer nicht liebt Wein, Weib und Gesang der ist ein Narr sein Leben lang.'

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