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    Question Recommendations for an amp to suit my Tannoy Berkeleys?

    Hi,

    BUDGET £2000 or thereabouts ( Prefer less of course lol )

    Looking primarily for a Luxman 550aii, however I would consider a good valve integrated such as a WAD KT88 XL or similar.

    Or...... an integrated with a really good built in phono stage and perhaps an onboard DAC too.

    Yeah I know those choices are a bit all over the place, but I currently have a couple of valve power amps on loan and I'm liking what I hear, would just prefer to lower box count hence the integrated want.

    The Perreaux 150i that killie99 is selling looks interesting too, so something like that could be a possibility.

    Sorry for the mix of wants, but until I'm offered anything I won't know what to go for

    Thanks,

    Mike.

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    Mike, there’s a Krell KSA 100 Series 2 for sale on PFM, could be good with the Tannoys?
    “Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ali Tait View Post
    Mike, there’s a Krell KSA 100 Series 2 for sale on PFM, could be good with the Tannoys?
    Wouldn't recommend it. KSA50 my MGs sound flat and boring. Sucked all the life out of them.

    I would recommend this though:

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Woodside-...19.m1438.l2649
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 / Ikeda IT-407 tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Ortofon SPU Royal N, Ikeda 9C III, SAEC/Excel C3; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0, Sonovox MC-4 1.0, Edison '78' 4.0 conical, and Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Pass Aleph 'Mini'; preamp - Firebottle custom; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 tonearm and vintage Ortofon SL-15e with matching Ortofon 2-15k SUT; Phono Stage: Firebottle Plus; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink; Schiit Multibit DAC.

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    “Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio”

    Hunter S Thompson

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    Quote Originally Posted by montesquieu View Post
    Wouldn't recommend it. KSA50 my MGs sound flat and boring. Sucked all the life out of them.

    I would recommend this though:

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Woodside-...19.m1438.l2649
    Yes read that before, but the 100 is a different beast is it not?

    Woodside looks a good shout.
    “Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio”

    Hunter S Thompson

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    Creek Destiny 2. Bags of power and flawless sound. Very classy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ali Tait View Post
    Hmm. Single ended. Probably not.
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 / Ikeda IT-407 tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Ortofon SPU Royal N, Ikeda 9C III, SAEC/Excel C3; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0, Sonovox MC-4 1.0, Edison '78' 4.0 conical, and Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Pass Aleph 'Mini'; preamp - Firebottle custom; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 tonearm and vintage Ortofon SL-15e with matching Ortofon 2-15k SUT; Phono Stage: Firebottle Plus; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink; Schiit Multibit DAC.

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    How about one of these bad boys? If darth Vader designed an integrated ...

    http://www.annunci.net/isernia/audio...lifier-2109503
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    Quote Originally Posted by lordmortlock View Post
    How about one of these bad boys? If darth Vader designed an integrated ...

    http://www.annunci.net/isernia/audio...lifier-2109503
    Nice. I always fancied checking out a Graaf and that's a decent price.

    The original Darth Vader amp was this one though (I had one it wasn't half bad, though it did get VERY hot):



    Though it spawned an army of clones:

    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 / Ikeda IT-407 tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Ortofon SPU Royal N, Ikeda 9C III, SAEC/Excel C3; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0, Sonovox MC-4 1.0, Edison '78' 4.0 conical, and Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Pass Aleph 'Mini'; preamp - Firebottle custom; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 tonearm and vintage Ortofon SL-15e with matching Ortofon 2-15k SUT; Phono Stage: Firebottle Plus; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink; Schiit Multibit DAC.

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    That amp in the link looks the bollocks. No idea what it is but it just wowed in the looks department

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