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    I have just acquired AN K loudspeakers and after giving them a rigorous sunday morning work out, they are really starting to charm me, a clear yet warm and open sound with jazz, very enjoyable. Now folks tell me I simply must use them with tubes, well I kind of do a little bit already, my pre amp is a Croft micro 25, power is Quad 909. So I need either a tube power to match the Croft or a tube integrated (my preferred choice). I have been told a type which takes EL34 valves is the most preferable. Please throw out a few suitable model names for me to go a searching......Budget - not much at the moment! Anything around £500 or less would be good, a bit more may'be…….So obviously used at that price!
    Current system. NAS Interspace, Jelco 750, /Nagaoka MP 200/Graham Slee Era V. CDP - Mission PCM 7000. Amps - Quad 909/Croft micro 25. Chario Syntar 100 Tower. QED XT40 speaker cable/Straight wire interconnects.

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    Valvekraft - if you can find one. British built El34 based 25 watt integrated. Very good, I happily lived with one for a few years until the lure of 211/845 beckoned
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    Can't help thinking this is a bit of a bargain, above budget of course !!

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    Icon Audio do decent integrateds and you may pick up one used.

    A shame you're not minted as the Icon Stereo 30 single ended would work a treat.

    Also look out for World Audio Design or World Designs. They are very good DIY jobs and great value.
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    I think Firebottle is selling a Leak stereo 20 which would be perfect with the Croft and AN K speakers. I used this combo years ago and it is a great match.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    I think Firebottle is selling a Leak stereo 20 which would be perfect with the Croft and AN K speakers. I used this combo years ago and it is a great match.
    Solid advice Jim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeandvan View Post
    I have just acquired AN K loudspeakers and after giving them a rigorous sunday morning work out, they are really starting to charm me, a clear yet warm and open sound with jazz, very enjoyable. Now folks tell me I simply must use them with tubes, well I kind of do a little bit already, my pre amp is a Croft micro 25, power is Quad 909. So I need either a tube power to match the Croft or a tube integrated (my preferred choice). I have been told a type which takes EL34 valves is the most preferable. Please throw out a few suitable model names for me to go a searching......Budget - not much at the moment! Anything around £500 or less would be good, a bit more may'be…….So obviously used at that price!
    If you can find one at your price a Audio Innovations Series 500, I used to have one with Snell Types K's (virtually same as AN K's) and it sounded superb. You might struggle price wise but it would be worth it.
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    Contrary to the spirit of your post but I'll say it anyway - wait for a used Croft 7 to appear. Sonic bliss with your pre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    I think Firebottle is selling a Leak stereo 20 which would be perfect with the Croft and AN K speakers. I used this combo years ago and it is a great match.
    This. For the money you are unikely to better this.
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    Thanks for the replies so far, will look into them, would prefer something more powerful than the Leak 20.
    Last edited by Mikeandvan; 10-11-2019 at 20:24.
    Current system. NAS Interspace, Jelco 750, /Nagaoka MP 200/Graham Slee Era V. CDP - Mission PCM 7000. Amps - Quad 909/Croft micro 25. Chario Syntar 100 Tower. QED XT40 speaker cable/Straight wire interconnects.

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