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  1. #1
    Join Date: May 2017

    Location: West Sussex, UK

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    I'm Steve.

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    Hi all,
    Im reasonably happy with my system but would like to try a Valve amp.
    I have no idea what to look for and hope members with experience of valve amps could suggest where to start.
    Looking for second hand but have no idea of cost or what would suit my system???

    My current lash up is

    Project 2xperience with recently purchased AT33ptg from a member

    Cyrus CD8se

    Rega Brio 2017

    TEAC X-3 Reel to Reel

    Dynaudio emit m20

    Cables Klotz - Audioquest Diamondback - QED XT40

    Any suggestions welcome

    Regards Steve...

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    I'm Phil.

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    why steve do you think a valve would be better ? would it not be worth going up the rega amp tree ?
    1]bel canto pre 3 vbs /MSB s200 , / onkyo sacd/ bel canto fm1
    sonos, . tannoy eaton legacy 2]schiit saga pre , firebottle mono`s marantz sa8005 bel canto 3.5vbss and RFC impulse ta`us , track audio stands

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    Join Date: May 2017

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    Hi Phil
    I have listened to the Elex and the Elicit, they are very good amps indeed but have the same tonal qualities as the Brio just fuller and a little more resolving.
    I listened to a similar system to mine at a friends house but he was using a valve amp and i just preferred the sound, admittedly it was a a quite expensive valve amp made by EAR but it sounded fantastic, very different to the Brio and considering the rest of his system was so similar to mine.

    Regards Steve

    PS Not suggesting valve is better than all other amp types just want to try!!!

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    Don't start unless youre prepared to spend around 500 on a used unit. The cheap stuff will leave you feeling short-changed.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK5 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Bigbottle Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken & Tesla Valves)
    Digital: NONE
    Amplification: Nelson Pass DCB1 & Monarchy Audio SM-70 Class A Amplifier
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & NEW SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    Join Date: May 2017

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    Hi Oliver
    Thanks, my buget is around 1,000 to 1,200

    Regards Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by STD305M View Post
    Hi Oliver
    Thanks, my buget is around 1,000 to 1,200

    Regards Steve
    Oooh, nice budget.

    No doubt there's something out there for that.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK5 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Bigbottle Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken & Tesla Valves)
    Digital: NONE
    Amplification: Nelson Pass DCB1 & Monarchy Audio SM-70 Class A Amplifier
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & NEW SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    I'm Shaun.

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    Mega valve amp fan since 1995 I would advise caution in moving into a future of valves. I am blatantly biased by valves clear superiority in the voice and midband but I am also aware that pretty much like vinyl, they can be a pain in the arse. Like vinyl they are highly addictive especially when you get hooked on swapping and trying other types of glassware (tube rolling) and like vinyl the whole concept is bloody expensive. My one piece of advice based on experience would be to stay away from cheap Chinese junk but have a damn enjoyable future experimenting. All the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    Oooh, nice budget.

    No doubt there's something out there for that.
    There might be but not sure what YET

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    Maybe try and borrow a valve amp first to try in your system before you buy?

  10. #10
    Join Date: May 2017

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    There must be something in the sound of valve or people wouldn't use them , Id just like to buy and try for myself and hopefully find the sound im looking for
    Thanks for the info and advise

    Regards Steve

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