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It does seem strange that they continue to advertise their p ... Mitch2
Well, I'm delighted that this thread has been returned to service by Audiogon. It has been missing too long.
As I have reported before, I have beta tested products on behalf of Audio Horizons. These products include the various DACs, line level preamps, wire, and now I can report, a tube power amp.
The power amp I tested is a low watt SET. It is a functional unit but not in the final cosmetic form. I listened to it for about 3 weeks and returned it to AH yesterday.
I loved it and expect to buy one when it reaches production. I don't know when that will be. Based on my observation of other AH product development, cosmetics take time for Joseph to sort through. I won't expect this amp to pop out right away. A functioning unit doesn't translate as quickly as I would wish into a final product. If the past is an indicator, Joseph will continue to play with the circuit and layout, too. I don't want to raise your hopes prematurely - but the amp does exist.
My loudspeakers are 92dB efficent and high impedance - Coincident Technologies Super Eclipse III. Played through them, this amplifier delivered rich detail, tonal balance (consistency, if you will) from top to bottom of the audio frequency, airy top end, and solid tight bass. Sound stage was deep, and with good quality recording, there were no obvious boundaries to it.
I have had a number of fine solid state and tube amplifiers in my system over the years. This one is the best yet in my system.
As for details about the amp itself, it is under development by Joseph, and it is not my story to tell.
Cedar (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
My guess is joseph is taking care of family matters at this ... Rx8man
Hi to all. hope all of you are well and still abundant in th ... Gammajo
hello siltrains. i responded to your post earlier this mor ... Vcomerch
I would love to hear his new amp, but am sad to hear it is a ... Grannyring
A tube regulated power supply with oil filled caps is my nex ... Rx8man
Victor i was checking about the upgrade to 2.1. likely what ... Stltrains
rx8man and siltrains, we will be announcing a new upgrade t ... Vcomerch
I just wanted to say hi to all the ah family outhere. glad t ... Jgy1
Cedar, thanks for the preliminary information on joseph's ... Sherod
Joseph brought the test unit over to my home twice to listen ... Cedar
Just to be clear.when you say upgrade,are you referring to m ... Markwatkiss
As you know, joseph tries to offer upgrade paths. so, with ... Cedar
I look forward to victor's announcements. in the meantime, i ... Sherod
Sherod thanks for the interesting report joe Gammajo
You're welcome, joe. Sherod
Sherod, i'm just researching the clarity caps you referred t ... Markwatkiss
Mark, i believe the only u.s. distributor currently is mad ... Sherod
I'm curious about sherod's clarity caps and a tube-regulated ... Rx8man
Pat, i have a gut-feeling that an improved and more powerfu ... Sherod
I contacted joseph today, no need for victor's number. Rx8man
Sherods comments on the clarity cap mr are interesting. i'v ... Swo2601
Only joseph, and perhaps victor, knows what the new cap in t ... Sherod
I concur with sherod about the caps........ past, present an ... Rx8man
One of the things I would like to remind all Audio Horizons product owners( and to all audiophiles in general) is to periodically clean all your cable connections. Depending on where you live regarding differing conditions of humidity, unless you use all gold-plated contacts or have your contacts covered with a specially formulated contact paste,i.e. Xtreme Quicksilver Gold, etc. I found a wonderful cleaner called Kontak. This product cleans off all oxidation with a couple of swabbings and dries instantly leaving no residue, and just as importantly, leaves no sonic signature like some cleaners I've tried. Once all your connections are properly cleaned and re-inserted, the overall sound opens up very nicely. This inexpensive tweak of contact cleaning is sometimes forgotten in the scheme of things as we look at other ways of improving our system. Have a great weekend, everyone, and hopefully this thread will continue with periodic posts of information from past, current, and future owners of the AH TP preamps. I have about 300 hours on my new Claritycap MR caps and will post a report soon.
Sherod (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
So many of your have asked about further upgrades to the 2.0 ... Vcomerch
I am pleased that you and Joseph have heard the merits of this new Claritycap MR. I have over 300 hours on mine and their transparency and superiority over previous caps have shown me the greatness of Joseph's preamp circuitry. I can go crazy with audiophile superlatives but as I mentioned to Pat in a private e-mail, our Rx8man here on this thread, this cap comes as close as you can get to sounding like "no cap", which theoretically, that's the way it should be. This output cap is supposed to let AC through and block out DC, and that's all. From top to bottom, this cap just lets more of the music get through to your speakers and in a most wonderful way, I might add. I have read that this cap will further improve up through the 500 hour mark. I can hardly wait.
Sherod (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Sherod thanks to your findings with clarity caps and Josephs announced upgrade Audio Horizon preamp users will be getting a better preamp, and to improve on what i hear now from my 2.1 NBR i cant wait. What i mean is i could not be more satifyed now with 2.1 hours on end with complete musical enjoyment.
Many thanks to you Sherod for your efforts and to you Victor and Joseph for the up coming improvements.
Stltrains (System | Reviews | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Hey, mike. thanks for the commendation. this was all a " ... Sherod
Tuesday will be my day for listening pleasure with the clari ... Rx8man
I want to add my thanks to victor and joseph and all the ah ... Gammajo
Joe, joseph has designed an excellent preamp with a great t ... Sherod
"topology" that's the word i was looking for last ... Rx8man
I figured it so, pat. that's why i threw it into the post. ... Sherod
Before i listened to the claritycap installation, i returned ... Rx8man
Here's a link to a photo of joseph's power supply upgrade on ... Sherod
That's one of assets i love about this pre amp,there's a lot ... Markwatkiss
Thanks to sherod, i had him post the photo of my preamp in i ... Rx8man
That's a nice pic sherod the lay out is different than 2,1 f ... Stltrains
I'm anxious to hear pat's(rx8man) impressions on how the new ... Sherod
Actually, there is one (bad-boy, ultra linear, super quiet, ... Rx8man
Also awaiting rxman's comments, final price, and some extra ... Gammajo
I think we are all waiting for victor or joseph to make the ... Sherod
I contacted victor last week and he responded to me, power s ... Stltrains
I hear you, Mike. It's tough parting with a component that is so crucial in your system when everything sounds so musical. Plus the hassle of unplugging, carefully packaging(apparently Fedex and UPS run periodic tests of dropping packages containing fragile electronics off the Empire State Building for their tests)and then waiting the two weeks to get it back into your system. I'm also debating whether to go with one or more upgrades so that I can get it all done at once and not have to worry about returning it a few months later for another upgrade. I have to fight my "Audiophilia Nervosa" syndrome at times. (o:
Sherod (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
I parted with mine for almost 3 weeks (thanks to fedex and u ... Rx8man
Pat, you will have your preamp back early next week and it ... Sherod
Thanks for the words of encouragement sherod. after mine se ... Rx8man
Can anyone who has heard any of the preamps below provide feedback on how it compares to the Audio Horizons TP?
These are the preamps that I am considering with my budget of a new TP 2.1nB.
1) Cary SLP-05 used
2) Ayre K1xe used
3) Pass Labs XP-10/XP-20 (or a used X-1 at half the price)
4) Dodd Audio Preamp (used at half the price)
5) Jeff Rowland Capri (used at half the price)
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