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In Reply to: RE: Help With Amplifier Selection posted by Fishcat1 on February 10, 2017 at 09:29:22
Lots of good advice here. I have not heard that exact amp/speaker pairing but I have hear the speakers and amps in different systems. The Cary 805 is interesting because in many ways they do not sound like an 845 amp, rather they sound like a 300B on steroids (rich, big midrange, little sluggish sounding) IMHO. I say this because I think that could be complementary to the Virgoes which I think are a bit clinical sounding. I don't know what size room you have, what volume levels you use and what music you enjoy but I recall the 805 having both 4 and 8 ohm tap selector switch?
I think you hit upon synergy - It's not an automatic one amp is better than another - it really depends on the speaker. If he opts for the AN speaker - I would go for the AN amps and if he can't afford the AN amps - the Line Magnetics are very robust clean and have a lot of drive. Cary sounds too stereotypical tube on AN speakers IMO and it comes across as bloated and thick. On another speaker the Cary may be the better match.
I don't think any of it sounds bad - it really comes down to the sound you like. After all, all these makers make different tube output amps - so you also have to choose the specific tube type you like the best. After auditioning 3 similarly price monoblocks from Audio Note I found all three to sound rather astonishingly different from each other. (~8 watts) 2A3 parallel Empress monoblock, (~8 watts) 300B Quest monoblocks and (~2 watt 45 power amp. They don't really sound much at all alike and all three you could make a case for for being the best sounding. (I preferred the 45 and 2A3)
AMEN. Mixing and matching also works, but it takes patience and mistakes can be costly. My system(s) combine AN and Wavelength front ends, Blue Circle (BC) and DeHavilland preamps, AN, Fi, Ultra-Fi and Donald North Audio amps, and Tonian Labs and Stirling Audio speakers + assorted cabling from BC, AN, and Crimson. I forgot to mention BC power filters. In general, I'm pretty happy.
I also have found that AN preamps just don't work with my non-AN amps and that with AN you have to be careful about low- vs. high-gain amps. In relation to the gain in your preamp (if its non-AN).
I just spent several hours comparing the M3 and M6. JINRO as power amp with CD4.1 into 4.1 Fax to J/LX speakers with paper woofers.
I was not expecting the M6 to be that much better but I felt it was. I try to find fault here but there was none on any album I played. It was not thick or dark. Bass was both tight and layered and very deep. Treble was airy smooth layered clean open. Midrange was superb. I understand it may not be great with SS power amps or something but that says more about the SS amps. Maybe it's the new caps or MKIII version but it is a pretty much a final preamp IMO. Plenty of amps that should match
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