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is definitely needed for Raal SR1a. Raal recommends a 100 watt speaker amp with the adapter box, but I would recommend the $799 Schiit Jotunheim R direct drive amp, which was designed to drive the Raal's 0.2 Ohm impedance directly and sounds superb.

I can't really decide what I prefer because they all sound very different from each other, so I rotate among Raal SR1a, Abyss 1266 Phi TC, and Stax SR009...

P.S. The Jotunheim R is a better deal than people realize, because it can drive the Abyss 1266 well via DIY/special 4-pin XLR female-to-female adapter (with baffle step correction turned off on Jot R).

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