What is the one amp you would love to have

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  1. nj pheonix

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    That'd cool!
    Great spec set too!
     
  2. Poultrygeist

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    I would love to own this Yamamoto A06-3 which uses the very rare AD1 tube. The AD1 is said to out perform the best 2a3 and 300B tubes in it's extreme linearity and is considered by many ( especially in Japan where it's a cult tube ) to be the highest evolution of the direct heated triode. The A06-3 makes 4 watts per channel but you can bet that all important "first watt" doesn't suck. :D

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  3. 04blackmaxx

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    Anything by MBL, that stuff is the creme de la creme
     
  4. TEA FOR ONE

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    Just a humble desire,a First Watt F5,or J2. I just sold my F5 clone so I can pay off some debt,and make that a reality.
     
  5. E-Stat

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    Nice choice indeed. Are you aware of the F7?
     
  6. TEA FOR ONE

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    The F7 has received some great reviews,however,I am running a passive pre amp,and I don't think that the F7 has enough gain.
     
  7. Off topic, but I can't help but mention that the dogs in your member photo are simply adorable.
     
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    Off topic, but I can't help but mention that the dogs in your member photo are simply adorable.

    Thanks KDAC. They spend a lot of time in the listening room with me.
     
  9. Djcoolray

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    A rocks throw from JBLM !!!!
    I would love to have two Marantz 8b's and an era correct McIntosh preamp to power two pair of B&O 801's...
     
  10. maxhifi

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    This is easy. I could have ANY amplifier in the world?

    Pair of Western Electric 92A.

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    Either this or something similar from RCA's catalog.
     
  11. ilusndweller

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    Deleted as I posted gear from the 80s.
     
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  12. biscuithead

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    It would be a toss up between these two:

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    Or the prized Douk :)
     
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  13. dondoucette

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    A pair of McIntosh MI-350's would be the holy grail for me.
    As for SS amps I'd have to go with a pair of pass labs XA200.8
     
  14. lightcapture

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    I've not heard enough good amps to make a definitive choice, but I do like the sound of the Cary tube and McIntosh solid state amps I've heard.
     
  15. Wildcat

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    I'm going to say, after much thought, that the Premier 8 monoblocks are the ones I would ultimately want in my main system. 275 watts each.

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  16. BillJGW

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    Cost no object, electricity (including air conditioning) and tube replacement costs be d*****d, Atma-Sphere MA-3 Mk. 3.3 OTL monoblocks. 500 watts of Class A, all-triode, fully differential goodness per monoblock, plus enough heat for a moderately sized house.

    I once owned an all-Atma-Sphere system including MA-2 Mk. 2.3 monoblocks. They were far and away the finest power amps I have heard in my life. I can hardly imagine what the MA-3's must be like.
     
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  17. Mamrak1

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    If I had the space, I would take a pair of these... IMG_0033.JPG
     
  18. E-Stat

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    Ralph does make good stuff. I heard a pair of MA-2s driving speakers like mine - sounded wonderful. It would make an interesting shootout between the MA-3s and VTL Siegfrieds. :)

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  19. BillJGW

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    This was some years ago when I listened to them but I once drove from Milwaukee to the Twin Cities to hear a pair of Vienna Acoustics Mahlers at a brick and mortar store. They were being driven by a pr. of big VTL monoblock amps (can't remember which ones, but not the Siegfrieds). To be honest, I don't know if it was the speakers or the power amps, but I was not overly impressed. I do remember it sounding congested. I listened for about an hour with a wide range of music I brought along. IMO, the Atma-Sphere amps are the clear winners. They are super fast, extremely clear, have unbelieveable bass response, and the list just goes on and on. They do have their drawbacks, those being they require a one hour warm-up to sound proper and they put off tremendous amounts of heat.
     
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