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  1. #1
    Join Date: Apr 2012

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    I'm Geoff.

    Default Amplifiers! What do you have? What do you use?

    I'm curious to know what amplifiers members use and own.

    Some have straightforward choices, some have many amps, some have obscure combinations (me? ) So tell us.


    Mine, in no particular order:

    Technics SU-C04 a tiny integrated that sounds very nice indeed, similar to a Sugden A21. I've owned this longer than any other amp.

    Promitheus TVC paired with a Quad 306. A combo that works brilliantly. Very nice.

    SMSL Mini T amp. The size of a fag packet and sounds way better than you'd expect.

    Cambridge Audio P80 from the mid seventies. Bit of a classic that has a modern sound. Good bit of kit, even if it is all DIN sockets.

    VTL Deluxe valve pre-amp, driving a pair of Modern Tube Classics CT15 Class A EL34 monoblocks. Gorgeous sound, great with Tannoys.

    JVC AX-A441 A rare Japanese integrated with very fine sound quality. Hefty beast!

    Sugden Optima 80 integrated. A little known model. Sounds rather good driving the Tannoys.

    MingDa MC-9 TVC driving a Monarchy Audio SM-70. Amazingly lucid combination. Pure Class A.

    Also knocking about, a Little Bear passive pre-amp, an FX Audio 6J1 valve pre-amp that cost peanuts and sounds amazing.


    I've had literally hundreds of amps, but have kept only those that sound good to me.

    As you can see, I have too many, so no doubt there be a 'thin down' sooner or later!

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    Join Date: Feb 2013

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    I'm Grant.

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    so its you thats hogging all the amps

    i use a pair of proart amps in monoblock configuration. also use active q acoustics. I have a backup proart and a japanese market pioneer amp that sounds very good too.
    Regards,
    Grant .... ؠ

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    i use a pair of proart amps in monoblock configuration
    How long have you had those Grant? Seems ages.

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    Join Date: Feb 2013

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    How long have you had those Grant? Seems ages.
    aye, few years now geoff. work well enough in my system, which is pretty simple on face of it but has a few odd connections. the yiang sheng dac in its pre configuration, aids volume control(saves altering 3 vcs) but both amps have a vc too. it also feeds the actives simultaneously as the pre has 2 outputs. the actives act as a sort of big tweeter, and also feed a sub to extend bass a little.
    Whole kit is run from a power inspired unit and the amps all switch on via a smart phone controlled switch
    Regards,
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    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
    OPPO BDP-103D - JBE SERIES 3/B&O SP1/PROJECT PHONOBOX DS2 USB - QUAD VENA 2 - IFI PURIFIER 2/TWIN PRO MONOBLOCK POWER AMPLIFIERS - LEAF HD BLUETOOTH - OPPO PM-3 PLANAR, SONY H900 & NURAPHONE HEADPHONES - ZBOOK/ IFI SILENCER/WIN10 PRO/AUDIRVANA & JRIVER - SMSL M6 DAC & IFI SILENCER - RPI 3+, DIGIONE HAT/VOLUMIO2 - EDINGDALE MK1 SPEAKERS - CABLE INC CHORD, MOGAMI, SUPRA & WIREWORLD

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    Join Date: Jan 2008

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    I'm Jerry.

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    Main rig:
    Herron VTSP-2 valve pre, Trigon TRE50M monoblocks.
    Spare: LA Audio A30 el84 valve integrated, Amptastic Mini-T

    2nd system:
    Wadia 151 PowerDAC
    Spare: AMC 2100 (100wpc ss power amp)

    I go through quite a lot of amps but I tend not to hang on to them once I've got something else I like. Onwards, ever onwards.
    Jerry

    i. Qobuz internet streaming > Audiobyte Black Dragon DAC > Hegel H90 > MBL 116F speakers
    Cables : Wyreworld Starlight USB, VdH Thunderline interconnect, W&M LS-06 OR Tellurium Q Silver speaker.
    USB signal pampering : Wired4Sound Recovery & Halide Bridge.
    Headphones : PSB M4U 1, Beyerdynamic DT 250, Stax SR3

    ii Internet streaming > Audiolab MDAC > Marantz HD-AMP1 > Infinity Cascade 9 speakers & Jamo SUB200

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandl100 View Post
    Herron VTSP-2 valve pre, Trigon TRE50M monoblocks.
    Spare: LA Audio A30 el84 valve integrated
    I don't know anything about those.

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    Join Date: Jul 2015

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    I'm richard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandl100 View Post
    Main rig:
    Herron VTSP-2 valve pre, Trigon TRE50M monoblocks.
    Spare: LA Audio A30 el84 valve integrated, Amptastic Mini-T

    2nd system:
    Wadia 151 PowerDAC
    Spare: AMC 2100 (100wpc ss power amp)

    I go through quite a lot of amps but I tend not to hang on to them once I've got something else I like. Onwards, ever onwards.
    Just noticed you sold the Schiit Saga Jerry !

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    Join Date: Jan 2008

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbbiker800 View Post
    Just noticed you sold the Schiit Saga Jerry !
    Yep, and very nice it is, too.
    If I fancy a passive again, I'll def be on the lookout for another, what with its transparent sound and remote control.

    Phil hifinutt is now the proud and happy new owner.
    Jerry

    i. Qobuz internet streaming > Audiobyte Black Dragon DAC > Hegel H90 > MBL 116F speakers
    Cables : Wyreworld Starlight USB, VdH Thunderline interconnect, W&M LS-06 OR Tellurium Q Silver speaker.
    USB signal pampering : Wired4Sound Recovery & Halide Bridge.
    Headphones : PSB M4U 1, Beyerdynamic DT 250, Stax SR3

    ii Internet streaming > Audiolab MDAC > Marantz HD-AMP1 > Infinity Cascade 9 speakers & Jamo SUB200

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    I'm richard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandl100 View Post
    Yep, and very nice it is, too.
    If I fancy a passive again, I'll def be on the lookout for another, what with its transparent sound and remote control.

    Phil hifinutt is now the proud and happy new owner.
    I had trouble getting hold of a Schiit and then got fed up trying via UK and Dutch importers to get one - long story as you know ). So, I ended up with a Khozmo Passive Dual into a Cyrus X_Power. A big difference !

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    Join Date: Sep 2009

    Location: west mids, UK

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    I'm Phil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbbiker800 View Post
    Just noticed you sold the Schiit Saga Jerry !
    yes , currently doing good service with FB mono`s . when and if i upgrade i will keep as back up as its rather good . i was listening to an album the other day and nearly jumped out of my skin on one track as it was very good . The FB are extremely transparent and revealing of any poor recordings. My MSB is a bit more forgiving !!!
    1]bel canto pre 3 vbs, ice power amps /rotel cd/teac ud-ho1 bel canto fm1
    sonos, . tannoy eaton legacy 2]arcam a75 marantz sa8005 jolida modwright dac and RFC impulse ta`us , track audio stands

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