Originally Posted by gus6464
So you think that tube pre section paired with SS amplification is the way to go?
I don't have an absolute for you. Every person seems to hear something different. Everyone's room has different effects on their equipment. There are many people on here who make absolute statements on audio gear and in some instances, it's justified. However, with the question you are asking me, there are no final answers IMHO.
I do know that many of the Dali demo's by the company itself, use Cary equipment and it always seems to be tubes. Personally, I think the advantage of a separate line stage pre pro in a combined system works wonders. However, there are people that have purchased a pre pro and thought it was not any better then their original equipment of a sole receiver or SSP. I think Diamond's son uses all Conrad Johnson equipment in his setup. Maybe he can chime in with an opinion.
Personally, what I always attempt to create is a clean, clear, accurate sound, lots of detail without any edge. My room is not ideal in the sense that it's 11 X 13 and those dimensions are not conducive to a prime environment. I have treated the room via GIK treatments and I am still in a state of what's next. With the tube pre, the sound stage is wider, deeper and there is much more detail then with my Halcro SSP analogue outs. However, considering the price of the ACT-2, there should be a difference and it should not be subtle, which it is not.
A lot depends on what you want to do. If you want to focus on two channel then I'd suggest a tube line stage with a 2 channel amp and maybe a sub. If you want a combined system I'd suggest the tube line stage, separate solid state amp and an SSP with the latest technology. It's the best of both worlds in that scenario.
Others may see it quite differently. That's the beauty and the beast of what we do.