Tube Amps

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  1. Samuel Des

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    I've been considering purchasing the Antique Sound Lab Wave AV-8 tube amp to power my NHT SuperCenter. I am hoping that the tube amp's reputed warmth will help remove my occasional sibilance problems. But I wonder whether mixing solid state (HK AVR 7000) with a tube amp will produce "awkward" results. The AV-8 seems inexpensive enough for me to experiment, so I may simply purchase it. Anyone try a similar experiment?
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  2. John Kotches

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    I seriously doubt the AV-8 will be adequate to the task of powering an NHT speaker in a Home Theater environment.
    With 8-10 watts of output power, you wouldn't be able to drive the speaker very loudly at all.
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    Go to www.audioasylum.com and search through the Tube Asylum archives. There have been several discussions on SS pre/tube amp combinations, as well as the other way around, and the pros and cons of each. If I remember correctly, I believe the issue is primarily impedance matching - check the input impedance of the AV-8 and out output impedance (on the preouts) of your receiver, and makre sure they differ at least by a factor of 10. The more the better.
     
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    You can always search on ebay, and buy a mono-block Dynaco Mark IV for about $100.00, and I think it will be more than enough for your center channel.
     
  5. Samuel Des

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    Great resource, Saurav! Thanks for the info, guys. [​IMG]
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