you said it. 4 watts.
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I'm expecting a A-08S in a few weeks (also have a Wavelength Gemini 45. Will compare the two and sell the "loser".) I think Yamamoto's have received plenty of love. Almost all reviews I have seen have been extremely positive (over and above the usual gushing every product receives.) The amps have a 7 to 12 week wait time and plenty of people are happy to put down the 20% deposit to wait for them. In addition, almost any Yamamoto amp that goes up for sale on Audiogon gets snapped up pretty quickly at a premium to what most SET amps sell for. I think the word is out about the amps.
I hate to break-up the Yamamoto love-fest, but since you asked, this might be one of the reasons why they don't get more love:
I'm not real big on measurements, but even these raised my eyebrows. Especially, the channel mismatch (nearly 3db of gain disparity between channels). The power/distortion output measurments probably turned-off many people as well. Yes, I know that most tube amps never do too well in Stereophile's measurements, but these were terrible. Not only does this call into question the whole measurements vs. how it sounds debate, but also makes you (it did me)wonder about Yamamoto's engineering and quality control.
For Brawny,, maybe going backwards to a primitive device is good. "finding one's roots" and all that stuff...
I am buying a $200. tubetoy (NOT this one, a buffer..) and I do not care about the measurements... If it sucks.. no worse than a cable I learn to hate. It may just be enough fun to be worth it.
(As an aside, in another forum, someone suggested why not just buy a product with the XXX built in... certainly! but that costs THOUSANDS, where this costs a few hundred)
I will let you know my impressions once I get this unit and put some hours on it.
Brawny, I`ll take my chance with a company that has multiple rave reviews on numerous components by a variety of reviewers and current owners based on it`sonics. Even the unit that measured poorly per stereophile sounded superb according to Art Dudley who actually LISTENED to it. So if it sounds wonderful but measures bad then the hell with the measurements.
I think it's probably not been reviewed in any English language magazine so hasn't had the wide exposure that the A-08/A-08S received. I have had mine for coming on two years now and it never fails to please. I have a number of other amplifiers that I switch in and out of my system but I always end up hankering to put the A-011 back in the rack.
With regard to the Stereophile measurements, JA does mention that the bottom cover on the review sample was somehow missing and therefore it was possible something had become mis-adjusted.
Does test equipment hear the same way we do? About the only benefit of test equipment is that it has no bias or opinion. Other than that its not human so it technically can't hear things from a human perspective.
Case in point: tube designs are generally accepted as noisier than transistors (and will measure as such), yet many prefer their coloration or distortion characteristics to be more pleasing than quieter transistor designed counter parts.
I've had an 08-s for a year and it's a fantastic amp. Just bought the 06-3 model which uses ad-1 output tubes.
Yes, one has to wait 3 months but with the right set of speakers
it's a marvel of an amp.
They make there own tube sockets, connectors and include tubes at the asking price!!!
The 6moons reviews have all been consistently positive.
After about 8 weeks my Yamamoto YDA-01 DAC arrived today, well packed and in flawless condition. Right out of the FEDX box it really sounds very good! I may be in for quite a treat once it`s fully burned in. Flash impressions after only a few hours of listening, it`s very transparent, dynamic,fast and has a pure liquid-organic tonality. It only about 12 pounds but it has a big sound with authority and presence. It seems that MR.Ebaen of 6moons nailed it with his detailed review and subsequent comparisons to other high end CD players. I`m using a PS Audio PW transport, this is a good combination.