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Old 3rd January 2002, 12:37 AM   #1
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Has anyone listened to the Se Paramour amps from Electronic Tonalities. I am saving up for a pair to build. I have a pair of transmission lines at 92db 1w/1m. Just looking for some opinions. This will be my first foray into tubes and I want to do it right. All my SS is class A and I'd rather stay with that. Thanks
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Old 3rd January 2002, 02:54 AM   #2
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I listen to my Paramours every day.
In my opinion, you haven't heard your cd/lp collection until you hear it through single ended class a triode equipment. I ditched a pair of Magnepan mg1.6's, Threshold S300II amp, and bought 104db/1w/1m Klipsch Lascalas, and already assembled Paramours with all the upgrades but the transformers. I use Nelson Pass's Bride of Zen preamp, which I built myself several years ago.
I am in audio Nirvana.
The Paramours sound magical, but there 3.5 watts might not be enough for 92 db. efficiency, unless you have a small room, and / or listen to jazz or light rock / light Classical.
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Old 3rd January 2002, 03:58 AM   #3
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I have heard them with the Bottlehead Straight Eight and I think that they are about the best deal going in low power tubes.

Sweet midrange, smooth highs, decent bass and nice soundstage.

Easy to assemble and great factory support.


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Old 5th January 2002, 10:02 AM   #4
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I have a pair of Shahinian Obelisks that are 92db and SE 6BQ5s drive them just fine unless you want to flap the carpet. I can clip the amps easily but have found that it is too loud for prolonged listening at the clipping level even with full orchestra. Wagner or Steely Dan.....it all sounds good.
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Old 5th January 2002, 01:59 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I will go with the paramours and make a change to horns if neccessary.
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