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Your Favorite Power Amplifier that you have ever owned or currently own and what makes it your favorite

phoenixdogfan

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I still own mine. I couldn’t let it go. However, compared to my Benchmark it sounds so bad (shrill) that it’s shocking.
Those '70s transistor units. I had a Phase Linear 400 in the early '70s. I count myself lucky a burgular came and took it away along with a pair of EPI 400s. Moved out and bought a pair of LS3/5as and a DH200 kit with the insurance money, so I made out.
 

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Well, I could say my current amp, a March Audio p452, its so unobtrusive sometimes the only way I can find it is to trace back down the speaker cables.
 

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Of all the amps I've owned the one I still wish I had was the Quad 405 (but only with its companion 33 preamp). Because of its form factor. Smallish and compact, no-nonsense aesthetics. And Peter Walker, who is one of my audio heroes.
I was temporarily the owner of a 33 and 303 pre amp. For the same reason as you I bought an immaculate, one owner pair from a nice woman on eBay, they were her late dad's. When they arrived I could immediately tell they'd been flawless when packed. Trouble was they'd been put in a box without any packing whatsoever and had been pulverised in transit, the lovely heatsink fins in the 33 we almost at 90 degrees from the back of the chassis. And there ended my Quad ownership adventure. Now I convince myself that if Peter Walker were alive today he'd recommend a purifi amp.
 

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Those '70s transistor units. I had a Phase Linear 400 in the early '70s. I count myself lucky a burgular came and took it away along with a pair of EPI 400s. Moved out and bought a pair of LS3/5as and a DH200 kit with the insurance money, so I made out.
I had a PL 400 as well but it blew up and I couldn't find anyone in London to repair it. Mind you I cannot recall how it sounded compared to the DC300. Those days we accepted amplifiers to sound the same as long as they were loud :)
 

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My AIYIMA TPA3255 modules. Less than €85 for four bridgeable channels of 120W into 8 Ohms, with shmoo below -85dB and noise below -110dB. I have no need for anything more.

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I'm using three amps, for woofer, midrange and horn, respectively: QSC RMX850, Parasound Halo A21, and First Watt J2. I haven't wanted to change them for 10 years, so they must be doing something right.
 

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ABH2 obviously. If it fits the power requirements you have, not sure why bother with anything else. Especially if you're in the US since the customer service is impeccable.
 

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I have quite a few power amplifiers, but my favourites are the pair of Sony TAN77es (I actually have three- one as a 'spare'). They are always around and most often connected. When I want to up the stakes, each one of the pair can run as a single [email protected]/[email protected] monoblock.

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I have quite a few power amplifiers, but my favourites are the pair of Sony TAN77es (I actually have three- one as a 'spare'). They are always around and most often connected. When I want to up the stakes, each one of the pair can run as a single [email protected]/[email protected] monoblock.

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Wonderful example of Japanese refined and properly finished amplifiers. People have become accustomed to a black or silver bare cabinet and now to see a beauty like this... Not a bad angle on it.
 

mhardy6647

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That I have owned?


JE (Joseph Esmilla) Labs "Simple 2A3" design, with slightly modified voltage amplifier stage. Built by Nate G. ("Hamingredient" on Flikr)

That I have spent quality time with?


Marantz 8B

McIntosh MC-225 is a close runner-up.
 

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I have quite a few power amplifiers, but my favourites are the pair of Sony TAN77es (I actually have three- one as a 'spare'). They are always around and most often connected. When I want to up the stakes, each one of the pair can run as a single [email protected]/[email protected] monoblock.

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Man, I would truly love to have one of those! My Paradigm S8s would be in heaven!
 

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I had a PL 400 as well but it blew up and I couldn't find anyone in London to repair it. Mind you I cannot recall how it sounded compared to the DC300. Those days we accepted amplifiers to sound the same as long as they were loud :)
If they're loud enough, they will all sound the same -- jet engine ;)

Rather inexplicably, I have a PL 200B upstairs. It's located amusingly close to a Crown D-150, too, so there is that.




I actually paid money to get the PL (the Crown stuff were dump finds) -- but it was bundled with a pair of loudspeakers I wanted, and the seller was loath to unbundle them. ;)
 

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If they're loud enough, they will all sound the same -- jet engine ;)

Rather inexplicably, I have a PL 200B upstairs. It's located amusingly close to a Crown D-150, too, so there is that.




I actually paid money to get the PL (the Crown stuff were dump finds) -- but it was bundled with a pair of loudspeakers I wanted, and the seller was loath to unbundle them. ;)
Sell some and get a vintage tractor. ;) (inside joke)
 
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