Pre-amps and Amps

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Postby mullard88 » Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:08 am

Hi JackD201,

I just saw your post. I am in between trips and will be leaving in a few minutes. I will post some synergistic combination that I have experienced when I return next month.
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Postby leo » Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:56 pm

This pair I’ve heard on more than one occasion, and every time I do they mesmerize. They are quite detailed and very full of OOOMPH! The pair sounds open and very powerful. Music seems to just flow unrestricted and without harshness of any sort.

I love listening to this pair connected to the Aurum Cantus V7F.

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Postby spare_2_win » Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:58 pm

Uesugi U-bros 5
Quad 405-2
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Postby merlin » Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:12 pm

MF X-Pre and MF XA-50 8)
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Postby RHYTHM SECTION » Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:15 pm

audible illussion 3a and jolida mucical envoy power amp,natural sounding with authority. :wink:
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Postby amandarae » Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:45 am

I love my own but these I heard and really fits the bill:

1.) CTC Blowtorch driving a Nuforce amp or any other amp for that matter.

2.) Alaap preamp driving SET (45,2A3, 300B) amps with BIB horns or Edgar horns. Surprisingly, 845 base amps does not sound as good.

From my experience,

1.) ARC LS 16 and Odyssey Audio Monos or Threshold Stasis S500
2.) Supratek Chenin and ICE H2O amp, JE Labs 2A3/45, ATI 6012, Tono 300B, dynaco ST70.

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Postby egay » Tue Jun 17, 2008 6:58 am

merlin wrote:MF X-Pre and MF XA-50 8)


tol, if you can find an MF X-P100 and plan to retain your X-A50s - you're made!

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Postby keith » Tue Jun 17, 2008 3:24 pm

based on experience:

Lived with:
ARC LS16 mkI and Bryston 3B-ST (but ARC sounded best when NOS 6922s were used)
ARC LS16 mkI and Sun SV-2A3
ARC LS16 mkI and JE 300B monos

Tried out:
Modwright Pre and Sun SV-2A3
Modwright Pre and JEL 300B monos

For the longest time, I was looking for a pre (w/in the same price range) that would surpass the ARC's performance. I found it in the Modwright.
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Postby teamdriver » Tue Jun 17, 2008 4:27 pm

CJ MV52

Quicksilver mini mono

Ai dual mono 4x6922,4x12ax7 preamp. 8) :)
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Postby bass_nut » Tue Jun 17, 2008 5:20 pm

Jolida Envoy preamp + Plinius SA-50 class A s/s amp ==> full control from lows to mids & highs 8)
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Postby mullard88 » Mon Jul 07, 2008 1:12 pm

Hi JackD201,

For this listing, I will only list what in my experience I consider synergistic combinations between different brands of preamps or linestages and power amps. Here goes:

ARC SP3 preamp with McCormack amp
ARC SP3 preamp with Spectral DMA 100 amp
CJ Premier 14 linestage with Forsell amp
CJ Premier 14 linestage with McCormack amp
CJ Premier 14 linestage with Spectral DMA 100
Klyne SK 7 preamp with ARC 150.2 digital amp
Klyne SK 7 linestage with Spectral DMA 80M amps
Lamm L1 linestage with Forsell amp
Lamm L1 linestage with Spectral DMA 80M amps
Spectral DMC 10 preamp with Forsell amp
Spectral DMC 20 preamp with Forsell amp
Spectral DMC 20 with Lamm M1.1 amps
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Postby zetroce » Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:16 pm

Pre-amp : Audible Illusions Modulus 2-B

Amp : Dynaco Mark III - Stock/No Modifications


This combo works well for me. :D
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Postby pigdog » Sat Jul 12, 2008 12:09 am

HARANA YSABEL with ECC32 and ECC33 currently with the LEAK 12.1 and ALTEC LANSING 604 very beautiful combination!
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Postby amandarae » Sat Jul 12, 2008 12:28 am

pigdog wrote:HARANA YSABEL with ECC32 and ECC33 currently with the LEAK 12.1 and ALTEC LANSING 604 very beautiful combination!


Indeed!

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Postby ESaudio » Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:01 am

ESaudio wrote:COMBO 1:
My 2A3C SET-Parallel (monoblock) mated with my Musika preamp.


COMBO 2:
Trodt KT88 tube amp (integrated) mated with Mang Rod's TVC.


[c]COMBO 3:[/b]

Coming soon!!! :roll:


[c] Combo 3: my 6C33C-B PP/SET monoblock amp mated with Mang Rod's TVC/Musika preamp. :evil:
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Postby quarterback » Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:29 am

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Postby fld » Sat Aug 30, 2008 8:52 am

here are my experiences:

Dynaco Pas 3 - > Classe 70
Audible Illusions Modulus 3a - > McCormack DNA amps
Blue Circle pre amps- > Mccormack DNA amps, Krell amps, CJ tube amps, Pass Aleph, Plinius power amp
Jeff Rowland capri- > Mccormack amps
Presence audio Linestage- > Krell amps, CJ, Classe
Classe 6 pre-amp - > krells
FT Audio LW1- > CJ tube amps, Mccormack
Pass Aleph L pre-amp -> CJ, Krell, Classe amps
Jadis JPL-> Krells
Modwright SWL pre-amp -> Krells, Mccormack, BAT, Mark Levinson, Bryston
Gryphon pre-amp -> Krells

Benchmark Dac1 (pre usage)- > Jeff Rowland power amp
Bel canto pre-amp -> Mccormack, Krell
Audio Note M2- > Krells, AN tube single ended amps

Can't recall the others I have but will add when I remember what they are.
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Postby JackD201 » Sat Aug 30, 2008 10:55 am

Lamm LL2 Deluxe preamp with BAT VK-150 monoblocks

the combination combines BAT's famous image float with Lamm's grounded solidity.

Note: effect is less noticable when UPS driven :P Saksak mo sa Pader bro! :twisted:

Exemplar XP2 linestage and LSA Statement used as a poweramp. I heard this at FIM's room at CES. The preamp and amp are Winston Ma's personal units used to drive his Avalon Isis loudspeakers. Very liquid presentation with extremely low coloration. The only obvious colorations are trippy prismatic effects on decays. I attribute this to the Preamp. I'm familiar with the AMp and by itself it lacks this. The XP2 is on my wishlist and a candidate for preamp rolling. It is in the same league as my Lamm L2 Reference.
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Re: Pre-amps and Amps

Postby mullard88 » Tue Aug 11, 2009 10:11 am

Conrad Johnson Premier 14 linestage and Lamm M1.1 amps
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Re: Pre-amps and Amps

Postby mullard88 » Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:41 pm

So far, the Spectral DMC 30SS line stage, the Klyne SK 7 preamp and the Berkeley Alpha dac have been synergistic with the Lamm Reference M1.2 mono block amps.
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