I finished this amp 3 months ago and have been letting it
settle into a system including a McIntosh MX113 tuner/preamp, Focal JM Labs
Cobalt bookshelf speakers, Meridian Direct DA with MacBook. The price is very
reasonable and the kit is well designed with a complete detailed and
well-written manual. The build took me 3 months but I would leave for weeks at
a time due to family/work responsibilities. The designer Dan Joffe is a prince.
He was patient and prompt with his responses to my queries. This was my first kit. I used the inexpensive
soldering iron, solder and the some of the tools described on the Akitika web
site. I also found Klein “automatic” wire strippers, a Klein cutting/crimping
tool, helping hands and a cheap PCB holder helpful. The parts were all included
and there were no deficiencies. The order of assembly is power circuit board,
amp circuit boards, wiring (including transformer prep, voltage check, and
installation in the case. The amp powered on and worked flawlessly the first
time. In the system described above the sound is rich and detailed with a nice
soundstage. There is plenty of power. Highly recommended for the build
experience and the finished product sound quality. A novice can do this. I posted this review with a a few pictures of the build on audiocircle if anyone is interested in seeing those.