Tube curious - Preamp or Integrated

ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,957
edited December 2017 in Wanted (WTB) Classifieds
I've only ever had my ears on solid state components since I was first exposed to "high end" audio back when I was a kid in the 90s (I'm only 33, be nice!) listening to my Dad's Onkyo integrated and Snell bookshelf speakers.

I'm looking to experience what tubes have to offer and want to purchase a tube preamp, which I will combine with a solid state amp (don't have yet, recommendations welcome), or just a tube integrated amp.

Let me know what you got! Thanks!


  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,131
    Budget? I assume this is to go with the 703s.

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,957
    Yep, for the 703s.

    Budget would be up to $1,500. Although I'm looking to not spend that much if possible, but all tube stuff seems so pricey :(
    DSkip wrote: »
    Budget? I assume this is to go with the 703s.

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,957
    edited December 2017
    Also I forgot to mention, I don't need/want a built in phono stage, headphone jack, or DAC.
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