I just ordered some Schiit!

MWalt

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I just ordered the Schiit Freya+ preamp and need some ideas for a new amplifier to match up with it. Not sure if class A/B, class D, or class A is the answer. I just know that I want the power, drive and grip of a SS state amp to go with my new tube preamp. The Freya has balanced inputs, so it might be time for me to go that route as well. Anybody have some recommendations? I am trying to keep my amp budget under 2k.
 

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MWalt

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Speakers?
I have 3 speaker sets to choose from; ProAc Tablette 10's, Qacoustics 3050i's, or NHT SuperZero 2.1's. -2 subs; REL T/5i's or Rythmik F12

I can use the power amp section of my NAD C356bee integrated or the Allo Volt +D until I can find an amp. The new preamp/amp may end up in the bedroom system if it can't unseat the Primaluna Prologue Classic in the main.
 

Audionut

Next Round Is On Me
2 Vidar (power hungry speakers) or 2 Aegir “fairly” efficient speakers)? Never tried either but I’ve read that either is a great match. I do have the Freya OG and really like it.
Hmm, might look at the Aegir again.
 

MWalt

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2 Vidar (power hungry speakers) or 2 Aegir “fairly” efficient speakers)? Never tried either but I’ve read that either is a great match. I do have the Freya OG and really like it.
Hmm, might look at the Aegir again.
Yes, those are on the consideration list. I also was thinking of a hypex or purifi class D
 
The Dayens Ampino monoblocks might be an option. They use quality transformers and really let the natural detail shine in the music. Other options would include a used Pass Labs - they are not my cup of tea but many love them. Butler, Belles.... there are a lot of good options used at the $2,000 price point if you are savvy and patient.

I personally would avoid 'cheap' Class-D as a rule, but YMMV. I'm more of a good A/B amp kind of guy myself.
 

StevenZ

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Sounds like a lot of fun. I’d like to try the Aegir for myself. Where would you get a Purifi amp from?
 

MWalt

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Sounds like a lot of fun. I’d like to try the Aegir for myself. Where would you get a Purifi amp from?
VTV Amplifier – Pure Sound For the Ears

I have been eyeing the Aegir and the Vidar (and about 10 other class A or A/B amps). This all started for me when I decided to upgrade the bedroom system from the NAD C356bee. I bought the Freya+ because I have the versatility to change from jfet to tubes. Not sure where this ends, but I am sure having fun with it.
 

MWalt

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The Dayens Ampino monoblocks might be an option. They use quality transformers and really let the natural detail shine in the music. Other options would include a used Pass Labs - they are not my cup of tea but many love them. Butler, Belles.... there are a lot of good options used at the $2,000 price point if you are savvy and patient.

I personally would avoid 'cheap' Class-D as a rule, but YMMV. I'm more of a good A/B amp kind of guy myself.
Those Dayens Ampino monoblocks sure are affordable! I noticed they don't have XLR/balanced inputs? Which brings up another question. What advantage does a "balanced" set up afford you?
 
Those Dayens Ampino monoblocks sure are affordable! I noticed they don't have XLR/balanced inputs? Which brings up another question. What advantage does a "balanced" set up afford you?

It might be different at the high end, but for these price points I don't subscribe to XLR vs. RCA. Regardless of piece, if a unit offers both connections, a designer has to decide which connection will be prioritized and the other just becomes another input with slightly more distortion. In the past I have tried XLR vs. RCA and what I experienced was that when the cable was identical, the connection made little to no difference. When the cables were different, I always preferred, for instance, X over Y in either configuration.

If you are going for MUCH longer runs it might be a different story and XLR might edge out RCA. My tests were all done with cables 2 meters or less.
 
I was a Class D skeptic but bought Mike Ts Rogue Sphinx V2 (tube pre/class D amp with damping factor 600) about a month ago. Verrry pleasantly surprised. The damping factor seems noticeable, the amp section seems to be very fast sounding which works well with my speakers, but something to keep in mind with Class D amps, the high damping factor and how you think that will work with your different speakers. But this single data point says tube/class D combo is a very good combo, sounding like "better class AB, in general".
 

MWalt

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So far it's down to the Schiit Vidar, VTV NCore, or the Khartago. All US based companies which I try to support. The Khartago gets it hands down if I can get it in silver. Still waiting on a response from them.
 
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