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Old 01-08-2021, 07:09 PM
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Soliloquy 5.0, no doubt. Very easy to drive. I used with a McIntosh MA6100 back in the previous century and was a good match, as they were with tubes. Soliloquy started out as the speaker arm of Cary before it was moved out on its own (for whatever reason). A very nice sound.
Yes, 5.0 in Rosewood. Besides a very pleasant sound, they were also good looking monitors. Some Dennis Had tube gear drove them as well as other small tube amps.
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Old 01-09-2021, 09:38 AM
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Bart, even better, one of each for the different rooms and still having a dozen more rooms for future systems as the inspiration comes. Oh and a butler to serve tea or something a bit stronger while listening.

Ha!
Well, as I like to choose and serve myself (and my better half) a nice single malt, you omit the butler.
And as you can listen to one system at a time, you can omit the other dozen rooms as well.
Hey wait, I see I'm already in audio nirvana!
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Ha!
Well, as I like to choose and serve myself (and my better half) a nice single malt, you omit the butler.
And as you can listen to one system at a time, you can omit the other dozen rooms as well.
Hey wait, I see I'm already in audio nirvana!
Agreed Bart. In reality, all you need is ONE that truly moves you. Not just an audio but many things in life. The rest is just noise, distraction and a temporary toy/pacifier for the soul that seeks more sustenance than materialistic possessions.
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Old 01-10-2021, 05:01 AM
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I have been pure tube in the past, and pure solid state... but I found the best combo for my listening and my ear is the tube pre-amp and solid state amp... specially with McIntosh where they deliberately make their solid state sound more tubby, and their tubes sound more SS... the fusion of the two works out to perfect for me.
Sam992, you have hit on a fact that I hope you hang onto. Mac SS amps with the autoformers sound tubey. I have said this repeatedly. 45 years ago I was so busy in the practice of medicine but I always had to have a hi-fi.

I had a Mac 275 amp. I was frustrated because I couldn't figure out if I wanted to turn it off or leave it on. I had DQ 10's. I bought a Mac 2100 which was a 105 watt per channel SS amp. I was struck by the similarity of the sound. I was totally satisfied by the sound of the 2100.I did not have the ultra expensive cables or cords. Essentially what you could buy at Best Buys of today but the sound was really good.

I favor smoothness and sweetness with as much clarity and resolution as possible. Can't abide a harsh mid or treble.

I must have bass and plenty of it. I never heard a 20 Hz note I objected to.

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p.s. One must realize that a speaker that has little to no low bass capability needs a sweet mid and treble and may benefit more from a tube amp because they can sound thin. Speakers with low bass capability to 20 Hz will inherently have a sweeter mid and treble because they tend to sound fuller. That has been my experience over the years. Speakers are a matter of taste. Many folks have low bass and bass power a low priority. Tubes cause what bass there is to sound fatter/fuller/deeper and provide the smooth mid and treble.

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"Well, if they're both designed correctly, they should sound the same".
There are several basic differences between tubes and transistors which contribute to their sound. 1) tubes generate even harmonics which are more pleasing to the human ear. 2) tubes are on until turned off by bias or signal level 3) transistors generate odd order harmonics which are less pleasing and 4) transistors are off until turned on by bias and/or signal.
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