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Hmmm, main rig: onkyo tsx-727 or something like that rotel r ... Eragot
1974 sherwoood fm only 8900 receiver 1979 crown 1 preamp wit ... Prs123
Kenwood receiver, kenwood a/v receiver, [always 2-channel ho ... timothywas1@
1970's marantz receiver sony ht monstrosity sony es separate ... Braro
Updated yet again: 1980 - akai something-or-other 1984 - na ... Gliderguider
Spanning nearly 30 years... - pioneer receiver - hafler dh20 ... Mdconnelly
These are my personal amps, in order of purchase starting in ... Memeboy
Pioneer ('72) mcintosh (@'75) yamaha ('79) mcintosh (@'83)+ ... Sit
Pioneer sx-450 (receiver) 1978 hitachi (receiver) 1983 nec ... Bartinmi
Pioneer sx-525 lux l-480 luxman r-1120a luxman m4000 luxman ... Klinerm
Sae b&k symphonic line graff chapter audio next? Talk2me
Time for an upgrade on this thread; fisher receiver- not on ... Mitch2
-harman kardon citation 24 -adcom gfa 555 ii -muse model 100 ... Dpac996
Starting in 1977 to present:sansui 8080 receiversansui au-71 ... Robben
Time to update yet again: bryston b-60 c-j premiere 11a air ... Jond
Pioneer sx-450 (receiver) 1978 hitachi (receiver) 1983 nec ( ... Bartinmi
Very simple really: musical fidelity fx followed by pass ale ... Jabali_hunter
Hold on to your hats- lots of experience and insight to share. Have had many amps that I have owned, bought and sold.
Bias- I have owned and listened to many amps over the last 29 years. Do not listen to the mags, the reviews, the advertisements- you just have to go and listen. Very well designed tube amplifiers (and there are only a few manuafacturers out there that do it right) just convey a more enjoyable listening experience. Solid state amps can provide clean sound with great bass and dynamics. What they cannot provide is a solid, full sounding mid-range that has real texture and depth to it. They sound electronic!
Now for the amps I have owned.
I will asterik the ones that are definite keepers!
Kenwood KA-701 Integrated
Denon PMA 500 and PMA 700
Quicksilver KT88 - three sets of amps
Berning EA-230 * great for mini-monitors
Bryston 3B NRB
Bryston 4B NRB
YBA 3 DT - Two diff amps- one Alpha and one Delta
Berning EA-2100 Two amps *
YBA Integre - Two Different Alpha versions *
Bel Canto Orfeo SE2 845 SET Mono Amps *
Music Reference RM-9 MK1 Two Amps *
The Berning EA-230 is great for mini monitors- natural timbre, soundstage and sense of air around instruments. It cannot provide adequate bass for full size speakers though.
The Berning EA-2100 - same as EA-230 but with more power, like the Ea-230- hybrid design by a designer who knows his stuff.
YBA Integre- Alpha, Delta, Sigma- they all sound the same- best buy for sweet grainless solid state- but do not have the texture and body of tubes.
Bel Canto Orfeos - 30 watts of SET power- think of a 300B amp with gusto- not good with speakers with over done crossovers- with others- pure sound delight.
Music Reference RM-9 - a ballsy, natural sounding tube amp that gets voices right and whose dynamics give you the feeling of live music.
If I had to keep only one of these amps- regardless of power and based on sound and build quality, reliability, flexibilty - I would pick the Music Reference RM-9. It can drive anything, easy to care for and built to last. Above all- it makes you forget about all this silly amp hype and you just get into the music.
Hope my two cents help someone else out there.
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1975: sansui 771 reciever (a fantastic piece) 1980: sansui i ... Mitch4t
Started with akai, then cosmic and then pulz (both indian ma ... Rajupatel
Started with jadis, now ends with cayin. had to move on to t ... Bartokfan
Back to tubes again, should have never left! will this ever ... 1markr
I never understood why anyone would even consider buying ss ... Bartokfan
Update started back when i was in jr. high: dewald integrate ... Hammergjh
for me i started: adcom gfa-565 monoblocks rotel rb-990bx t ... Jeffnc
Let's see if i can remember. . . 1. hafler (built as a ki ... Larryi
Started with a hafler dh500, then progressed to a kinergetic ... Paullindemann
Let's see... my mom bought me a sylvania receiver then i bou ... Anacrusis
-audio research d240 -muse 160 -bryston 7b-st -krell ksa 250 ... Audiofowl
From old to new sony receiver nad 40 watt carver m400? carv ... Ecruz
I have a bedini 25/25 to go!! Robyatt
Main amp is noe aragon 4004 mkii but i am years behind most ... Chadnliz
1. kenwood receiver (100 wpc, baby cakes) 2. opera audio con ... Rockadanny
Pretty impressive lists. anyone know which member has one of ... Bartokfan
Update to my system last month.... still loving the eico hf8 ... teleguy11@
My 20-year list is somewhat long with a (currently) happy en ... Stereopup
Pioneer receiver onkyo integra receiver sony ta-n9000es r ... Ksroy
Here we go: bryston 3b nrb white audio labs a250 white audi ... Fsarc
Radio shack something (late 60s) kenwood ka7002 int amp (ear ... Arkprof
Berning 2100 melos 220 gold purist audio 300b wolcott presen ... Daytrader
Dynaco, quad, cj/krell, spectral Psacanli
Two years ago... 1. sansui 7070 (ss) 2. sophia baby set (tu ... Angaria
Started with; sansui model 400 receiver sansui au222/tu555 s ... Geraldm121
Started solid, ending in tubes i guess.. sherwood integrate ... Retrodan
Well this goes way back, first was a eltravoice receiver bac ... Stltrains
Yamaha integrated years ago. can't remember model number bu ... Sgbmpt
I sold the big ayre earlier this year & wound up with a bat ... Driver
Marantz 1060 integrated amp, b & o integrated amp, krell fpb ... Porterspeer
Craig all in one unit (high school graduation gift) marantz ... Mig007
Pioneer integrated av amp amc pre and power amp audio resear ... Tigerclose