Mission Audio M35i speakers
HK 3480 Receiver
NAD C521 CD
I auditioned my speakers on a Jolida tube amp and loved the sound, but when I hooked them up to my solid state amp it just lacked that special presence it had with the tubes. Now the bass is very smooth but the highs seem harsh. (Drums sound great, vocals and strings do not).
I'm pretty sure a tube amp would make me fall in love with the sound again, but would a $1000 solid state integrated amp give me the smoother mids and highs I want from tubes with the benefit of better damped bass? Where would the benefit be? I would be willing to give up a little of the low end for the presence I've heard with tubes.
I'd love to audition the PrimaLuna Prologue 1, but I think they only sell mail order.