Tube Integrated With Clarity

I’ve recently decided that I prefer integrated amps over seperates and I’m looking for another tube Integrated for my second system.  Not to long ago I purchased a demo Lab12 Integre4 and it really changed the way I looked at integrated amps. I’d be more than happy owning a second Lab12 but that’s just too boring.

I’m looking for a very fast and clear sound, yet retain the smoothness and liquidity of tubes. Not interested in amps with slow bass or overly smooth or rolled off treble.  I used to think extended treble and resolution resulted in brightness. I’ve learned over time that doesn’t have to be the case. I really think you can get a good dose of both without crazy money if you know what to look for.  It’s for a very small room so I’m open to anything from around 10watts plus. Current speakers are Totem Arro but looking to find a pair of Reference 3As or Fritz in the not too distant future.  

Budget is tops 4K but I’d prefer to spend less. So far I’m really interested in Linear Tube Audio as well as Octave. If I go with LTA I may buy a MZ2 and one of their power amps just because it seems cheaper.  With Octave I’m looking at V40 SE or V70SE. Hopefully with either I can find one that comes with their Black Box.  I’m guessing I may get some Audio Research suggestions, but I feel as great as they sound, value for your dollar is not the best. Also, I feel some of these other companies put more emphasis on developing integrated amps.  

As far as aesthetics I’m into a clean modern look. I think both Octave and LTA represent my preferences well. Anyways, I’m sure there’s plenty I’m missing and looking forward to some suggestions. 



I really like the LTA gear and the guys that run the company. My son lives right outside DC and maybe 10 minutes from their shop in Takoma Park, MD. If you are anywhere close, you should visit them in person. I did that and spent a few hours talking about their gear and listening. I met most of the folks working there, but alas, no David Berning. I am continually watching for their Z40 integrated used. Until then my Luxman L505 uXii fills the gap pretty well. One thing I like about their amps is that they drive their tubes very conservatively and project extremely long life for those expensive NOS tubes. good luck in your hunt!

Ayon isthe best built excellent sounding and use world class Lundahl transformers  and chokes ,and a very nice machined case , not cheap sheet metal like most ,

it is microprocessor controlled which monitors each individual power tube 

which tubes last much longer then then just averaging all power tubes combined 

just hit a button if a tube goes and ready to go , the spirit 3isvery good and uses Mundorf Preamp coupling capacitors on the output , made in Austria not China 

C core transformers are the world standard for top Tube Amplifiers , toroidal  transformers Never in Any world class tube product .


Wait, correct me if I am wrong here because I have limited experience with tube amps but when the OP says he wants something “very fast”, is he barking up the wrong tree with tubes? Articulate and smooth I can buy in to but “ fast”? You tell me.

@falconquest Higher powered tube amps from the likes of Jadis, Lab12, Leben, AudioNote, etc are certainly not lacking in the speed department.

I moved up from a SS Class A integrated to tube and my current amp renders electric guitars and drums much more convincingly than my previous SS. 

I like rogue and quick silver. Their integrated amps are pretty different from one another. Maybe one of them will strike your fance Both sound pretty good to me.