I have had three of them through my systems over the years and changed more due to just wanting something different rather than for any real dissatisfaction. These are what the Audible Illusions website recommends as a replacement tube for their preamps. I recommend it highly for anyone who likes solid state amps though. Let's face it; we may have an audio room which is relatively quiet but may not be totally anechoic. The best results came from 4 nos Tungsram 6922. Happy to be part of the community and hope i can contribute as much as i receive. The same steps were repeated in a non-blind fashion with same results.
I will discuss only a few. I was able to dispel the myth of thinking at my dealership that art cannot be blended with performance. I did not know if it was a good idea to upgrade the current amp I have to this new circuit board and all the high end parts? Finally, I ordered the Premier 11A for my home. First, I'd have the amp checked out by a good technician -- best to know what's actually wrong with it, causing the hum which shouldn't happen. The improvement is very discernible. It matches well with Classic30. The Juicy Musics are great for the money but still out of my range so I started looking into used Audio Research pre-amps and Line stages.
I couldn't put my finger on it, and was totally mystified since I liked every aspect of the sound of the amp. There are lots of reviews on this site, reading them may help you decide. A tube-preamp friendly 100K input impedence and great sound. Therefore, I suggest that people should use their ears rather than price-expected-performance perceptions to evaluate equipment. I bought it because it found a mint used one at very good price. Currently, my focus is more towards assembling different components and building my own system that will perform great at a reasonable price. That would be the budget solid state amp I'd buy.
The voice was mellow, but the highs, I thought, were less than normal. I had to find out!! The unit is really well designed and well built. The ugly ducking grew into a swan. Remembering that with tubed preamps it's not the chassis, circuit board, or the resistors and capicators that make the amplification but rather the tubes, I pitched the Sovtek 6922's all four of them and waited until ebay had some premium tubes for sale. I have found the speakers work best when placed away from the walls. I also advise my friends about what components to buy based on their budgets and preferences. Seriously, that Threshold is a honey.
My experience with this line stage has been very positive. It'd be like refusing to eat at a 4 star restaurant. Also, my room is 14 x 21 x 8 and I do, on occasion, like to share my White Stripes and Beatles with the neighbors 3 houses down. During the period 20 hours of break-in, I did not listen to the system at all. I did not know if it was a good idea to upgrade the current amp I have to this new circuit board and all the high end parts? It is listed as a Stereophile rated Class A amplifier. The first thing I noticed about this amp is the naturality albeit slighty warm and smoothness of the sound.
I felt as if the guts of my system were lacking. If you have been satisfied with the sound 'till now, may be the tech can fix for much less than any of these upgrades. The Premier 11A is not only faithful at reproducing the original sounds, but is also very infectious. This is a hybrid tube + solid state line stage pre-amplifier and can be upgraded to phono. For some reason people think that pleasant aesthetics and great sound cannot be found in the same equipment. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees. I would trust a Bryston to deliver more power into that load however and have very good bass.
Incidentally - any suggestions gratefully received! But, on the other hand, the unit can provide really thunderous bass in movies. The rest of my system is already described above. Is there not enough power to get your speakers to a reasonable volume? The results were the same with Thiel 1. The amp is quite heavy with three transformers mounted in the back in a row. This significant upgrade there are 16 larger caps changed will ensure you are listening to the amp in its proper electrical state. The Primare is a bit warm in its own regard but the combination was a little over the top. They are hard to find under a grand.
This amount is subject to change until you make payment. I can't imagine an amp being better. Just a wonderful sounding tube. It had the sharpest snap of all the amps I tested, but its tinny mid-range always drew my attention to the fact that I had an amp sitting on my shelves. I'm not that concerned about the extra money. The speakers are very neutral.