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Old 7th May 2010, 04:13 AM   #1
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Default valves and metal cones= bad mating?

i'm wanting to get a tube amp for my pair of jim holt's statements. i've been coming across a comment or two about how the metal cone wouldn't be the best match for a tube amp due to it's revealing characteristics that seems to make the mids noticeably stand out. have you guys found this to be the general rule? the tube amp i have in mind is ming da 34-AB. Unit well reviewed for it's superb compatibility with just about any demanding speakers. however i do have it's 'micro' brother ming da 84a hooked up to the statements and it does sound nasally which i hope and suspect is due to it's lack of power (12w x2). what do you guys think? should i try out a full sized tube amp or go with a tried and approved mosfet+tube preamp? any experiences in running a tower with tube amps? please let me know. thanks.
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Old 7th May 2010, 05:18 AM   #2
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On the contrary - I think valves and metal cones are the best combination I've heard. You get the clarity of the metal cones without the hard edge of solid state amps with loads of feedback. I've heard and owned a few such systems - a good 300b SET into Jordan JX92 speakers is a great sounding combination, for instance. The best sound of all is a PP 300b amp into Apogee ribbons - again metal, though in this instance panels.

If you don't have a huge room, then look at a single unit speaker, and check out some offerings from Jordan and Mark Audio for instance, over on that forum. Then you can go for one of the many 300b amps available.

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i've been coming across a comment or two about how the metal cone wouldn't be the best match for a tube amp
People say all kinds of incorrect things.
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