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Old 18th August 2013, 10:42 PM   #121
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Righto...the internet worked for me this morning. It must be due to the cold and wind. The new revised and ultra minimalist system which demonstrates that you indeed do high end retail hi fi for less than three grand
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Old 18th August 2013, 10:53 PM   #122
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Very nice, Sean. You are using the base of the case as the heatsink?

You completed this project very quickly...........

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Old 19th August 2013, 04:17 AM   #123
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Yes. The steel base and the heatsinks attached to it are the entire heatsink. Seems to work quite well.

The speed of the project was down to the fact that the case existed and was easily modified plus (of course) the module itself which is (as we know) not much work at all to connect up. Apart from the signal wires...I did wonder why you specced the three pin signal connectors rather than screw down gangs(?). And that attenuator caused me a little with its really small ground loop.
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Old 2nd September 2013, 04:09 AM   #124
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Just a quick note to say thank you to Hugh for allowing me a demo of the new NAKSA80 amp at the weekend. Also to say great to see you looking so well after your recent adventures!

The NAKSA80 is a very good amplifier and a fantastic achievement, not least as Hugh was close to death's door during much of the development. Vastly superior to my very early NAKSA70 (one of the first early prototypes before the values were finalised) and also to the 20W U/L class A tube amp I use as a reference, particularly on complex passages. This is one of the few SS amps I have heard which can blast out a tune at high volume whilst retaining all the quiet and complex background sounds. An old cliché, but I really did hear bits I had not heard before. Nice one Hugh...I'm in the queue!
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Old 2nd September 2013, 10:12 PM   #125
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Thank you Jon!

And thank you sincerely for wonderful hospitality on Saturday, I really enjoy my visit to you both, you know it's been 15 months!

I felt very pleased with the N80; this is a wonderful amp with the best features of both tube and SS amps. It's taken many years to reach this point.......

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Old 23rd September 2013, 01:24 PM   #126
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Hello Hugh

Congratulations on your new amp

In case i later want to use difficult speakers, what is the Maximum peak current? And the S/ N?
I could go looking at each site, but I'd think you'd know, to the nearest $00 how much in Australia are all the other bits inc Harbuch, the custom al case and post?

Have you posted a pic or link to the custom case?

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Old 24th September 2013, 12:26 AM   #127
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Hi Otto,

Including the custom case (see Digital Audio Review from Johnny Darko here: Hugh Dean's NAKSA 80 | Digital Audio Review by John Darko), the binding posts, IEC and switch and the Harbuch transformer, you include around $1300 including GST. If you get me building it for plug 'n play, you are looking at $1950 including a Stepped Attenuator (volume level) but no source selection.

I cannot build integrated amps. Too much parts, too labour, and insufficient large volume manufacture. I can only do power amplifiers, with a level control - all hand made.

I cannot offer features. I offer unique sound, and stellar performance. I strongly discourage people from using my amps with multiple sources. My amps are suited only for solitary use of audiophiles who want the best musical sound they can get.

After a serious illness last year my energies are limited. I can work 2-3 hours a day at present but I'm hoping in another year I will be able to work 5 hours a day. This limits my throughput, of course, but I'm concerned to avoid hard work so that I live a long time!

The full peak current would be 7 amps. (42volt rail into 8R loudspeaker). If you want more full peak, you would need the NAKSA 100, which will do just under double this. (12A).

Thank you for your kind comment about the NAKSA!

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Old 24th September 2013, 01:08 PM   #128
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Thanks Hugh

I might have to adjust my 2nd quarter budget

Cheers for now!
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Old 29th September 2013, 11:44 PM   #129
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Hi Hugh,

Having lived with your Naksa 80 for a few months I'm perhaps even more delighted with it now than when I first purchased it. It's fast,rich,involving and very transparent.
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Hi Hugh,

Having lived with your Naksa 80 for a few months I'm perhaps even more delighted with it now than when I first purchased it. It's fast,rich,involving and very transparent.
Here, here. I'd also add 'clean when loud' to the superlatives. The El Camino album from The Black Keys with its Muscle Shoals studio 'sound' (think alive and distorted) is a joy to listen to - and to watch a three year old boogie to as well.
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