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Old 18th July 2018, 03:14 AM   #11
Hextejas is offline Hextejas
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Originally Posted by rayma View Post
Which speakers do you have? They may not be compatible with a low power class A tube amp.
What other equipment do you have now, turntable, cartridge, receiver, since some of it
may be worth keeping.
The speakers are KEF C80 and horribly inefficient. The turntable is all I have now, a Rega Planar 1. I have a Nad tuner that doesn't work and I am in the process of trying to repair it.
So, for now, I am only considering a phono preamp.
I think that I read a glowing review of an Akita ? I might have that name wrong but it is close.
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Old 18th July 2018, 03:22 AM   #12
rayma is offline rayma  United States
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Originally Posted by Hextejas View Post
The speakers are KEF C80 and horribly inefficient. The turntable is all
I have now, a Rega Planar 1. I am only considering a phono preamp.
I would get a used $100 receiver or integrated amplifier (with a phono stage) locally or on ebay so you have music, assuming your Rega has a working arm and cartridge. Then build up your system as you can, and later sell the receiver. Forget about the class A tube amp though. Not with those speakers.

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Old 17th September 2018, 12:14 PM   #13
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Your not going to get any definitive answers. Everybody has had different experiences. I have found if you match your amp to your speakers and treat them pretty much as partners, then go from there and add a preamp whos output is good with them amp, you will do pretty good. I made so in my friends clinic Human Growth Hormone Therapy Doctors in Fort Lauderdale. As far as effecting the overall sound I find the preamp can make the most difference. So I would work backwards from the speakers. Pick your speakers and an amp that have had good results (history) together and then start looking for a preamp.
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