Just because the electronic parts are off-the-shelf doesn't make the amps less desirable or impressive. Jeff Korneff makes amps from old, used, parts and they sound incredible!! If the sound is great, what more can you ask for? KT-88's look like they will explode when they are dying. I always keep extras on hand.
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You would be surprised at how many hi-end high dollar items use (mostly) off the shelf parts (especially certain cable brands). You also might be surprised by the shocking variance there is on the retail of certain products vs what they cost to make vs competing models (marketing and mystique can carry over priced items a long way.....). You like the sound, reliability, & value of your amps? Good, that's all you need. If you are interested in finding LA Audio (the company) contact me. I might know someone that can locate them for you. They are (were?) a Danish company. Med venlig hilsen, [email protected]
LA Audio is not in business but the designer has a new company manufacturing very similar equipment. The company is called Audio Design and they are located in Denmark. Try this web address: http://home5.inet.tele.dk/lennarta/ I agree with you that the sound of the LA Audio amps is wonderful, clearly better than anything I have heard at any where near the price. Your ears are not deceiving you!! Good luck!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! After looking all over the web and finding nothing, one post on Audiogon brought the answer. Several times even. Audio Design is indeed Lennart Andersen's current company. His web site includes a photo of an amp which looks very much like mine. I am now trying to make contact with him to pursue my research. Thanks again for all your help!
I have owned a pair of LA Audio P-3 Golds for many years now. These belong to a friend of mine before I got them. Sonically they're wonderful with the KT88s my friend installed. After a couple years one of the power tubes went down. There's a local guy that installed a new quad set of tubes that sound beautiful still today. I believe them to be Gold Lion KT88s. He thought the build quality was excellent. I try to not use them for much unless I'm going to be listening to jazz or some new music. For home theater I have a couple other SS amps.
My mother in law made a beautiful set of covers for them to keep dust out. If any of you are old enough to remember the covers used on toasters and old appliances...
I figure, very few people have ever heard of them. There was a chinese company who bought the name and made components for a few years after Lars Andersen shut down operations, but they never made stuff that sounded as good as the original LA Audio. They are very well built. I count on these mono blocks working for years to come.
I tried to attach a picture, but didn't work. Happy listening! Contact me if you'd like to see pics!