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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:57 am 
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https://www.lineartubeaudio.com/products/mz2mz2-s


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:07 am 
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What you are asking for is a product that has a particular sound. Most of that is covered by the frequency response of the unit.

Just use Jriver for your computer source ( $50 or so ) and EQ until you get the sound you want.

It's cheaper to use an EQ than it is to use component selection as tone controls.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:03 pm 
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anatech wrote:
Driving a solid state amplifier with a tube preamplifier is generally a mistake, unless the power amp uses J-FETs for the front end. If your preamp has output buffers, the little sand ones, and has a low output impedance your could drive almost any amplifier.

I had a pair of McIntosh MC-40 amps that sounded dry and hard, even after a complete rebuild / upgrade. Sold them on. The MC240 and MC275 are the best sounding McIntosh tube amplifiers and should have enough power for your needs unless you really want to crank it. Then it would be the MC275 amp. I was authorized warranty for McIntosh and am pretty familiar with those products. You really can't go wrong with a rebuilt McIntosh tube amplifier.

-Chris

I was curious about this comment as well.
Alot of people have a tube pre and ss amp, seems to work most of the time.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:26 pm 
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Back in the time I used it ARC SP 9 pre amp, Krell KSA 100 power, with Apogee Calipers without any problem


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:12 pm 
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I've run an Audible Illusions M3a pre with Rotel, Bryston and ModWright power amps with very good results. I'm currently running a Icon LA4MK3 Pre with a Gryphon amp ( sounds incredible ) and have run it with Bryston, Rotel and NAD with very good to great results. So I've had nothing but positive results driving SS amps with tubed pres. I guess it could be luck. :D

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