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What Solid State Amps don't sound good with Klipsch Speakers?

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The original Adcom 555 was like nails on a chalkboard but the newer 5500 & 5800 sound very smooth. Having worked with the repair tech's at Bob Carver's repair shop I was told that a lot of brand new amps back in the '80's / '90's were shipped back because of hum / buzzing sound complaints from predominately Klipsch owner's. Having owned probably well over 100 Carver amps myself I've only experienced this a couple of times on my Chorus II's though.

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...Having owned probably well over 100 Carver amps myself...

 

Perhaps a synopsis of your favorite and least-favorite models, in terms of sound quality--especially when driving high efficiency loudspeakers like Klipsch--would be useful to others here.

 

There seems to be a lot of older Carver amplifiers and preamps that continue to pop up by users on this forum..

 

Chris

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I have been using a Marantz PM8004 integrated amp with my K-Horns and Heresy speakers as well as a pair of JBL L880 towers. These speakers are all on the bright side as you all know. This amp sounds very warm and seems to tame the brightness. I have a Teac DAC attached to it and running my iPod classic and even iPhone. I'm so surprised how good this sounds. Recently I decided to use my PM8004 as a Pre-amp and hook it up to a Marantz MM7025 power amp. The difference in sound was so amazing in a bad way. The sound was so clear and detailed and stereo separation was incredible. It was like listening to a completely different system. But now only very good recording sounded good everything else was harsh, bright and fatiguing on all speakers. 

IPod/IPhone was unlistenable. I bought the amp used but in very good condition (looks new). I ended up switching back to just PM8004. Right away sounded warm and so good. I'll try the amp in another system may be needs time to break in?  

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Probably THE worst Power amps ever, were a pair of big Kenwood L 09 Monoblocks, nails on glass on every speaker, pure torture on Klipsch.

 

 

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On ‎9‎/‎8‎/‎2015 at 4:19 PM, Khorn4 said:

 

 

I have been using a Marantz PM8004 integrated amp with my K-Horns and Heresy speakers as well as a pair of JBL L880 towers. These speakers are all on the bright side as you all know. This amp sounds very warm and seems to tame the brightness. I have a Teac DAC attached to it and running my iPod classic and even iPhone. I'm so surprised how good this sounds. Recently I decided to use my PM8004 as a Pre-amp and hook it up to a Marantz MM7025 power amp. The difference in sound was so amazing in a bad way. The sound was so clear and detailed and stereo separation was incredible. It was like listening to a completely different system. But now only very good recording sounded good everything else was harsh, bright and fatiguing on all speakers. 

IPod/IPhone was unlistenable. I bought the amp used but in very good condition (looks new). I ended up switching back to just PM8004. Right away sounded warm and so good. I'll try the amp in another system may be needs time to break in?

 

I found the mm7025 to be the clearest amp I've had in my system.  No hiss whatsoever.  I love my HK for two channel, even with a slight hiss, but that 7025 is so clean and clear.

 

I had an Emotiva XPA-3 I wasn't impressed with.  Don't know how to explain it, but it was bland IMO.

 

All were pushing ref ii's 

 

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What Solid State Amps don't sound good with Klipsch Speakers?

 

Answer: All of them!

Tubes rule!!!!

 

The Tube Collective (raised fist with red flag waving in the background)

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On 1/12/2018 at 7:44 PM, thebes said:

What Solid State Amps don't sound good with Klipsch Speakers?

 

Answer: All of them!

Tubes rule!!!!

 

The Tube Collective (raised fist with red flag waving in the background)

You should be banned for bringing this smack talk to the SS sub forum. :P

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3 minutes ago, Woofers and Tweeters said:

You should be banned for bringing this smack talk to the SS sub forum. :P

I've already mailed Marty a medal and letter of commendation.....

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1 hour ago, Woofers and Tweeters said:

You should be banned for bringing this smack talk to the SS sub forum. :P

You can smack me but I'm sure it would sound distorted, not at all like a real smack. Trust me I know the sound of getting smacked around by teachers, parents, girls and then women, quite well.

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1 minute ago, thebes said:

but I'm sure it would sound distorted

The result of years of listening to tube amplification no doubt.;)

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