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Originally Posted by complin View Post

The Quad II's and Radford''s did and excellent job in driving electrostatics like the Quad 57's


It might surprise many people to know that tubes/valves are still used/preferred widely in professional audio/recording including valve microphones, cutters, compressors etc....  i.e. EAR Yoshino, Manley Labs, Tube Tech etc...


True. In an absolutely cost no object ( and somebody else to take care of my valve preamps when they start "cooking", most likely/preferably during "it is now or never" take of some superb artist that presents itself once in a lifetime ... ) world I would opt for HSDs, as I call them.  In real world given budgetary constraints - no. Failing to make a once in a lifetime oportunity  recording due to HSD malfunction - double no.


Yet - if you have the doe, don't mind becoming VERY valued customer of the power plant serving your location, protests from the enviromentalists - and want absolutely the best sonics imaginable - and need a power amp, look no further than Krklec OTL mono blocs with 12 PL 519 tubes per channel.  A friend of mine has this behemoths and they simply mop the floor with anything else. If I undferstand it correctly, special built to order item only. From our neighbours, the Croatia.


Crackling sound of that many PL519s upon switching on, even more off - during the cooling phase, is simply - priceless. As it is the music played through this uber rare OTL in between.