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    I would buy a VFET amp and have it properly refurbished. When working properly, they are worth their weight in gold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hifinutt View Post
    mmm if i had yammy ns speakers i might buy firebottle valve hybrid monoblocks and a cheap passive pre which would be just a tad over a grand but not much

    http://theartofsound.net/forum/showt...ower-amplifier
    You can use your nak as a pre. Would be a great choice.

    PS, you can pick different cases for them. Those discs on the front don't do them justice. Could look like mine
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK5 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken & Tesla Valves)
    Digital: NONE
    Amplification: Nelson Pass DCB1 & Monarchy Audio SM-70 Class A Amplifier
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shovel_Knight View Post
    I would buy a VFET amp and have it properly refurbished. When working properly, they are worth their weight in gold.
    Yes I’ve got my eye on one, trouble is it has a crackling output pot, I don’t know how serious that is, but I has slightly put me off.
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M speakers ,Pioneer PLC-590 turntable,Pioneer PA-5000,Alphason HR-100S-MCS,Zeta tonearms,Denon 103SA Cartridge's,Denon HA-500 Head Amp, John Wood KT88 Valve Amp,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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    Is it a power amp or one of Sony integrateds?

    Crackling pots can usually be fixed with a generous helping of contact cleaner. Although in my former TA-4650 the volume pot was enormous and completely sealed.

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    It’s a power amp, Yamaha b-2
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M speakers ,Pioneer PLC-590 turntable,Pioneer PA-5000,Alphason HR-100S-MCS,Zeta tonearms,Denon 103SA Cartridge's,Denon HA-500 Head Amp, John Wood KT88 Valve Amp,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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    If it were me.......

    I'd avoid vintage Japanese amplifiers. I love them but I've had a plethora of issues with them. Mainly pots or switches. I can name at least two people who are suffering with the same problems too.

    I really do love them though.

    Can't get Vfets. Won't be the same with anything else.

    Class A is beautiful.

    Class D is also worth a look due to the pure efficiency of them.

    I'll never flog my Amps. They are the best things I've owned in that area. Bar none.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK5 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken & Tesla Valves)
    Digital: NONE
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    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & NEW SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    EWA Q20V with volume pot.

    Heard Colins amps at Ali Tates place-class A just does it for me (bought an M50 off the back of what I heard)

    The croft integrated is about 1k....my son runs croft pre/power-what lovely music they make, dare say the integrated would do the bussiness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian7633 View Post
    I've been living with quite pronounced tinitus for a long time, your problem sounds different, might be worth getting checked?
    Do you use a hearing aid Ian? Although I don't use mine all the time I have found it has helped my tinitus
    cambridge audio azur 651w power amp, novafidelity x40 music server/pre/dac, tannoy dc4t]
    , van damme blue series interconnects, van damme studio blue 4mm speaker cable, klotz mc 5000 ,klotz silver hybrid, thanks Brian, fisual hollywood optical cable,, pioneer bdp170, akg k 550

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pieoftheday View Post
    Do you use a hearing aid Ian? Although I don't use mine all the time I have found it has helped my tinitus
    I've not used one yet James, I'm lucky that distraction techniques work well for me. the only time I really notice it is bed time but playing a cd or having the radio on quietly usually does the trick. I was worried it would drive me insane, not too far to go there, but I adapted pretty quickly.
    My stuff; Toshiba SR-370/Mission 774 /Ortofon Quintet Black, Cambridge CXC CD transport/Musical Fidelity X DAC/Musical Fidelity X10v3 tube buffer, Musical Fidelity A3, Nakamichi CA-5E pre amp, Acoustic Solutions FM/DAB tuner, Mordaunt Short Signifer, Klotz MC5000/MS audio, NVA LS5

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian7633 View Post
    I've not used one yet James, I'm lucky that distraction techniques work well for me. the only time I really notice it is bed time but playing a cd or having the radio on quietly usually does the trick. I was worried it would drive me insane, not too far to go there, but I adapted pretty quickly.
    Apparently tinitus is the brain trying to fill in the gaps that hearing loss has left, so the chap at ENT said, I suppose that's why a hearing aid can be useful,it fills in the gaps,or tries to so the brain doesn't have to. It's good you've found ways to adapt
    cambridge audio azur 651w power amp, novafidelity x40 music server/pre/dac, tannoy dc4t]
    , van damme blue series interconnects, van damme studio blue 4mm speaker cable, klotz mc 5000 ,klotz silver hybrid, thanks Brian, fisual hollywood optical cable,, pioneer bdp170, akg k 550

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