What is your endgame integrated amplifier?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Naka9, Nov 6, 2022.

  1. Blank Frank

    Blank Frank King of Carrot Flowers

    *Looks down room*

    Vitus RI-101; realistically this is it.

    However, as in the equivalent 'speaker thread, if more funds, a larger and detached house, and the sort of speakers mentioned therein, I'd love to hear others from up the Vitus range and also D'Agostino, given my liking for Dan era Krell.
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  2. jonwoody

    jonwoody Tragically Unhip

    Washington DC
    Frank just wondering how you listen to your Vitus, nice system btw, with no interconnects or speaker cables? :D
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  3. Ilusndweller

    Ilusndweller S.H.M.F.=>Reely kewl.

    Columbus, Ohio
    Kyocera A-910

    "Probably one of the best and best-sounding 1980s integrated amplifiers."
  4. NoBody99

    NoBody99 Forum Resident

    That amp is impressive as far as 'speed' or dynamic response.

    The AHB2 is a 'Benchmark' pun intended. ;)
    The slew rate is 16 V / uSec
    Rise time 3.5 uSec, or 1/4 cycle 71 kHz

    90 V / uSec !!
    1 uSec, 250 kHz

    Great engineering
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  5. RWBadley

    RWBadley A Long Strange Trip

    Reno NV USA
    I am running a Luxman 30 watt class A. I do not leave it on, but turn it on about 10-15 minutes prior to critical listening. It’s plenty.

    It sounds great from startup but does smooth out after a bit.

    Yes the class A does use some juice, but I don’t think it’s any more than some tube amps I’ve had in the past
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  6. DennyCrane

    DennyCrane Active Member

    No Gryphon fans here?
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  7. Bill Hart

    Bill Hart Forum Resident

    The VAC Phi-Beta 110i is one of the most beautiful integrated amps I've seen. It was built a while ago and as I understand it, never made money. Anybody ever hear one:

    I don't think I've ever owned an integrated, always had basic amps and preamps or line stages plus separate phono. I get the upsides. I'm not sure the downsides (heat if tube) is a huge factor unless the amp is pushed hard. But if I were ever to buy one, that unit is probably the first I'd want to hear, even though it has been out of production for years. Stunning, don't you think? (And given the company's rep, well built).
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  8. Naka9

    Naka9 music first audiophile Thread Starter

    The Kyocera top line was stunning indeed.

    Here is another best from the past: Musical Fidelity A-1000, once a endgame integrated.

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  9. Blank Frank

    Blank Frank King of Carrot Flowers

    Audio pixies, Jon. They run and fly around carrying the music...

    Real reason: read and been involved in far too many Cable Wars over the years, so I just don't discuss cables and sometimes, per my profile here, try to ignore their existence.

    In reality, I do have I/Cs and speaker cables of a sort I feel appropriate to the rest of the kit.
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  10. allied333

    allied333 Audiophile

    After owning about 20 tube amps with upgrades and best tubes my lowly Allied 333 (Pioneer SX-34) is my end amp. Sounds poor in stock form, needs best tubes and paper in oil coupling capacitors. It sounds beyond belief, but no one here would believe it. I have been ridiculed owning it as listed in my profile. The Allied 333 outperformed a DIY PP 45 tube amp using best parts & tubes with Dynaco audio transformers that measured top of list with over 50 audio transformers tested with a scope.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2022
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  11. BSC

    BSC Forum Resident

    Glasgow, Scotland
    I had the Gryphon Atilla for about 18months. I would rate it good at the price point but not the best. I know they have the models further up the range but I wouldn't go there out of instinct if I could buy any integrated. Might ask for a demo though.
  12. BSC

    BSC Forum Resident

    Glasgow, Scotland
    I am very happy with my current amp the Technics SU R1000 but the best integrated I have heard/owned was the Esoteric A-100. If I won the lottery I would seek one of these out just for fun-they are rare.

    There's bound to be some killer integrated in the top price range I would like to hear Dartzeel.
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  13. tIANcI

    tIANcI Wondering when the hifi madness will end

    I have heard the Diablo 300 through the Mojo S, it’s raunchy. Gives you that concert kind of feel. Heard it through the SF Olympica III … it’s sweet and clear.

    I do like it a lot but it’s so big. Real chunky amp for me. The remote is so cool looking.
  14. daytona600

    daytona600 Forum Resident

    Synthesis NYC 200i
    230wpc Two pairs of KT120 tubes per channel are driven by a combination of ECC83 and 12BH7 triodes

  15. Tim 2


    Alberta Canada
    A very similar meter I have requires separating the positive and negative leads.
  16. KeithL

    KeithL Forum Resident

    London, UK
    The red thing in the second and third photos is an AC line splitter, designed specifically for a clamp meter.
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  17. Big Blue

    Big Blue Forum Resident

    Hard for me to really answer this, because “endgame” suggests I’ll get to play the game, which I don’t see in the near future (current system sounds about as good as I’d expect to achieve in the space I have), but there is something about Luxman components that makes me think of them as the ultimate, for me.

    However, I think if I was in a position to be playing the game, my endgame would be separates with mono-blocks, not an integrated amp.
  18. Naka9

    Naka9 music first audiophile Thread Starter

    Well, everything that I have read about the Kinki Studio EX-M1 make wonder if this can be my endgame integrated. For the price it is a knock out design.

  19. Waxxy

    Waxxy Cold Turkey

    Top 'o the line in '89! JVC AX-z1010. 100 WPC into 8 ohms and peak power of 320 WPC into 2 ohms! Integrated with mm/mc phono and superb built-in DAC. It's a great amp! I've owned one for a few years now and like it so much I bought a spare.

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  20. RWBadley

    RWBadley A Long Strange Trip

    Reno NV USA
    I now have about 100 hours on a Luxman L595ase.

    Last night I was playing Ray Brown and Laurindo Almeida, Moonlight Serenade. It’s just the two of them. It was quite spectacular within my own system and room. (I sit nearfield so the room becomes less an obstacle). It felt the Luxman was gone leaving only the music. That’s about as high praise I can give an amp.

    Having said that, I’d love to try the Luxman cl-1000 pre and a pair of the new Atmasphere class D mono amps, just for fun…
  21. Beatles4503

    Beatles4503 Forum Resident

    Really liking this 340i D3PX. An exceptional pairing with either my Dynaudio Heritage Specials or my newly acquired Magnepan LRS+.
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    Beatles4503 Forum Resident

  23. bjlefebvre

    bjlefebvre Forum Resident

    Washington DC-ish
    I have what I'm hoping/ expecting to be my end-game amp on its way - an LTA Ultralinear integrated.
    I have the LTA Z10 integrated and absolutely love it. I had considered that to be my end game, but I saw an ad for a used UL priced in Canadian dollars. Discount on top of discount. So here we go.

    But honestly, I figure my true "end game" amp - as in, the one that will be on my shelf after I retire, downsize prepare to be wormfood - to be a Yamaha AS-801. Great amp for the old-age home.
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  24. Winer

    Winer Well-Known Member

    Bay Area
    Was always a fan of Krell integrated amps. But, move into Benchmark LA4 and AHB2 x 2 bridged mono. All 3 are similar form factor to an integrated. Might want to give them a try. I consider them end game.
  25. Mike-48

    Mike-48 A shadow of my former self

    Portland, Oregon
    I've not had an integrated since the 1960s (when I had a receiver, I think*), but I'll chime in. Over the years, I've become more of an objectivist (though I still won't buy anything without listening first), a user of digital room correction, and someone less inclined to dream of over-the-top gear. My endgame integrated as of 2022 would be the NAD M33.

    * See signature.
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