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….. while i am a big fan of tubes… a great designer with ears can wring great …beyond great results with solid state to wit anything Ayre makes including the formidable R series and of course the M5 Vandersteen amplifiers and soon preamp. The details of execution : isolation, power supplies, circuit boards ( no highly variable random point to point ), discrete component selection, innovative circuits, massive overload headroom, protection circuits that don’t derail musicality…… volumes could be writte…..

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I use solid state amplification and am trying out a new DAC (SMSL SU-1.) I'm wondering if I can go all solid state. My MHDT Lab tube dac can add a touch of fuzziness and I have to turn it up louder to hear the details.

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I use a Music Reference tubed preamp and a Music Reference tubed power amp with my 5As.  Roger Modjeski designed and manufactured.  Beautiful, magical.  John R and Samir were here recently to re-install one of the crossovers I could not get back in, then "re-tuned" the speakers to the room.  Samir then played some tracks he knows, and simply said "Wow".  John said "that's what tubes can do".   

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9 hours ago, RWP said:

I use a Music Reference tubed preamp and a Music Reference tubed power amp with my 5As.  Roger Modjeski designed and manufactured.  Beautiful, magical.  John R and Samir were here recently to re-install one of the crossovers I could not get back in, then "re-tuned" the speakers to the room.  Samir then played some tracks he knows, and simply said "Wow".  John said "that's what tubes can do".   

Roger was awesome - RIP 😉

 

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I'm using my dac with a tube output again, the mhdt lab Havana. I believe it's an R2R dac too. Otherwise I have no tubes in my system. I tried a delta-sigma dac, the SMSL su-1 briefly with my Vandies, with very good results but after a few days my ears got tired and I went back to the tube dac. 

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I have to agree with Jim, it is all about circuit execution. Richard’s amps are amazing, I am using a McCormack DNA 1 with all the upgrades & am happy as a clam. System synergy is and your personal preference is what should drive the decision. I used to be an only tubes guy,  but my view has changed. You can’t tell me a D’Agustino is going sound worse than a Prima Luna amp cause it is SS.

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3 hours ago, Huang said:

I have to agree with Jim, it is all about circuit execution. Richard’s amps are amazing, I am using a McCormack DNA 1 with all the upgrades & am happy as a clam. System synergy is and your personal preference is what should drive the decision. I used to be an only tubes guy,  but my view has changed. You can’t tell me a D’Agustino is going sound worse than a Prima Luna amp cause it is SS.

And that the Vandy would also worse because it is also SS… 😃

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