Keep us posted CJ
Imac, Airport Express, Audiolab 8200CD, Rega Planar 3, Ortofon 2M Black, Croft 25 pre & 7 series power amp, Harbeth P3ESR on Something Solid XF stands. Atlas & Black Rhodium interconnects, Maplins 10 gauge multistrand. Sennheiser HD380 Pro, Denon AH-D2000
Actually while i'm on and on the subject of Croft. I heard some PMC 23's recently and really liked them. Does anyone have any opinions of them and do you think the Croft 7 series power will be enough to drive them?
Thanks in advance
Aside from the driving issue I can imagine (and it is a guess mind) that they sound wonderful together. I own a Croft 25 pre-amp and demoed the PMC 22s. I liked much about the 22s but felt the top end was a little too lively and the bottom end lacked a bit of presence, I can imagine the sound signature you get from valves could tame the top end a little and I know in my system how much impact the Croft had with bass.
Buckets of sweat, is it me, have I got the heating to high . . . or is it simply warm?
I do have to stand on my head and use a mirror to see which holes to plug into!!! Bit tight on space in my Victorian cottage.
Well I have gone back over the last few valve changes, mixed and matched a few, eventually decided the last change was a change to far. They sounded great for a week or so them went very analytically on me, loads of inner detail but lost the musicality, rather wooden is my best description.
I now have once again, the, warm, relaxed musical sound that I enjoy, by mixing some cheap Russian valves and a couple of vintage old stock valves, circa 1970, the combination seems to touch my spot, listening now to Jennifer Warnes 'The Well', an excellent album up there with 'Famous Blue Raincoat'.
How does the Croft shape up . . . in two words, very well. It obviously makes the best of my modified turntable, radio, spoken word and Spotify all sound excellent. Not quite keeping up with my full valve setup . . . but its not far behind. Loosing out most when music is delicate with inner detail, there just is not quite the fines.
However, the 'Croft 25P Integrated' is less than half the price of my valve amp and independent phono stage, in percentage terms its only a few points behind, value for money, its head and shoulders ahead!
Nice one CJ, its good to know that you are going in the right direction as far as the set up goes. As for the Croft its a hell of an amp for the money.
Thanks for your input Bluedroog
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