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1 pair Tenor Audio 75Wi mono amplfiers
Beautiful pair of Tenor 75Wi, this is the version that has a passive volume attenuators so that they can be used with or without a preamp. Very low hours on re-tube. Packed in original wooden crates (~300lbs. total weight), please check with us for a freight shipping quote.
From the SoundStage review.
"At this point in time, I can honestly say that the treble of these Tenor amps is without peer for its combination of absolute clarity and lack of amusical artifacts -- the grit and hardness apparent in varying degrees in the sound of other amps by comparison. And you don't need to play only audiophile-approved fare to hear this. Throw on any old disc and see if you just don't settle into enjoying it more readily than you are used to. I finally located a favorite recording I used to own on vinyl but was not available on CD: Kate & Anna McGarrigle's Love Over and Over [Hannibal HNCD 1405]. The title tune (on which Mark Knopfler plays guitar) still sounds shrill through the Tenor amps, but it's not a cause for hitting stop and changing the disc. The highs are very clear and clean, but not bleached or lacking in character. In fact, in terms of treble purity, the Tenor amps are my new standard against which other amps will need to be measured.
Down into the midrange, you will know the Tenor amps are not SET designs as they sound more neutral in this region. Yet they're just as pure here as they are in the treble. Favorites such as Greg Brown and Ani DiFranco are eminently listenable via the Tenor amps -- and how. Their voices aren't as voluptuous as they are with, say, the deHavilland Aries 845 monoblocks, a pair of which Bill Cowen reviewed in the last issue of our E-Mag. Vocals have a more truthful ring to them with the Tenor amps, perhaps because the vocals don't stand out in relation to what's happening above and below in the wide frequency range the amps reproduce.
Few tube amps at any price offer bass that approaches the state of the art, and the Tenor amps are no exceptions to this. The amps play low enough and with enough impact to make their presence known on any piece of music, and there is a nimble, energetic demeanor to the low end that makes plucked bass, for instance, sound very coherent and defined. But the bass is a tad light and fuzzy at its absolute extremes. When the low end of a recording really exerts itself, the 75 Wi sounds sort of like a SET amp when it runs out of power, but the rest of the spectrum keeps up at world-class pace. Spain's The Blue Moods of Spain [Restless 772910-2] shows this in obvious fashion, as the very prominent bass lines are a bit less weighty and present through the Tenor amps. Yet, I still enjoyed this recording immensely with the amps in my system, as the bass is still easily recognizable for what it is: deep, weighty, and atmospheric. You won't be considering these amps, or any tube amps, if you're a bass freak, but any perceived limitations down low are more than made up for everywhere else.
In regard to how to use these amps, integrated versus strict power amp, it seems silly to me to pay more for the switching and volume control, which is a $1000 premium, and not use it. Overall system noise is lower, and you can perhaps more easily justify the stiff price of the amps by not having to purchase a preamp. In terms of sound, the 75 Wi is more intimate as an integrated amp, and depending on your system and tastes, this may put you miles ahead sonically. I preferred the amps this way with the WATT/Puppy 6 speakers and, to a slightly lesser extent, the Sophias too. I also loved having this functionality for reviewing, as I could listen to a source through the preamp and then through the amps only. A very satisfying system was the Tenor amps, the Wilson WATT/Puppy 6 speakers, and the 47 Laboratory transport/DAC/power supply combination. I spent more than a couple of nights pulling out CD after CD to revel in how they sounded on this combination of gear."