I currently own a pair of Antique Sound Lab Hurricane monoblocks with Electro Harmonix tubes driving
B&W 800Ds. Luckily, I've not been having too many problems with blown tubes and fuses, and the heat is
not a major problem, but I'm not sure the bass is the ultimate in speed and control. Otherwise the sound is
I'm considering replacing the Hurricanes with Spectral amps, either the DMA-250 or the DMA-360.
My room is pretty small, 4.38m x 3.95m (14'4" x 12'11"). I listen almost entirely to classical music of all
types, symphonic, choral, chamber, piano, some organ, opera etc., at a pretty high volume.
1. Will the Spectral be a good replacement as regards the following aspects:
a. Competitive or better overall sound than the Hurricanes
b. Better bass control/speed
c. High reliability, no malfunctions
d. Good match to the EMM Labs Switchman 3 preamp
2. I understand that the DMA-360 monoblocks sound better than the DMA-250, but does the difference justify almost doubling the price? Especially for such small a room?
3. Any other alternatives not too much above $10,000 :-), preferably less, that do well as regards the
aspects specified above?
Thank you very much,
- EMM Labs (Ed Meitner) CDSD-SE disc transport
- EMM Labs (Ed Meitner) DAC6e-SE 6-channel converter
- EMM Labs (Ed Meitner) Switchman 3 6-channel preamplifier
- Antique Sound Lab Hurricane monoblock power amp pair (200W each) with Electro Harmonix tubes
- B&W 800D speaker pair (diamond tweeters)
- Purist Audio Design Venustas interconnects
- Purist Audio Design Venustas speaker cables with parallel bi-wiring
- Adcom GFA-5503 3-channel power amp (3 x 200W)
- Rear: B&W Nautulus 802 speaker pair
- Center: B&W HTM2D speaker (diamond tweeter)
- Subwoofer: Velodyne Digital Drive DD-12 (1250W RMS active subwoofer)
- Cardas interconnects and speaker cables
- 2 x Shunyata Hydra 4 power conditioner
- 3 x Solid-Tech Rack of Silence
- Components matched with Radio Shack Digital Sound Level Meter and Telarc SACD-60541 Surround
Speaker Setup disc