Running a Hi-Fi shop is trickier than you might think. There’s a lot of crap out there so it’s my responsibility to find the best gear at reasonable prices. I’d love to stock $20,000 CD players…if they sold. My product lines are about value, sound quality and serviceability. Sometimes I fuck up. The product may be great, but the distribution may suck or there ends up being zero support if it breaks. If I’m not excited about it, I won’t demo it. I only carry lines that I would actually have in my own home. Tubes? Even harder! Most affordable tube gear is “Chi-Fi”. I tried, but at the end of the day I’m just not sold. The majority are cheaply made fire hazards that support a suicidal, slave labor force. Folks, I gotta sleep at night!
So, I just dumped the Chi-Fi behemoth and picked up a excellent and affordable line called Triode (or Tri for short). They have a great line of amps that will play nicely with the speakers I carry. They are point to point hand wired in Japan by the designer himself. I’m getting in the 45 watt TRV-35se EL34 push pull integrated amp (pictured at $2000) and the TRX-PM84 ($2600) a 15 watt integrated with headphone, MM phono, and DAC! The 300B amps look sweet. Stay Tuned!