As a starting point, Monbrison used or new…it holds a sweet spot in their lineup. Regret selling mine from Ken Shindo era but I know at some point I will be buying the Shindo gear once I make a switch to field coil speakers.
I’m not sure you are a victim.
I think your lusting is probably justifiable. I have been an audiophile for over fifty years. I have methodically researched and upgraded my systems over that time. My tastes have slowly and consistent moved towards the musical warm side. You can see my current systems under my ID.
While I have been attracted to tubes… reluctant as well. Now, I am completely dedicated to tubes… and it has propelled the sound of my system to be what I always wanted.
I have lived in Japan for over two years. I really appreciate the aesthetic and commitment Japanese dedicate to a passionate discipline. For instance I have collected fountain pens from around the world of all time periods. The Japanese fountain pens are only comparable to the vary best Italian. True passionate achievements of endless iterations to achieve perfection.
I would absolutely commit to put together a Shindo system. If I had another space… perhaps a smaller one… I would absolutely do it. I am sure you will be rewarded handsomely. If you do, keep me in the loop. I would love to hear how it goes.
@ghdprentice thanks for your note. I've heard a bunch of great solid state gear but the tubes always call me back. Shindo + DeVore seems to be a match made in heaven so.i can't wait to give it a go .looks like you are also a headphone kunkey like me. Not enough of us head-fi and two channel folks.
Nice change moving from the Manley to Shindo! As mentioned above, the Monbrison is generally the "go-to" pre for lots of Shindo setups as it offers a lot of what the uber expensive Shindo pres have sound wise. But I also really enjoy the Aurieges as much more budget friendly option.
Thanks for the feedback. The o/93s have landed and they sound fantastic. Lots of body and presence. While I love the sound of SET amps, particularly my 300b monos, I don't think they optimally drive the 93db DeVores so I will probably swap for another power amp. Any recommendations in the Shindo line I should be looking at?