I want one bad;)
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Thanks for your kind comments guys, I'm really enjoying listening.
Mik, the EML's are supposed to raise the perfomance a level or two, and they'll look stunning in your amp from the pics i've seen. I'd be really interested to read your comments on the A-08s with them once you've given them a whirl. I'm going to enjoy the amp with standard 45's for a while before trying the EML's.
Take care all.
I don't need specific numbers, but is the A-08s selling at or close to MSRP? I take it that very few of these amps are finding their way to the USA. It'll be interesting to follow your updates on this amp. Brian of Venus very much liked the 08, and the little bit I've read about the 08s suggests that it's a definite improvement over the original.
The Amp arrived at my door for 278,000 yen , that included 30,00 for shipping. oh I had tax at 12.5% to pay on top of that too (NZ tax). That was a working amp with all tubes etc. I think its great value.
Just to make you guys a little green (it did me). About two weeks after I ordered mine a second hand a-08(not the s model) was sold on a local auction site here in NZ for 1500 NZD (950usd). ****Sigh****
Well you cant win them all.
Thanks for your comments.
Myron ... you mean you were able to pick up a used 08? Maybe I misunderstand. Wouldn't be the first time. Maybe you could post some thoughts comparing the two Yamamotos when you've allowed the -08s to flex its muscles for a while. Now, that would be great reading.
Nothing but great press on this amp. Happy listening. By the way, what kind of music for your amp?
Sorry Arkprof, I didn't make it very clear.
I didn't buy the second hand A-08 because I'd already ordered mine. I kind of wish that I had bought it, it would have been great to compare the two.
The types of music I listen to are extremely varied. Yesterday for example I listened to cd's of ;
Mozart Requiem, Diana Krall, Guns 'n' roses, white stripes, neil young, Ben Harper.
Everything sounds "better" that I've heard it before. Guns'n'roses was especially surprising. Lots of detail and depth . For the first time on the track "patience" the whisling was full of individual detail and nuance. previously it had just sounded like anyone whisling, now it you can hear details of the individual. Tone, beathing and slight fluctuations in pitch. Its great. Amazingly the amp rocks really well and always pulls the soloist out of the mix in a very natural way. This is my first SET though so maybe they are all special in this regard.
"This is my first SET though so maybe they are all special in this regard."
To a certain degree, yes. But, the 45 tube and Yamamoto are probably in a select subset of amps much better at those traits listed in your intital post than most others available. (a slight overstatement on my part)
Congrats on your purchase, I hope to get an A-08s in here for comparison with my PX-25 sometime this year. A little low-powered for my 97dB speakers, but I should be able to get a good taste of it's essence.
Venus Audio had a Yamamoto paired with a Blue Circle preamp and Zu Druids at my local A. K. Fest in Detroit this last weekend and it was sweet sounding, "beautiful" in a word. What amazed me was the amount of emotion that this little two watter produced. I could have spent a very long time listening to this gear, oh yea, I did! It was probably my favorite set-up of the entire show. Trust me, I'm not looking to broom out my Atma-Sphere OTL's as long as I can afford the current (electricity) for them here in george bush's America but, WOW what a beautiful impression they left on me. Matter of fact the Druids were quite nice as well. Maybe I do need a second system...hmmmmmmmm!
Borg7x9, you are one very fortunate audiophile.