Happy with your amplifier?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Airbus, Oct 12, 2020.

  1. mjcmt

    mjcmt Forum Resident

    NC, USA
    I'm so-so happy w/ my amps in the systems as configured. I don't think system synergy is as good as it's been with past set-ups.
  2. bever70

    bever70 To boldly go where no ears have gone before

    Mine is here to stay for the next 20 years.
  3. Khorn

    Khorn Dynagrunt Obversarian

    The only thing I can hope is that my amplifier stays happy with me!
  4. TheVinylAddict

    TheVinylAddict Forever moving forward

    Good, cuz he'd be on my shortlist of invites too, not too different than the kind of people I'd hang out with in the day, all the way down to the jersey! (I played hockey for 30 of my 60 years, had a few friends from Canada, my best friend for years is from Montreal)

    Plus, the Oilers were really good.... 40 years ago... :) :hide:
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  5. Tim 2


    Alberta Canada
    He hasn't broken anything, so far, and he keeps us entertained.
    Sometimes I take photo's and e-mail them to him in the morning. :laugh: Life is good.
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  6. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy Forget Scientific & Enjoy the Music

    Northwest, USA
    Time flies. Going 3 years now since I went to 300b. Same amp, same tubes, and still going strong. Do you sometimes get the impression your amp is getting smoother the longer you play them..?:tiphat:
    Last edited: May 23, 2023
  7. mkane

    mkane Strictly Analog

    Cloverdale, CA
    The question here is which one? There's the Citations, The Class D & 2 Pass Labs I frequently switch back and forth from. Honestly, they all sound just fine.
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  8. Oddiofyl

    Oddiofyl Forum Resident

    I have a Toolshed Amps 300b in my main system. I love that amp….

    Second system will be using my trusty Quicksilver Mid Monos. Great amps. Just ordered a pair of Omega Super Alnico Monitors to go in a bedroom system.
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  9. KT88

    KT88 Senior Member

    Yep, but I apparently have an amplifier fetish, so... which one to use indeed. In use in my main stereo system, where I have my turntable and record collection present is a Nakamichi PA-7, which I have restored.

    In another system, also stereo, which I use for movies, is a Parasound HCA-2000 II.

    In storage, awaiting their next glorious moments in the spotlight are:
    McIntosh MC-225
    Pass Labs Aleph 3
    Rega Exon 3 monoblocks
    ...and probably a few others.

    - Bill
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  10. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy Forget Scientific & Enjoy the Music

    Northwest, USA
    Previously I had a Dynaco (32 years), Yaqin (10 years), a few amps here and there just for fun. Heck I even picked up those Marantz gyro receivers for 10 - 15 bucks each. I gave them to relatives for free. But I still have those 2 and retired. Maybe its time for me to sell it.
    Right now I have 1 in the listening-work room, a mono block set in the recording room (for test only and will be shipped to Asia next year) and I have a new one on the way to replace my 1980's sony recording amp. This sony is to its last toe. Like almost dead! I got my money on this one a thousand times since I bought it in 1982 and recorded so many albums. The sound is just an okay integrated but one hell of a recording amp. I'm gonna miss it. I don't mine owning other amps in the future, as long as its built to last.
    Last edited: May 23, 2023
  11. dennis1077

    dennis1077 Forum Resident

    I'm the owner of a PM8006 and VERY curious about the Ascend Sierra 2EXs. Are you still enjoying this combo?
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  12. jenkovix

    jenkovix Forum Resident

    Europe, Hungary
    Extremely satisified with my trio on the stage when I turn them on:
    -Primaluna Prologue Three pre
    -Primaluna Prologue Six power mono 2x
  13. DPC

    DPC Forum Resident

    Profoundly happy with my somewhat recently implemented main system amplifier:
    Luminous Audio Technology - Archimedes Monoblocks.
    (less power but great step up in sound from my previous 2-channel amp...plus they even cumulitively weigh less, which comes in handy)

    Also have been happy (satisfied?) with my a/v system 5-channel amp of 25+ years:
    Rotel RB-985
    (just keeps chugging along just fine and still sounds very nice.)
    (the matching Rotel RSP-980(?) Pre/Pro gave it up ~13 yrs ago, though...)
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  14. Aftermath

    Aftermath Senior Member

    Now that it's been rebuilt, yes. Marantz 2225.
  15. CN211276

    CN211276 Forum Resident

    Cardiff, UK
    Very happy with my NVA P90SA / A80 mono blocks. Transparent and dynamic. My end game.
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  16. mds

    mds Forum Resident

    It’s never once piece of equipment that makes a system so enjoyable and a keeper it’s when all the pieces marry well together. Like you I have three systems I enjoy equally; class A/B solid state, class A mono block tubes and class D mono blocks. Each has its sound signature and what they do really really well. I bounce around listening to them all. The huge Emotiva Gen 2 mono blocks in a home theater environment that has a Backert Lab Preamplifier so when I’m in the mood for two channel on comes this pre off the processor (home theater pass through) and I flick the class A switch on. The Opera Audio Consonance Cyber 800 tube mono blocks with a pentode / triode switch for wonderful semi nearfield listening in my office using a midfield 3 way studio mixing speaker and my AGP Vivace mono blocks with my KEF Reference 3 speakers for what I consider serious audiophile listening due to how close to full range they are, great detailed deep bass. Each has their strong points and all are enjoyable to the point that if I had to I could live with anyone but only if I had to.
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  17. MacGyver

    MacGyver Forum Resident

    Quite... all 60+ lbs. worth of it;





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  18. rcspkramp

    rcspkramp Forum Resident

    Vancouver, WA USA
    Pass Labs XA-25, no worries.
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  19. Ingenieur

    Ingenieur A dog looking for a home

    Back in PA

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  20. avanti1960

    avanti1960 Forum Resident

    Chicago metro, USA
    Happy but not 100% unfortunately.
    If anyone has suggestions-
    24 db gain or less
    clear and dynamic
    200 wpc at 4 ohms min
    20 khz input impedance or more
    ultra smooth treble
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  21. KT88

    KT88 Senior Member

    Rogue Dragon, and C-J makes some smooth AB amps. You might try Pass also, but 200w is a tall order. Treble can be tricky at that point. Hence the price tags of the examples mentioned.
    - Bill
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  22. arcamsono

    arcamsono Forum Resident

    Yes Couterpoint SOLID 1 E.Bought in 2007.used,very little when got it.like 17 yrs ago.
  23. chili555

    chili555 Forum Resident

    Happy with the operation and, especially, the sound of my amplifier? Yes. Happy that there are many more amplifiers out there that I haven't yet tried? Well....

  24. rcspkramp

    rcspkramp Forum Resident

    Vancouver, WA USA
    The Coda S 20 comes really close to your requirements. Check it out.
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  25. DPC

    DPC Forum Resident

    CODA No. 8 (V1 or V2) may fit the bill, too.
    CODA is great stuff.
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