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Tube Integrated Amps - where to start?

I recently picked up a working 1940s GE-J105 floor radio and find I *love* the sound that its tube amplification produces. It sounds great for old mono recordings (Jazz & Blues & Country) but not stereo recordings and particularly not for modern rock and so its not a complete replacement for my existing hifi.

But the warm sound it produces has got me interesting in tube amps and so I'm considering replacing my aging but still completely functional Rotel RX-1050 with an integrated Tube Amp.

However I don't know where to start and so I want to do more research. Any recommendations on good sources of info for Tube Amps in general and integrated Tube Amps in particular?

Or recommendations in the $1500-$2000 range? Is it worth looking at vintage tube amps?

(I'm not planning to replace my B&W 602S3 speakers or my Rega RP1 or Oppo BDP-105 sources).

thanks in advance for any pointers or advice
mark

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Hello!

That’s awesome! The world of tubes is interesting one to say the least…your speakers, turntable and CD player are all very solid choices. I love my Oppo BDP-103!

So this won’t have the mesmerizing glow of some traditional tube amps…but the Rogue Audio Spinx V3 sounds right up your alley. If you want to go up in the price range the Rogue Cronos Magnum III is a mutant! Tremendous sound for the price! You can find both at Audio Advisor. Great direct consumer retailer.

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Thanks!

Thanks for the advice. I'll take a look at the Rogue amps.

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I suggest that you look at the Vincent Integrated amps, which use tubes in the preamp.They have one for $999 that might be what you want. They also have higher powered ones for a bit more money. Audio Advisor has details on them. Vincent offers superb sound for the money IMO.

markbou wrote:

I recently picked up a working 1940s GE-J105 floor radio and find I *love* the sound that its tube amplification produces. It sounds great for old mono recordings (Jazz & Blues & Country) but not stereo recordings and particularly not for modern rock and so its not a complete replacement for my existing hifi.

But the warm sound it produces has got me interesting in tube amps and so I'm considering replacing my aging but still completely functional Rotel RX-1050 with an integrated Tube Amp.

However I don't know where to start and so I want to do more research. Any recommendations on good sources of info for Tube Amps in general and integrated Tube Amps in particular?

Or recommendations in the $1500-$2000 range? Is it worth looking at vintage tube amps?

(I'm not planning to replace my B&W 602S3 speakers or my Rega RP1 or Oppo BDP-105 sources).

thanks in advance for any pointers or advice
mark

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Thanks

Thanks for the suggestion I will look at the Vincent amps as well

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Buy This

https://elusivedisc.com/cayin-a-55t-tube-integrated-amp/

If you need the phono connectivity within the integrated, then this one

https://elusivedisc.com/cayin-a-50t-mkii-tube-integrated-amp-with-mm-phono-stage/

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I have a Mystere IA-11 EL34

I have a Mystere IA-11 EL34 tube integrated amp made by sister company PrimaLuna. It is superb w/ great detail, airiness, soundstage, and bass. They can be difficult to find, but PrimaLuna is readily available w/ one model for $2k.

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