Been searching and searching ... many posts, but not much for a "newcomer" to tube amps
Tried a (cheap) 23W/ch Pilot 230 tube amp in my small "stereo test room," and wasn't impressed. Although the sound was "different," I preferred my Marantz 1060 hooked up to Forte's and KG4's there.
Went through pages and pages in the "garage sale" section, but so far no luck. Also ... sorry, but am too cheap to get a Mac 275 (locally at $6000) just to "try it." Looking for a good tube amp for $500-$1000. Any comments are appreciated.
I am running a 5.1 system and have no real desire for Atmos and buying more speakers, etc. I have no idea which version of Audyssey I'm running. All I can see is Audyssey MultEQ dynamic volume. I would say my room is very well dampened with thick wall to wall carpet and a few couches. Nothing on walls to cut down or absorb any harshness. Not so sure the Audyssey is working correctly. This was the first time I calibrated the system and got a low subwoofer level where I had to crank it up 5db. I calibrated twice with same results. When I had the Def Tech subwoofer I had to back it down. Doesn't make sense to me.
If you write it as -s+s, then yes. But it could equally be interpreted as -s-s, which would equal -2s. Of course we would have to define reverse sarcasm, which on its face would be defined as no sarcasm. So, the jury is still out on this.
I hear you, I have heard some positive remarks about combining SS and tubes though. As the SS would only be for the woofer I'm thinking it could work quite well with the tubes. At the moment I'm gonna be feeding the 6 channels with a Marantz AV/receiver. Reason for going active is because it looked cheaper than the passive (+I have a different horn than the K-401, so I need a different cutoff). A plan I might try out is using a decent SS (maybe something like a second hand Emotiva xpa-3) and a 6 channel tube Amp like the Musical Angel Meng X5 and use that combo to power both the fronts and center