You are right this amplifier looks like an amazing buy
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Reason why I was fortunate (and extremely happy) to receive one that was tweaked a bit by them and had one owner who was meticulous with his equipment and very helpful to. One of my best purchases...Soon to be moving to the Coda for the summer months..Let my tube / SS combo rest for the next couple months...
It appears many Audiophiles are not aware that Coda even exisits due to Coda's very low profile. For those who owned Threshold back in the day Coda has carried on and improved the sonic character in their current products
that was Threshold. Coda is just as refined, musical and organic as Threshold since its the same design team minus Nelson Pass with Eric Lauchli heading the pack.
I had searched these and asylum pages a couple of years ago about Coda. Looks like their products are literally bulletproof. But the rags in the US gave them a bad rap. Some reviewers did not let go off Coda amp that was sent for review and Coda did not like that. Relationships went sour and hence no US promotions for Coda. Looks like their European market is very strong.
Milpai.."Rag's in the US give them a bad rap"..I never found that to be the case from all the US Mag reviews I've read during the past fifteen years and all the positive blog's on CODA owner's. Doug Dale, the President of the Company, answers the phone most of the time and is very personable and I have had many lengthy conversation's with Doug. A great company.
I'm not sure any of this is any indication that the Coda is in any way better than the Hegel. I've only ever heard the H200 and it was impressive. It of course is judged by your own ear. The H200 was by no means bright and probably close enough to tube sound to my ears that I could live with it or even possibly purchase the H300 without an audition.
attention all new Coda integrated 400 wpc rms into 8 ohms and the latest
In circuitry available will be going up a bit maybe $500
But worth every penney ,built like a tank,musical and excellent parts
Quality,very natural timber,with a nice warm balance.
I heard 2 year old model.new ones even better with even better control and Bass even into a 2 ohm load ,also pure class A biasing can be requested up to the first 10 watts.
I have been running the Ayon Troton II for the past two years... Just looking to stay warm with a stage that does not project forward into the room to much... My speaks are 98db Daedalus Ulysses, and i hear with a very smooth slope. This Coda souls be PLENTY of power. And I don't listen to loud, so maybe over kill, if people buy it for its power.
I was moving towards the Coda then had the chance to hear the Hegel
H200 ,personally I feel as well as the dealer and his staff a more natural sounding amplifier. Vs the coda the coda has more power ,and has very good dynamic drive a bit warmer then neutral a very nice integrated.
Everyone situation will vary from other sources, some speakers
Have a warm resonance,on a Coda it is a very good match.
Myself with YG Carmel speakers they have no sound of their own and
Your choice electronics is instrumental.that being said the Hegel 200
Is like a good Vacuum tube amp it may not dig to get that least microsecond from an instrument but is natural like you would hear in life and has very good detail and balance with excellent image depth,and tight solid bass,the patented sound engine is what gives it an edge very similar to a class A sounding amp but runs cool. all around
An amp I can listen just listen to and forget about dissecting the music.
your down stream cable,tonal balance,and digital,turntable these will dictate what type of balance you want and how much power,the hegel is very high current a awg 11 gauge or lower cable is recommended.
That is my opinion I have heard all 3 and that is my opinion they are all very good products.
I own the H200 and was actually emailed through Audiogon from a dealer Who mentioned that he and everyone that works for him thought the H200 was better than the H300. I found that to be an interesting email but of course I felt good about it.
I'm sure the Coda is amazing but I'm not ready for the leap in faith when I can order from my best pal Bob who owns the local brick and mortar. The Hegel gear is amazing and there's no getting past this fact. If the Coda is better I may never know and certainly don't care. If I win the lottery I'll find out.
Well..its been a while since the last post on this thread.
Curious if anyone out there has had the opportunity to listen to the latest Coda CSIB Mark III version which has additional upgrades including PRP Audio resistor's and a larger power supply which now provides 400 watts into 8 Ohms and 800 watts into 4 Ohms.
I too certainly would be interested in hearing about the Mark III version as well. Also US pricing.
I am looking at amplifiers to power my Shahinian Obelisk 2's, which can be a bit of a tough load for many amplifiers. This integrated and also the Magamp from Sanders Sound seem to be potentially good matches.
The big problem is getting a chance to demo the Coda in my system without apotential loss of money. At least Sanders offers a 30-day in-home trial, can't get much better than that!
Well I know that when I spoke with Doug Dale of Coda, he explained how they work with their other products. He said that the companies will tell them what features are important to them, then Coda will design and build the amps/preamps to suit their tastes.
I've owned many Coda pieces over the years, great stuff. These guys know what they are doing, and would be a much bigger name if they didn't have such a disdain for the marketing type of people. Coda was founded by 3 ex-Threshold engineers. They like designing and building amps. They don't like the business end of the industry though. They would rather design and build amps for other companies than go to shows, schmooze with the reviewers, etc.