This is a follow-up to my post a couple months back. I'll try and be brief.
1. Bottom Line: The Scott is better. Main reason is that I feel the Jolida is bass-starved. Doesn't mean the Jolida sounds "bad" just that the Scott has such better bass hands down! Don't even need to listen for it--it is so obvious.
Probably isn't a fair review though. I bought the WRONG Jolida. The 302 is supposed to have better bass, the KT88-based 502 is supposed to have ass-kicking bass and the EL84-based little 102 is also supposed to sport a better bottom end! So I messed up and failed to do the homework--I though the 102 would not have enough power and the 302 was too much cash--thus my decision to buy a 202B.
2. Jolida wins out on power--more headroom. But the Scott holds it's own and my room is not large enough to cause either unit to work hard.
3. Jolida was originaly better in the clarity department but once the rebuilt Scott setteled in it opened up and is now very detailed.
4. Both amps produce wonderful mids and highs but the Scott has a warmer presentation. Scott is better if you like all types of music as I do--from jazz, alternative to even Mettalica. Scott has the bass for the rock and the nice mids and highs for you "audiophile" jazz listeners.
5. I do not have faith in the reliability of the Scott. Jolida has a warranty and both units sound better than my H/K solid state rcvr. No slam on Craig--he did a phenomenal job but, hey, these are antiques!
Having 2 minor technical issues. Right channel hiss caused by the right 6BL8 tube socket. Tuner cleaner failed to solve issue but moving the tube slightly with my finger eliminates the intermittent problem. Also, I noticed the right channel was stronger. I think I fixed this. See atch photo of my room. The white 1910 fireplace caused my wife to mandate Monster Navajo White 16 ga wire. I didn't buy enough so had 18 ft going to the left speaker and 12 ft to the right. I bought more wire and made them equal length which solved the problem, but the right channel is still a bit stronger causing me to have to adjust the balance a bit to get a center image. Jolida is right on. But, I am a perfectionist to a fault. Neither issue is worth the risk of sending this thing in for minor tweaks. At least not yet.
The downside of vintage I guess.
Any suggestions on wire/placement here would be great. I am constrained in room layout by the fireplace and other issues.
Bottom line: Go with a Scott. But, be patient and find a beauty. Mine needed to works, let me tell ya! I have the same amount of money sunk into both units if you consider the wood case for the Scott that I don't use.
Technical details: Speakers and CD listed below. Tubes used in Jolida are Electroharmonix EL34s and 12AT7s with Telefunken 12AX7s. Scott is equipped with Russian military 7189s, Sovtek rectifier, Jan Phillips 12AX7s and GE 6BL8s. The Teles produce unnoticable differences in either amp. What a waste of money there.
Being that this is my hobby I am tempted to try other integrateds but feel the Scott will be unbeatable. I do not want to do a preamp/power amp combo--don't want extra wire and more stuff that can go faulty. Anybody tried a hybrid design?