Tube pre/SS amp to replace Plinius 8200 integrated


Hi everyone,

I'm contemplating replacing my integrated with a tube preamp and SS amp. Can anyone make any recommendations? Looking for the typical warmth, harmonics, air, etc. for mostly jazz, classic rock and classic alternative. My particulars are listed under "system." Any input is greatly appreciated. I'd like to purchase used and keep the budget under $4k combined. After this, I figure I'll work on speakers. I say that because my wife likes the soliloquys more than the other options I considered (also listed under "system.") Thanks!
portugal11
Used to have the Plinius SA100 MkIII (1.7k used) with a Joule LA100 MkII (1.5k used). This was a really nice match and sometimes I wish that I had kept them both. My musical tastes are similar to yours and speakers were Merlin TSM-MX's.

good luck
YOU MIGHT LOOK AT A VINCENT HYBRID INTEGRATED, WHICH SOUNDS FANTASTIC AND MELDS THE WARMTH OF TUBES WITH SS OOMPH. VERY GOOD VALUE.
I suggest you combine a conrad johnson tube pre (premier 17ls have been steals recently) and a Marantz SM 11s1 amp. They match ok physically and are sonically beautiful together. The Marantz would be more than enough power for your soliloquy's. If you change speakers,you can later add a second SM 11 and run them as mono blocks which is what I do for my B&W N802's.

Just my two cents worth. I have tried going back to all ss but keep returning to tube pre's with ss amps.

Regards,
Paul
I've owned both the Soliloquy 6.2's and the Plinius 8200 MkII. Strongly suggest you upgrade your speakers first as they are undoubtedly your weakest link (IME). Suggest you try Dynaudio Contour S3.4's ($2,500 used)... would be a significant upgrade over the Soliloquy's and they'd be a decent match with the Plinius 8200 integrated... and they will respond favorably when you upgrade your amplification down the road.

After selling my Plinius integrated, I went with a Plinius SA-102 amp and a Aesthetix Calypso pre with good NOS tubes... both can be had for approx. $5,600 for the pairing.

Tmiddle's amp/pre suggestion is also solid advice and within your price range... but upgrade your speakers first!
I like the Vincent Hybrid idea.

Another suggestion would be the PrimaLuna ProLogue Three tube preamplifier and the Cambridge Audio Azur 840W solid state power amplifier.