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Chunkster
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Looking at Integrated Tube Amps

I'm new to the hobby. Been lurking for a while, finally going to invest a little money. I come from a guitar background so tube amps appeal to me. I'm looking at the Jolida JD801BRC and the Rogue Cronus. What are your thoughts? I'm still auditioning speakers, so I can't give you a concrete answer on that yet (any suggestions?). Like most just starting out I'm on a budget (2-2500 amp, 2kish speakers). My primary concern at the moment is that my listening room is fairly large, with high ceilings 400 SF +- so I'm thinking I'm going to need a bit of power. I've got some room tuning to deal with too, but I'm not there yet. Some specific questions about the two amps I'm looking at. How is the phono section on the Rogue? What phone section would you recommend for the Jolida (keep budget in mind here). Are there any other amps I should be looking at? Am I opening a can of worms with tubes that I shouldn't be? What about my budget constraints? I'm spending too much on amp and not enough on speakers? My thought was buy the amp now, upgrade speakers later.

I know that's a lot pushed into one post, but I'd appreciate any advice.

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Jolidas are solid amps.

You could get the well regarded Jolida JD9 phono preamp to use with the JD801BRC.

A pair of Zu Omens would work great with a tube amp in your big room.

What sources other than a turntable are you considering?

Chunkster
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I'm not a CD person, but I

I'm not a CD person, but I will be running some sort of DAC at some point.  I'm really trying to sort out where to go with that but keep getting bogged down in amps/speakers.  I'm going to check out the Zu Omen's.  Thanks for the recomendation.

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