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    Shopping for new Integrated Amp

    Went to the Polk Speakers forum and got sick of the ignorant pin heads that post there. Figured I could get some honest feedback here.

    I've always like the tube sound but don't have the budget to get an expensive amp. I've found out that some new affordable models have just been out for a couple of years and I would like to know if anyone has used these, knows of anyone that has used these and can offer some feedback. These are not hybrids.

    GemTune X-1 Class-A Tube Amplifier with 5Z4P*1, 6N9P*1, EL34-B*2 ? GemTune Online

    MP-301 MK3 Mini Tube Amplifier with Headphone Output (Deluxe Version)

    Will also be shopping for one new pair of speakers as well. Plan to still use the Jamo 68 three way bookshelf speakers that I own presently and perhaps the Mirage OM 10 towers if I end up buying another house which allows me to put the OM 10's into a dedicated listening room. Can't use them in my current home. Will post about this subject in the speaker forum next.

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    Forum Regular blackraven's Avatar
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    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Can't say that I can help you with either of those amps. You will need some efficient speakers with either of them to get any decent volume with good dynamics.

    If no one here can help you check out the Audio Circles forum.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    Forum Regular harley .guy07's Avatar
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    Aug 2009
    Springfield, Mo
    I know nothing of these brands but most of the people I have spoken to about affordable tube audio seem to like Jolida. they are not quite as inexpensive as the ones you mentioned but I know Jolida carries a very good reputation for reliability or that I have heard about. There might be some on here that don't like Jolida and I am no tube expert I am just going by what I have read and heard.

    Jolida | Manufacturers of Quality Tube Audio Products

    Marantz SR5008(HT)
    Nu Force P8 Preamp (2 channel)
    Pass Labs X150.5(2 channel)
    Adcom 545 mk2 power amp(rear channel amp)
    Spatial Audio M3 Turbo S Mains Speakers
    Dayton 8" HO custom sealed subwoofer(2 channel)
    Yamaha NS-c444 center channel
    Emotiva ERD-1 surround speakers
    JBL e250p subwoofer highly modified
    Samsung 46" LED TV
    OPPO BDP-83 blue ray/multi format player
    ps-audio NuWave dac (2 channel)
    Dell I660 music server running fidelizer windows 8 audio optimizer
    PS Audio Quintet power center

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