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    Quote Originally Posted by opt817 View Post
    Maybe hybrid amp, with valves in preamp and SS for power?
    That's what I used to do and I think it would give you what you are after. Can you use the JVC just as a power amp? Then add something like a Croft 25 pre-amp.
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    Unfortunatelly JVC amp has not separate pre and power amp.
    I've read about good sinergy with First Watt power amps and Tannoys?
    Which models are better suited for Tannoys: single ended or push-pull systems? Any recommendation?
    A lot of good music through Tannoy Kensington GR speakers, amp class A, turntable designed by Tom Fletcher,
    produced by Pear Audio, model Kid Thomas, Grado Reference V2 cartridge, valve phono EAR 834P.

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    Quote Originally Posted by opt817 View Post
    Unfortunatelly JVC amp has not separate pre and power amp.
    I've read about good sinergy with First Watt power amps and Tannoys?
    Which models are better suited for Tannoys: single ended or push-pull systems? Any recommendation?
    i use first watt F5 clones with my tannoy eaton legacy and they are simply divine !!! in fact they seem to sound better and better as the months go by
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    From tube amps I've mentioned at the beginning I'm now more inclined to SS amp with warm, not analytical sound.

    Phil, thanks you for your input. I'm arranging sound test with First Watt F7 amplifier, which is more modern variant of F5.
    Can I ask you what preamp do you use for F5?
    A lot of good music through Tannoy Kensington GR speakers, amp class A, turntable designed by Tom Fletcher,
    produced by Pear Audio, model Kid Thomas, Grado Reference V2 cartridge, valve phono EAR 834P.

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    yes i have had superb results with bel canto pre amps . they are very organic sounding and the vbs models [ virtual battery ] can be upgraded with superb power supplies like the DC3

    this coupled with the first watt has been superb . at one point i was running 2 of these pre amps that are ultra reliable and bombproof build at a reasonable cost

    https://www.whatsbestforum.com/threa...a-house.32498/

    https://pinkfishmedia.net/forum/thre...ar-psu.229611/[ thats another psu that firebottle made ]
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    Has anybody experience with B1 Buffer Preamp from Nelson Pass? It is just simple SS preamp with JFET transistors?
    Or alternate valve preamp for different sound signature?
    A lot of good music through Tannoy Kensington GR speakers, amp class A, turntable designed by Tom Fletcher,
    produced by Pear Audio, model Kid Thomas, Grado Reference V2 cartridge, valve phono EAR 834P.

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    Quote Originally Posted by opt817 View Post
    Has anybody experience with B1 Buffer Preamp from Nelson Pass? It is just simple SS preamp with JFET transistors?
    Or alternate valve preamp for different sound signature?
    I've got a DCB1 which is pretty much the same thing. I'd highly recommend it although you need to check it is compatible with your power amp, as it has no gain.
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    If you can stretch to these, they would be superb imo, these were designed to marry the best of valves with the best of SS-
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    In meantime, based on good experience with Tannoy speakers, I've ordered First Watt F7. It had also good discount from seller.
    FW F7 amp is a little special, it has low input impedance 10 kOhm, relatively low gain 14db, power: 20W/8 ohms, 30W/4 ohms (1-2% THD at 1kHz), Input sensitivity: 0.57V (1W); 2.53V (max output)

    Because of low input impedance of F7 it can be fussy with some valve preamp. So preamp needs low output imedance, bellow 100 or 200 Ohms and low gain less than 10db or 6x?
    Any good suggestions from Tron, Linear Tube Audio, etc?
    A lot of good music through Tannoy Kensington GR speakers, amp class A, turntable designed by Tom Fletcher,
    produced by Pear Audio, model Kid Thomas, Grado Reference V2 cartridge, valve phono EAR 834P.

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