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Class A amplifiers and ESL 9?

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kjetilf

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I know it’s very difficult to recommend certain amplifiers to be used with certain loudspeakers, I agree 100% that you need to listen yourself, but I wonder if anyone would have any experiences to share when it comes solid state class A amplifiers together with ESL 9? I’ve tried to do some internet searches on the topic, but I can’t really find that much I must say. I’m considering a decent Japanese class A amplifier like the Accuphase E-650, the Luxman L-550AX MKII or the Esoteric F-03A for my ESL 9. These are all rated at 30W (8 Ω), 60W (4Ω) and 120W (2Ω). If someone have tried something like that already it would be great to hear about it before starting the auditioning myself. We’re talking about a living room setting where I mainly listen to jazz music at a moderate to moderate+ sound level.
 

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As for Class A, my experience with Plinius (SA-102) was very satisfying with my Spires at the time.
 

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I auditioned my Montis speakers with an Accuphase E650. They sounded great. I also listened to a Diablo 120 from The Gryphon, which is about the same price. This was also a great match.
The Montis, however, have powered woofers, so I cannot tell if these amps would drive an ESL9 with the same effortlessness.
 
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