Lush and Romantic Tube Amps

Hi All -

I am on a quest for a lush, warm and romantic tube amp. Ideally, it should be 75 watts and upwards. I’m in a large room and my speakers are 87.5 sensitivity and 8 ohm. The room is large. 

The system:

LTA preamp 

Innuous Zenith music server 

Merason Dac 1 

Cardas Clear cables 


Suggestions are welcomed. 


One of the early Conrad Johnson Premier amplifiers, like the Premier 3, would be a good fit (I know you tried the ART, this is much different).  Or a pair of older Jadis JA 80s using KT88 or EL34 tubes.

      The use of NOS British* tubes for input and driver/splitter positions, warmed things up considerably, for every customer that asked, back in the day.

       Amp's manufacturer didn't matter.

       Nor: whether octal or nine pin miniature tubes.

       The carbon composition resistors, used widely in older tube amps, gave them a warmer signature.    Even SS gear could be warmed up, by swapping those in for cleaner resistors.

                               *ie: Mullard, Genelex or Brimar

        Brent Jessee's site has a wealth of information, as regards the presentation of the valves available in the NOS market.


         You could warm up your existing system's presentation, by installing British valves in your LTA preamp, whatever your current amp.

The Decware ZMA with it's huge power supply would be a good choice for those speakers.  Closest you can get in a push-pull to the SET sound.


"Leben CS600"  "Decware ZMA"   - 32wpc and 40wpc amps for 87db speakers and a large room?


+1, anemic choices

The Carver RAM 285 I linked to above:


Power test at 1Kz produce 129w @ .25% THD+N.

85 WPC 18 Hz to 20 KHz minus 1 dB at less than less than .5% THD+N.