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I am after amp suggestions to run my Troels Gravesen DTQWT mkQlll . http://www.troelsgravesen.dk/DTQWT-mkIII.htm
These are listed at 94db and 4ohm so power should not be an issue. I am thinking solid state with a budget somewhere around 5 - 8k. I am presently running chord cutest to PrimaLuna Prologue pre and Cawsey 15 class mono blocks. I have also had a PrimaLuna Prologue power amp in the setup. 

 

- General listing volume around 70db 

- Room size 6m x 10m 
 

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1 hour ago, camross said:

I am after amp suggestions to run my Troels Gravesen DTQWT mkQlll . http://www.troelsgravesen.dk/DTQWT-mkIII.htm
These are listed at 94db and 4ohm so power should not be an issue. I am thinking solid state with a budget somewhere around 5 - 8k.

 

What power do you call "low power", Cameron?

 

The fact they are 4 ohm means the amp needs to have a serious power supply.

 

I would think Hugh Dean could provide a NAKSA 80 (modified to drive 4 ohms well) for around $2k.  This is nominally about 65w into 8 ohms ... rather than the 80w the stock NAKSA 80 delivers (into 8 ohms).

 

As you're in Melbourne, with the 5k radius lifted, you might be able to audition one from Hugh.  If Richmond is closer, I could lend you one of my NAKSA 80s that's quite happy driving my 2 ohm ribbons.

 

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I am presently running chord cutest to PrimaLuna Prologue pre and Cawsey 15 class mono blocks.

 

 

Do you mean 15w & Class A?  If so ... why do you want to change?

 

Andy

 

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12 hours ago, andyr said:

Do you mean 15w & Class A?  If so ... why do you want to change?

Hi Andy.

 

Yes I am running Class A 15 watt. A using the two different amps for some time now I feel they both have strengths and weaknesses. I keen to try something that may be better. As far as low power I guess anything under 100 watts, I just didn't want recommendations for 400w Mono block beasts.

 

I was thinking something like the below or a First Watt.

 

 

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What is it about the sound that you want to change? What do your current amps sound like? What are you wanting from the new ones? Do you want the sound brighter/faster/warmer/more detailed etc. Do you really want mono blocks or is a stereo power unit ok?

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The fact that’s it’s 4ohm I think you better have a big amp with enough current to drive it. 

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On 27/10/2020 at 2:43 PM, camross said:

I am still learning about the different power requirements in relation to sensitivity and Ohms. But reading around it looks like the Pass Labs XA 25 would be a good fit.

 

https://www.passlabs.com/products/xa25/

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Having lived with an XA 30.5 all I can say is I think they are fantastic amplifiers. Word on the street seems to be the 25 is better again.

 

Rich and full, sweet but detailed, magnificent bass, nuanced , tonally complex, brilliant. I needed more power but I would be shocked if the 25 doesn’t have plenty on tap to drive your speakers. If a 30.5 shows up second hand I would jump on it. Never missed a beat, great build quality. You might get the idea I like ‘em.

 

Otherwise Audion Silver Night PSE, holographic, fast , wonderful. 18 Watts works where 8 fails.

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17 minutes ago, Ooogh said:

 

Otherwise Audion Silver Night PSE, holographic, fast , wonderful. 18 Watts works where 8 fails.

 

 

18w, eh ... providing your spkrs are easy to drive.  xD

 

Andy

 

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16 minutes ago, andyr said:

 

18w, eh ... providing your spkrs are easy to drive.  xD

 

Andy

 

Hi Andy,

 

94 dB 4 Ohm load.  It depends on how reactive the speakers are, if it is a fairly consistent load I can see no reason why they wouldn’t work via the 4 Ohm tap. I have heard them drive a plethora of speakers, they deal with NS100’s easily.

 

Cheers,

Hugh

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Sharing my 2 cents worth as well. Get yourself a low-powered valve amp that has an 8 ohm tap and also get yourself a pair of speltz autoformers. With the autoformers set your speakers to the 2x setting so the load on the OPTs see nominal 8 ohm rather than 4 ohm. You will be hard pressed to find low-powered Class A SET valve amps with 4 ohm taps.

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On 27/10/2020 at 4:16 PM, blakey72 said:

What is it about the sound that you want to change? What do your current amps sound like? What are you wanting from the new ones? Do you want the sound brighter/faster/warmer/more detailed etc. Do you really want mono blocks or is a stereo power unit ok?

 

I just found that both Amplifiers had different strengths and that I may be able to get the best of both in a different amplifier. My heart says warmer and my head says more detailed.

 

I am not fussed on if they are mono blocks of a Stereo amplifier.

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On 28/10/2020 at 8:37 PM, Ooogh said:

Having lived with an XA 30.5 all I can say is I think they are fantastic amplifiers. Word on the street seems to be the 25 is better again.

 

Rich and full, sweet but detailed, magnificent bass, nuanced , tonally complex, brilliant. I needed more power but I would be shocked if the 25 doesn’t have plenty on tap to drive your speakers. If a 30.5 shows up second hand I would jump on it. Never missed a beat, great build quality. You might get the idea I like ‘em.

 

Otherwise Audion Silver Night PSE, holographic, fast , wonderful. 18 Watts works where 8 fails.

 

Sounds like the XA 25 is a little better than the 30.5. Depends on what you read , some seem to suggest it is a little cold and over detailed. I am going to try and get out and listen to one this week. Unlikely one will turn up second hand though.

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On 28/10/2020 at 11:54 PM, xlr8or said:

Sharing my 2 cents worth as well. Get yourself a low-powered valve amp that has an 8 ohm tap and also get yourself a pair of speltz autoformers. With the autoformers set your speakers to the 2x setting so the load on the OPTs see nominal 8 ohm rather than 4 ohm. You will be hard pressed to find low-powered Class A SET valve amps with 4 ohm taps.

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 At this stage I am trying to stay away from a Valve amp but this may change down the track.

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New there are quite a few options around but not sure any of them will be better than what I have. I would rather buy second hand.

 

Jeff Rowland 525

Moon Neo 330a

Plinius P10

Plinius SA-103

Pass Labs XA 25

Sudgen FPA-4

 

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First Watt F7 and First Watt SIT - 3, also made by Pass Labs. Both will drive your speakers without breaking a sweat. Hardest choice will be between them and the X 25.

 

With 70 dB listening levels you could probably include the First Watt J2 as well.

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1 hour ago, Eggmeister said:

Would Garry Cawsey be able to "tweak" what you have  ?

Yes I am looking at one of his newer amps as well. I recently swapped out RCA cables to one of Garry’s better cables. This made a huge difference far more detail and the sound stage increased greatly.  

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1 hour ago, MattyW said:

My choice would be between one of High Dean (Aspen Amplifiers) or a Pass Labs amp.  :)

I will look into Aspen amps I definitely like the idea of First watt or Pass labs. 

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