That is not too surprising. considering that the total cost of the components in the preamp and amplifier is about $40.
Look at the other features in it, and that is where most of the money went (and remember, the wholesale cost of it the whole thing is about $140).
I would recommend that you get a decent integrated amp, where the whole budget went into the amp and preamp circuits and NO money went to extraneous circuits.
I recommend the Cambridge Audio amplifiers, some of which are a very good deal just now because Cambridge is getting ready to bring out some new models. A 550A or 650A would be a huge improvement, methinks.
I started a new system at my new city house about a year and a half ago, and had an old Cambridge 340A, and it worked well with first my Boston bookshelf speakers and then my PSB Image T6 speakers. Than I went to a NAD C356 BEE, which was $800, and wasn't happy with the sound at all. I should have sent it back, but waited too long.
I ended up with a Musical Fidelity M3i, and it is fantastic, but that is $1500.
I have had some good NAD amps over the years, starting with the classic 3020 in 1980, but the 356BEE is a dud. People seem to like the 326BEE, and I have a 325BEE in my AV system at my big desert house, which works well with the KEF iQ9 in that system. Go figure.
Originally Posted by TKYR1967
I purchased the TX-8050 because of the features and the great price available through shoponkyo but I am amazed at how unhappy I am with the sound. It is so thin, and lifeless and bright. Is it my ears? I know it isn't the speakers (ACI Sapphire XL). I guess it is time to look for a better integrated.