What's your amp history?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Strat-Mangler, Aug 2, 2021.

  1. Monty12

    Monty12 Forum Resident

    Burlington Ontario
    Yamaha as1100
    Emotiva Xpa-2
    Arcam sa 30
    Arcam sa20
    Bluesound powernode 2i
    Sony TA -A1ES
    Ps Audio Sprout 100
    Parasound Jc5
    Parasound A23+
    Primaluna Evo 400 integrated
    Nad m33
    Luxman 550axii
    Luxman 590axii
    Yamaha as 2200

    So at the moment the 590axii is in my main room and the as2200 is in my 2nd room.

    Through my journey of amps I can say that hearing an amp in your room with your speakers is of incredible importance......I understand that is not very easy to do, but if you are thinking of an amp, a trial at your house is the best way to go.

    And I'm done amp shopping. Yes, yes, I know how that sounds...but unless I get new speakers, I'm happy
    AL01 likes this.
  2. ca1ore

    ca1ore Forum Resident

    Stamford, CT, USA
    SAE 2100/SAE 2401/Adcom 555/Adcom 565 monos/Arcam (don’t recall the model #)/Quicksilver M60/Quicksilver V4/Krell KAV 2250/Krell KAV 3250/Krell showcase 7/ VTL MB450 II.

    Started using four column speakers, thus different amps for the panels and woofers and the somewhat eclectic list.
    SteveFord and Monty12 like this.
  3. Grootna

    Grootna Forum Resident

    Dallas, TX
    Heathkit AA-100....built by my Father
    Sony HP-610A...all in one system
    Dynaco SCA80Q...built from kit
    Kenwood KA 3600
    Yamaha A1.....wish I would have kept
    Adcom GFA-555
    Marantz 8B.... definitely wish I would have kept
    Hafler DH-100
    Accuphase P20
    Teac HA-501
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2021
    Monty12 likes this.
  4. Monty12

    Monty12 Forum Resident

    Burlington Ontario
    How do I edit my previous post?
  5. Ilusndweller

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

    Columbus, Ohio
    Amps (power or integrated)

    Pioneer SA-1060 (sleeper, from parents rack system purchased in about 84)
    Luxman M120A
    Sony TA-N55ES
    NAD 2700
    Kyocera A-910
    Forte Model 3
    Cybernet CA-700 (they were bought by Kyocera)
    Kyocera A-710 (sounds just like A-910)
    JVC A-X5
    NAD 326
    Hitachi IA-600
    Denon POA-2800
    Innersound ESL800
    Innersound iPower 750
    Counterpoint NPS-100A
    Rogue Sphinx V2

    Im missing a few whose model numbers I dont recall, but the above are all "worthy" amps and I think I got the order mostly correct. Everything works except for the Luxman and NAD 2700.
    jonwoody likes this.
  6. Tony Plachy

    Tony Plachy Senior Member

    Pleasantville, NY
    Monty, There is an edit button that you can use, but I think it only last for a certain period of time and then you are stuck with what you posted.
    Monty12 likes this.
  7. Monty12

    Monty12 Forum Resident

    Burlington Ontario
    Ok thanks
  8. KeithL

    KeithL Forum Resident

    London, UK
    Amstrad 4000
    Teleton 206
    Leak 2000
    Quad 22 / 11
    Hitachi HA-330
    Technics SU-A600
    Creek 4040 MK3 - stowed away safely
    Arcam Alpha One
    Naim 42.5/140
    Naim 202/200
    Naim 72/140
    Naim 102/140
    Naim 282/250
    Marantz PM Ki Pearl
    Exposure XXV RC
    Roksan Caspian M2
    Sugden A21a
    Linn Majik integrated
    Berning ZH-270
    NAD C326BEE - standby
    Luxman L-550A11 - everyday driver

    Of the ones that have departed the Roksan, Exposure and Sugden are missed the most.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2021 at 4:42 PM
  9. rl1856

    rl1856 Forum Resident

    My amplifier progression:

    Main System

    Emerson tube stereo console
    no name 8 track/receiver
    Heathkit AR1500 receiver built by m father and handed down to me
    Adcom 535 (used with a Hafler DH101 preamp)
    Dynaco ST70 (used with a VanAlstine Super Pas3)
    -various vintage tube amps: Heath W4, W5, Fisher 30a, Eico HF86, HF87
    Cary 40Mse
    Audio Research D70
    Triode TRV M845SE (current amp)

    I also listen from time to time to restored Mac 225 and 240 amps.


    Fisher X202
    NAD 7060
    Musical Fidelity a3.2 (current)


    Sony HT receiver
    Marantz AV600 + NAD 903 amp
    Marantz SR19 HT receiver
    Marantz SR7009 (current)
  10. AL01

    AL01 Eh?


    Tell me 'bout the Sony!

    Always had a soft spot for anything Sony related, be it TVs, Play Stations, clocks, etc.
  11. Monty12

    Monty12 Forum Resident

    Burlington Ontario
    I liked it....at the time I wanted to incorporate subs and it doesn't have any pre outs to accommodate that. I believe that was the reason I moved it on. But it's a nice integrated, and it's a perfect match for the Sony Hap-Z1ES.
    AL01 likes this.
  12. Crab33

    Crab33 Well-Known Member

    United Kingdom
    My amp history is a bit up and down, and I'm probably now in a similar part of the market as to where I started off in the 1970s...

    Pioneer SX-636 receiver (lovely unit but needed to use Loudness button)
    JVC JA-S44 amp (nice meters but needed to use built-in equaliser or Loudness button)
    NAD 3020 amp (maybe a downgrade in terms of price and power, but a more solid sound)
    Pioneer A400 amp (wonderful solid sounding amp)
    Audiolab 8000A amp (didn't care for its gritty sound and it soon broke down)
    Marantz PM-66SE KI Signature amp (much cleaner, crisper sound)
    NAD Viso Two receiver (gorgeous looks and dynamic sound but a touch unrefined)
    Yamaha A-S300 amp (solid sound with nice dynamics)
    Yamaha A-S501 amp (highly dynamic and detailed sound with great clarity)
  13. thegage

    thegage Forum Currency Nerd

    More than I care to think about. Part of the excess is due to the fact that for a number of years I was bi-amping some VMPS speakers, and could never find the right combo. Another factor is that I like aspects of both tube and solid state, and so have bounced back and forth, sometimes rebuying the same brand/model. Finally, some for second systems, some when I went integrated when the kids were little, or just because I like to experiment. Yeah, I had a "thing" for counterpoint there for a while, but quality control eventually drove me away. McCormack also (but great quality). Been climbing up the PrimaLuna ladder lately, but we'll see if the Decware on order displaces it. In reverse order:

    Decware Zen Torii MK V (on order)
    PrimaLuna EVO 300
    PS Audio Stellar S300
    Schiit Aegir
    PrimaLuna Dialogue Premium HP
    PrimaLuna ProLogue Five
    PrimaLuna ProLogue Four
    NSMT A100 (digital chip amp)
    McCormack DNA .5 Deluxe with SMc Rev A mods
    Belles 150a Reference
    Parasound Halo A23
    Parasound 2125
    Odyssey Dual Mono
    B&K ST-140
    Latino ST-70 Tube
    Counterpoint SA-100
    NAD 7020 Receiver
    McCormack DNA-225 with SMc Platinum mods
    McCormack DNA-125
    EVS 500M (class D)
    Bottlehead S.E.X.
    Cary SLA-70B Signature
    McCormack DNA-225
    QSC PLX 1202
    QSC RMX 1500
    Parasound HCA-1000
    Counterpoint NP-100
    Decware Zen SE84B
    Adcom GFA 5200
    Counterpoint SA-220
    Counterpoint SA-100
    Monarchy SM-70
    Audio Refinement Complete integrated
    Krell KAV-300i integrated
    Counterpoint SA-12
    Classe CA-201
    Aragon 8008BB
    Scott 222c integrated
    Adcom 555
    NAD 2200
    Harmon Kardon HK770
    Luxman R-1120A receiver
    Onkyo A7 integrated
    Heathkit integrated (from my father)
    Monty12 likes this.
  14. Tony Plachy

    Tony Plachy Senior Member

    Pleasantville, NY
    This is beyond human comprehension! :confused:
  15. thegage

    thegage Forum Currency Nerd

    Well, it does cover more than 45 years!

  16. Jim N.

    Jim N. Get off my lawn, punk, or hear my Mossberg sing!

    So Cal
    From what I can remember..
    Technics SA8100X (can't remember which Pioneer receiver I had before that)
    Adcom GFA-555
    Odyssey Stratos Stereo Supreme

    And that covers more than the past 50 years. 4 freaking amps...
  17. FuzzyNightmares

    FuzzyNightmares Well-Known Member

    Sugden a21se is it so far. Just waiting on my speakers so it’s living in a box :cry:

    ALAN SICHERMAN Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, NY

    Cleveland, OH
    My first amp was an XAM receiver I bought from Korvettes dept store. Years later I owned a Proton receiver, 25 wpc. Today I still use my Creek 5350 SE integrated amp which I've had for the last 20 years.
  19. MoatsArt

    MoatsArt Curating madness since 1756

    NSW, Australia
    Audiophilia is a rich man's game. So, "If I were a rich man...

    If I were a rich man
    Ya ba dibba dibba dibba dibba dibba dibba dum
    All day long I'd sit and spin some discs
    If I were a wealthy man

    I'd build a big, tall amp with caps by the dozen
    Right in the middle of the house
    WE 300B with Yamamoto sockets below
    There would be two output transformers wound with silver in the UK
    Amorphous core for those who care
    And one sitting idle just for show.....
  20. avanti1960

    avanti1960 Forum Resident

    Chicago metro, USA
    definitely needs pictures ! mostly mainstream stuff through the years......
    effula, Tim 2, Morbius and 2 others like this.
  21. KeithL

    KeithL Forum Resident

    London, UK
    Great idea, though pictures also need captions. Resolution is too low to zoom in.
  22. Gasman1003

    Gasman1003 Forum Diplomat.

    Liverpool, England
    Marantz 1060: 1979 - 1991
    Mission Cyrus II: 1991 - 2018 (still have it)
    Quad II Classic Integrated: 2018 - date.
    Quad PA One + Headphone Amp: 2019 - date.
    Tim 2 likes this.
  23. Batty

    Batty Well-Known Member

    South Australia
    Built my first receiver as an electronics apprentice as part of the course 2.5 watts into 15 ohms.
    Amstrad 35wpc, then Pioneer SA610, Cyrus2 + PSX, Copland CSA14, Copland CSA29 which I still have, but I also have A Denon PMA250 II, Luxman L-1, a couple of small Topping T amps, Musical Fidelity A1, DIY Pass ACA and M2X.
    Pre amps are DIY Elekit TU8500, DIY audio B1 Korg and a B1.
  24. William Kucharski

    William Kucharski Forum Resident

    JC Penney MCS Series All-in-One Rack System
    Sony STR-AV560 Receiver
    Carver M1.5t
    Adcom GFA-555
    Mark Levinson No. 27
    Mark Levinson No. 334
    Ayre MX-R Twenty
  25. jcn3

    jcn3 Forum Resident

    dates are estimates . . .

    1976 kenwood kr-2600
    1979 kenwood kr-6600
    1984 hafler dh-220 (kit)
    1997 mark levinson 331
    2008 creek evolution 50a
    2016 parasound a21
    2020 parasound jc5

    Gasman1003 likes this.

Share This Page