Originally Posted by pjp
Congrats! Looks really nice. Look forward to hearing more about your experiences with it.
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Originally Posted by drewTT
^Cool looking piece. How does it sound? Is it UL listed? The chi-fi stuff usually scares me, especially with tubes.
So far so good. I've had it up and running for 6-8 hours now and it sounds great! It replaces a very good Yamaha A-S1000 integrated amp that I've had for a couple of years. Just sold it to a BIL, and I'm kind of hoping he doesn't like it! I can have 2 integrated amps can't I?
Anyway, it does sound very similar to the Yamaha, but it does female voices just a bit better than the Yamaha. First thing I noticed, anyway. Tubes, at least good tubes, are quite similar to solid state, but have qualities in sound that some like better, and some do not. The KT88 power tubes that come with this amp are considered some of the best for music. My last tube amp was a VTA ST-120
, pure amp, no preamp side as an integrated amp has. It had 6550 power tubes, a push-pull design, as is this amp. I think this is very close to that amp, but with somewhat better audio quality. An opinion many that have heard both share, the K88 is just better all round. The ST-120 did nothing particularly wrong, but didn't have the flexibility that comes with an integrated amp. This amp has direct amp inputs so I can power my front mains with it, using my AVR to control tone and volume. Kinda rare in a tube integrated, but very handy to have.
So far I'm liking what I hear. My $5 garage find, a Denon DCD-1500 from 1986 sounds very good through this amp. I'm listening to some FLAC files routed through an Emotiva XDA-2 ATM, it too sounds excellent. I suppose there are those that won't like the sound of this amp as much as I do. YMMV!
FWIW I saved over $150 buying from China Hi-Fi over ordering off Amazon. Shipping time was 10 days from ordering to showing up at my doorstep. Paid via PayPal, so I'm covered if anything goes wrong. With a steady 6-8 hours so far its still working just fine. It comes with a one year warranty. I suppose shipping it back won't be cheap, but hopefully it won't come to that.
Thanks for the questions and comments. So far, I love it! But I'm easy to please. Just ask my ex-wife!