Valve amps with bells and whistles?

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi and General Audio' started by Wingnut, Nov 25, 2003.

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    Wingnut

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    I've been thinking of going down the value route for a while now, and I would like to give it a go some time.

    Unfortunately, I also want the functionality of solid state amps - remote controlled volume and source switching, and a processor through switch so it run the front speakers if i decide to get a surround sound amp (dunno if this is a good idea with valve amps though)

    Also, my speakers are not particularly sensitive Linn Kan IIs, I think about 87dB, so it'll have to be something a bit beefy.

    Does anyone know anything that fits the bill, I'd be willing to construct it if required. Oh, the budget, under £1000 if possible.

    Cheers,

    Wingnut
     
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    LiloLee Blah, Blah, Blah.........

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    Forget it.

    Valve amps are the domain of stereo only, usually separate pre and power. I have an amp with remote and switching which I bought purely for this and will now start gutting the power side to get a better sound. Robbo has one which sounds great, but cost nearer £2000 2nd hand.

    Maybe an AV pre with a valve power amp, in which case look at WAD for the (kit) amp.
     
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    bottleneck talks a load of rubbish

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    Lee, that site on valves is absolutely ACE.

    NB for valves - just got a copy of hifi world..


    wilson valves, watford valves, langrex supplies, CVC all supply them by the shitload.

    wilson valves and langrex are my favorites but they are all good.

    Chris
     
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    adam

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    You could try a second hand Copland cta 402,make sure its a 402 and not a 401,they were £1600 new and should be under a grand second hand,the 402 came with a R/C but im not sure how comprehensive it was,it's a 35watter where as the 401 was 25 with no R/C,they do sound stunning,and have the build of a tank at 28 kg.
     
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