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post #16 of 65
Oh man i hope i dont drop so far down the tunnel, where $5k amps exist!!!!
post #17 of 65
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Originally Posted by Kabeer View Post
Oh man i hope i dont drop so far down the tunnel, where $5k amps exist!!!!
You will get there eventually

I figure i can afford it now so the love of efficiency in me calls for it instead of doing incremental upgrades where i'd incur a loss when I sell it again and eventually still end up deep in that tunnel
post #18 of 65
if you have the budget, go BIG. no question about it.
post #19 of 65
maybe check out the headroom max balanced, i really loved it with a set of balanced 650s or 880s. Rich and full of sound...i was in heaven.
post #20 of 65
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Originally Posted by tfarney View Post
Vinyl is pretty lovable. But you have to love it. You have to be addicted to its unique ambiance, and you have to love the tweaking and the cleaning and the shelving and the... - it isn't just a medium, it's a ritual. Once you've gone down the road of a computer as a source, with your entire music collection organized in software, at your fingertips, it is pretty hard to turn that ship around.

Tim

Its not as much work as you make it seem. Matter a fact if you like it more than any of the digital options.....its no work at all.
post #21 of 65
the MORE power, the better.
post #22 of 65
all you have to do to fall in love with vinyl is open your ears.

i would pick between the singlepower amps owning and having owned others and the millet (fully blind). I don't find myself getting into the ray-samuels home amp groove.
post #23 of 65
as good as some SP amps sound, i really wouldn't recommend ordering one. what do you think is a realistic time frame for a build of one of their higher end models - 10 to 12 months, or is that being too optimistic. if you can find one used in good working condition, that is one thing, but to buy new, i mean really now.

new, personally i would go with RSA or something else.
post #24 of 65
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Originally Posted by vcoheda View Post
as good as some SP amps sound, i really wouldn't recommend ordering one. what do you think is a realistic time frame for a build of one of their higher end models - 10 to 12 months, or is that being too optimistic. if you can find one used in good working condition, that is one thing, but to buy new, i mean really now.

new, personally i would go with RSA or something else.
Some of us would much rather wait (even though we hate the wait) and get the product we want. Than get something we dont find as nice because it gets there quicker.
post #25 of 65
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Yah i've taken into account how long it takes to get a new SP, its one of the reasons why I was more leaning toward the 307A. Will see though
post #26 of 65
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So far i've gotten almost equal votes for the amps I listed. This is going to be tough, wish i could hear them before I decide
post #27 of 65
I would suggest calling Ray Samuels and auditioning the B-52. You need to get to know your amp builder and then do an in depth listening of your music in your environment. Do this with any other amps you seriously consider. You will know if the amp is for you using this approach and not run from product to product and review to review.
post #28 of 65
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I guess I could ask Ray or Todd if I can audition their amps first but not quite sure if they do so. SP i wont be able to since its custom built
post #29 of 65
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Originally Posted by Uncle Erik View Post
Zana Deux and $3,000 on a turntable. The Zana is wonderful and $3,000 will get you a terrific vinyl setup. That means a lot more music, including stuff that was never released on digital.

If you're bent on spending it all on an amp, have a custom built. I'd recommend going for one of the popular DHT triodes, like the 300B or 2A3. You could even go for Western Electric exotica or cult underground tubes. It'd also be enough to have Electra-Print, Lundahl, or others custom wind transformers for your project. Get the best iron on the market. And spring for the $6 resistors at Michael Percy Audio... he has some pretty nice caps and other goodies, too.

If you're going to spend $5k-$6k, get the best. Don't settle for 12AU7 and 12AX7 tubes. Those were originally engineered for inexpensive consumer products - not high-end audio. You want meaty triodes, at least octal tubes. And insist on point-to-point wiring. For that amount of money, don't settle for anything. $2k can get you top shelf parts for a custom 300B. The rest could be spent at a machine shop getting the exact case you want, a few sets of tubes and a happy, motivated builder.
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post #30 of 65
I am a PROUD B-52 owner and cannot recommend this amp highly enough. Besides a TOP NOTCH balanced headphone amp, I absolutely love it as the centerpiece of my speaker system.
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