Dear Stereophile friends!
I am very pleased to become a member of this community, given the great reputation that this publication has. I am relatively new in the audiophile world, but I definitely know this is my passion! I started with this in 2007, and since then I have only had one system: an Audio Analogue PRIMO set with an integrated amplifier and CD player (www.audioanalogue.com) , and a pair of Paradigm Studio 60 speakers (www.paradigm.com). I have enjoyed them a lot, but I think it is the time to make an upgrade.
So about a month ago I purchased from a friend of mine a pair of Anthony Gallo Acoustics Nucleus Reference 3.1 floor-standers, and even though they are second hand they are just wonderful. However, they are a little bit inefficient (88 db sensitivity), and my 70 WPC solid state amplifier seems to have some difficulties moving them. It does well in the upper mid and higher ranges, but the bass is kind of weak and the sound tends to be too bright.
Costa Rica is not a market where you can find many options, but here you can get Audio Research (I think that´s good enough, right?!!!). I have a $5000 budget and I have been faced with two possibilities: I can either purchase a VSi60 integrated tube amplifier, or I can get a second hand VT100 power amp with an LS26 line stage. I know that this second option is more expensive and sophisticated equipment for the same price, but I am afraid about having to buy discontinued models. On the other hand, I´m worried that the 50 WPC integrated VSi60 will leave me with the same problem that I have now, so that I will still have poor bass performance.
I also have another concern. I have always heard that a good rule to keep in mind is that you should invest the same in your speakers as you do in your electronics. Thus, if you have a $10 000 pre amp and amp, you should spend a similar amount of money in your speakers. Assuming that this is logic, would I be going too far if I get the VT100 and LS26, considering that my Anthony Gallo´s are only a $3000 product?
I would very appreciate your thoughts. Kind regards!