40+ watts SET, cost is not a problem


Hope everyone is well here. I am visiting after a long time. I have a query on behalf of a close buddy of mine. He is using a pair of TAD CR1x loudspeakers. Gorgeous speakers for sure. The source is an EMT 927 TT & JPA66 preamp. For the amplification things are getting tricky. He has tried the TAD M700s reference power amp and while it sounds very controlled, it doesn't have the openness and dimensionality of tone that a good tube/SET amp provides. We are considering trying a good SET for this system. Given that TAD needs some power blossom well and expand on effortlessly, at least 40 watts of SET power would be needed. The quick choices are Kondo Kagura & Wavac HE833 Mk2. But I need more suggestions on these and other comparative products.

1. Has anyone heard the Kondo and Wavac gears to suggest a comparison? I am just a bit worried on the amount of Silver used in Kondo. I have normally found that silver takes away something from the flow and harmonics. Tell me more about it.

2. What other options can be considered in this realm? No SS please. Looking for SET options primarily.


Room size is moderate 17 x 13 feet. Music preferred are classic rock, jazz, pop and some classical



@pani The following suggestion will possibly be difficult for yourself to consider, but I will put it out on this forum once more.

The Pass Korg B1 Pre Amp, i its basic build Guise is very good in terms of the perception of Transparency it can produce when used with a Valve Power Amp.

The same designs using some of the well known schematic tweaks are exceptional Amps and quite able to fend of £Multi Thousand Pre Amp's which I know the have done.

There is not much monies required to experience this design as a Basic Model. 


I am not very familiar with the Audio Note Ankoru. Given its pedigree I’m sure that it is quite worthy. Best wishes for this endeavor.



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