stuartk

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How to evaluate amps that are not broken in?
OK, that's encouraging, Musicslug. I realize this is very much a newbie question, so I appreciate your taking the time to respond. 
Reliability of tubes/ Belles 150A vs Jolida 801A?
Hey, Avguygeorge; there's no "bad" to forgive! I would buy a used Reference 150 in a second if I felt freee to do that, but this dealer has, like I said, spent ALOT of time with me. So we are in agreement. 
Reliability of tubes/ Belles 150A vs Jolida 801A?
Avguygeorge, I have to admit that I hadn't ever heard anyone refer to the Hotrod as a "toy" before... I suppose it all depends upon one's perspective. The fact is, I'm committed to buying the amp and pre-amp new from a small local dealer who has s... 
Reliability of tubes/ Belles 150A vs Jolida 801A?
Bmr2a, I appreciate the suggestion, but I'm going to stick with ss; if I'm not mistaken, the 2.5 is a tubed preamp. 
Reliability of tubes/ Belles 150A vs Jolida 801A?
Tvad, that's great news! And thanks to you and everyone else for helping me sort this out. 
Reliability of tubes/ Belles 150A vs Jolida 801A?
OK, this has been helpful. I HAVE lived through failing tubes with guitar amps. However, having grown up listening to music played through tube amps, that's the sound my ears want to hear-- it's what they expect and what they judge as "desirable".... 
Reliability of tubes/ Belles 150A vs Jolida 801A?
Thanks for your helpful responses, Tvad and Mofimadness. If the maintanence is not an issue with tubes, I might as well go ahead and listen to both units and see how my ears respond. 
Please suggest integrated for large space
It never occured to me that you might be an undercover sales operative for ACI, Tvad :-) but thanks for the reassurance!!!! 
Please suggest integrated for large space
Makes sense-- I will shift my line of investigation accordingly! Thanks, Tvad! 
Please suggest integrated for large space
Hello Tvad-- thanks for your valuable input! Will look into your suggestion. Shall I assume that you agree with using a sub rather than going to higher-powered amp??? 
Please suggest integrated for large space
Thanks, Swampwalker. Any particular sub you'd suggest in this case? 
Please suggest integrated for large space
Thanks for your vote, Rodman9999. 
Please suggest integrated for large space
Well, Timru, I'm not ready to change out the speakers, seeing as I just bought them. But many thanks for the tip re: the Musical Fidelity! 
Suggested Jumpers for Integrated amps?
Thanks for the "lesson", Doug! 
Suggested Jumpers for Integrated amps?
Thanks for the input-- I will check out the Jena Labs first.