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Within the last few years I've finally gotten away from tubes. I was Quicksilver, Aesthetix and Jadis. I now have only the Rhea phono that I'm about to put up for sale as I just don't want tube gear anymore for personal reasons. I do feel that many of them sounds OUTSTANDING.

I got into Ayre a few years ago with the small AX7e integrated and then upgraded to the AX5. Loved it, but when they upgraded to the Twenty series it took things to a new level. It was the first time I felt that I was listening to the best of tubes as well as the best from SS. As with any zero feedback design the bass won't always be quite as hammering as some other designers, but the control is much better to my ears. I like the Pass gear, but personally have a problem with the company. That's just me and doesn't take away from the nice products they sell. There are some really great SS companies and some not so great ones, just like anything else. In all price ranges you can get musical gear I feel.

It's totally different than what it's was years ago. With newer technology and components that use solid silver leads, companies can just modify great circuits or even come up with newer stuff like Ayre has as have some others. Depends on what you want to pay like anything else. Heck, I lived with a small NAD integrated running Proac towers for about 10 years and loved the sound for the TV room.

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