As some of you know, I got shot of all my S/S gear recently, Tom Evans Pre & Phono and a Chord power amp, and plunged into toobz in the shape of a Luxman SQ38U integrated.
This is a great amp, excellent sound , detail , build quality etc.
However, when I need to be a bit of a hooligan, the valves leave me feeling a bit lacking at times, just don't have the attack you need for some Zepp or Pumpkins.
I've now , when I'm feeling this need for some grunt, hooked up a solid state power amp from the pre out of the lux.
I'm really liking this combo, the lux valve phono/pre gives me detail and soundstage, the s/s power amp provides the slam and attack.
I think there are a few integrated amps out there that use this combo as standard?
You'll hear Angel Trumpets and Devil Trombones...you are invited.
Delphi/SME/Shelter/Trigon Pre&Powers/UR Unico/M-DAC/Zu Omen Defs/Squeezebox