Digital integrated alternatives to SET tube system


Recently I have been contemplating moving over to an all in one digital set up for my front end such as the Lyngdorf 2170 or Devialet 200 etc.  I have read the entire 2170 thread.

I currently run a tube pre to a Line Magnetic 508 (upgraded tubes on both) to Audionote AN-E Lx/He speakers (ANK kit 003). My source is mainly digital consisting of an Aries Mini running USB to my DAC. All interconnects are solid core silver.

I absolutely love the sound of my current set up but I don’t have any local dealer support or anywhere to test tubes etc. Any time I hear something "off" in my system, I’m reminded of this fact. Also the convenience factor of an all in one would be great and I’m sure my wife would agree!

I’m really looking for something that will sound amazing with my Audionotes. Most reviews I’ve found on these types of amps don’t really speak much on using them with high sensitivity speakers which makes sense in most cases. I do of course realize I will be giving up certain SET/tube characteristics.

I really like the Room Correction feature on the Lyndorf as well as having a few different EQ settings to play with, although they are "pre set".


1) Price $4600 US or $6000 Can used.

2) Must play nice with high sensitivity speakers and maintain dynamics/soundstage at lower volumes.

2) USB input would be a plus.

3) May or may not have an internal DAC.

4) I don’t like a lean/thin sound or truncated highs.

Please give me your recommendations and thoughts. Thanks.

@grannyring Thanks Granny. I've followed along on your 2170 comments and your DI mods as well.  Great to have some comparison with higher efficiency speakers.  Really like the fact it can maintain composure at the lower volumes.
Thanks I have  the walnut. I bought the show demo and got a nice price.
if you  did want one you could probably buy direct and get a good deal.
best of luck in your search .

I did the same thing recently,  moving from a VAC integrated all tube to the Micromega M100.  I had also used a 300B amp in the past.   I’m very happy to have made the switch.  Just turn it on and play music.  No bias or warmup.  And the M100 with the room correction sounds fantastic.  I have fairly sensitive speakers (Silverline Sonatinas) and the M100 is warm and dynamic with great presence.  I’ve heard the
at the Devialet is brighter and thinner although I haven’t heard it personally.  
Hmm well FWIW I was considering trying a SET or similar tube integrated and high efficiency speakers in my second system but decided to give the latest and greatest Digital Integrated amp technology a shot first. I picked a Bel Canto C5i a couple years ago and never looked back.