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Old 21st September 2017, 10:33 PM   #101
Johnny2Bad is offline Johnny2Bad  Canada
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Congrats on your new design, Hugh.

" ... It reminds me of a funny proverb, 'The quality is remembered long after the cost is forgotten'. ..."

I believe that is an old Rolls Royce ad copy. How appropriate.

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Old 22nd September 2017, 12:56 AM   #102
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Thanks Johnny,
I appreciate it!
It took a lot of time and effort, but even 18 months later I'm very happy with results. I listen every day to it, all my customers are delighted, and I think it's my best musical amp!
I'm working on a headphone amp now, I see a future selling them because higher population and a growing Asian middle class where listeners like their music delivered in a quiet space in their head......

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Old 3rd May 2018, 11:32 AM   #103
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Spoke to Hugh today on the phone and I must say he is a wonderful bloke, a true gentleman and very humble!
I might be swinging by to have a demo this weekend, all depends on my Wife allowing me to go out and play. I'm so excited but I'm scared at the same time, I might like the Maya & Saksa too much!!!

Cheers mate!
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Old 3rd May 2018, 11:56 AM   #104
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I am very interesting about your impressions.

Take some of your favorite and very good recordings and tell us if you get excited -and how much in front your system- when you hear them.

Classical, jazz, acoustic, live... do not hip hop!

Tonight in AC forums I wrote:

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J. S. Bach, Concerto Köln ‎– Brandenburgische Konzerte (2018), vinyl

What classical music you listening to, luv?

Great sound, music and interpretation but without emotion. Digital master -> clean sound but...
I want EMOTION.

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Old 3rd May 2018, 11:13 PM   #105
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I am very interesting about your impressions.

Take some of your favorite and very good recordings and tell us if you get excited -and how much in front your system- when you hear them.

Classical, jazz, acoustic, live... do not hip hop!

Tonight in AC forums I wrote:

I want EMOTION.
I spoke to my wife last night about the trip. Well I lie, I said there is a guy not far from us and he makes beautiful amplifiers we should go have a listen sometime. I have to ease her into it because she gets bored with my hobbies. So I plant a seed first then I leave it for a bit then when the time is right I continue with stage 2, something like let's go there this Sunday. If I sense any resistance I can always sweeten it with we can get a nice meal at a restaurant for lunch before hand, oh yeah by the way I'm buying an amplifier too! Lol.
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Old 6th May 2018, 01:03 PM   #106
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So today I got to Demo the SAKSA85 and MAYA200 at Hugh's. I was impressed by both amplifiers but I didnt know to what degree. It's hard to make judgement with different equipment in a different strange room. What was clear is the MAYA200 is on another level when compared A to B with the Saksa85, the SAKSA85 held it's own though, yes there is a difference.
Hugh let me borrow a spare SAKSA85 for a few weeks, which is nice of him and true to his character being honest, humble gentleman but not lacking in confidence because he knows what he has built is good.
As you can see I carefully put the amplifier in my boot.
Setup at my house....
FLAC Music - Usb Stick - Oppo UDP 203 - RCA - SAKSA85 - Kef Ci5160rl-thx reference speakers (4 ohm speakers)

I played a variety of Flac music from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Eurythmics, Deadmau5, Death Cab For Cutie, Oasis, Tron Legacy Soundtrack, Interpol, Pendulum, Artic Monkeys, Coldplay, Linkin Park, Kid Cudi. No classical, Jazz or vinyl at this stage (tomorrow perhaps lol).

I started with Pink Floyd and the Oppo connected to my Rotel 1585 200w per channel amplifier to get a base set for my ears. I played only 2 songs and then got bored so I hooked up the SAKSA85. 10 seconds into the first song I said #%$# off as my young 2 year old son sat next to me! I didnt expect it to be better than my Rotel that retails for $4,000 locally and it was immediately noticeable! Soon I was like this is too good to be true, surely it has a weak point but it handled all my music. Last test was Deadmau5 - Strobe and played it with clear seperation & depth.
But for me I was most amazed was when I had my head down uploading photos of the amplifier, my setup and what I was doing to my Instagram account and I would suddenly be interrupt by amazing sounds from songs that should easily pass through one ear and out the other ear but yeah they stopped me dead like a deer in headlights, they tickled my ear and brain demanding I pay attention and these were lesser known songs, song you skip. This is why I love this amplifier it opens up your music library and doesn't lock you in to a particular style of music.
It has great control from low volume to high volume and this is an issue I've noticed with some amplifiers, most notably Primare.
If I had to say which commercial brand amplifier is similar in sound characteristics to the SAKSA85 it would be Cambridge Audio.
I couldn't fault it so far after day 1. It does everything well its bass ch goes hard and up to the mid range it has nice grunt, the tone is amazing. But it's well balanced overall, it does everything really well. Seriously best amp going. If you need an amplifier then no need to look anymore, I fully endorse it and it reminds me of my conversations today with Hugh and his confidence in what he has designed and built.

Hope all I typed makes sense. It's getting late here and I'm typing it all on my phone.

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Old 6th May 2018, 03:15 PM   #107
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What was clear is the MAYA200 is on another level when compared A to B with the Saksa85
Without expensive shipping, customs and 21% VAT, living in Australia, MAYA200 must be very tempting. My big room and the equipment is kidnapped by TV and family. And worst: do not like my musics. To a second system, Saksa85 seems more aproppiate. I envy you.


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Compared to the R300 system that it replaced, the KEF system offers better bass response in the front channels. The vocals and midrange, with the UniQ driver, keep the same wonderful sound I bought the R300’s for. While an R900 might offer better bass response, there is no way I can put those in my room...
Wishing to hear your impressions with music that I usually listen to (classical, baroque, jazz, acoustic...) and that are much more demanding than the previous ones.

Yes it seems that Hugh is a good guy but ... I would be afraid that he would give me a hug for how big he is

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Old 6th May 2018, 03:27 PM   #108
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Old 7th May 2018, 12:03 AM   #110
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Well........ I'm astonished with HatlessChimp's comments..... I have to say that Chris is a gentle giant and a dedicated audiophile, he is actually a little taller than I am, he must be at least 190cms, and very quietly spoken, an impressive young man of 33. Ah, I dimly remember being 33, I had been married one year to my Sri (in Jakarta) and I was spending almost every weekend servicing cars for a little money. A young Army Captain doesn't have much income, but of course I had plenty of energy then.

Chris and I listened to my SAKSA at my home (he lives 90 minutes away from me) and he also really liked the Maya. Of course, my listening area is cluttered, and my speakers are a bit bass shy (transmission lines), but he liked it and I could see he was the digital generation - taking pictures and texting to his wife even as he listened!! I do not have this skill with a cell phone; for me its an inconvenience, have to answer the damn thing.... I like chatting to people face to face. Of course, I don't hear a cell phone very well with other noise around, the usual elderly hearing issues, worsened by heavy use of military rifles.

Yes, Maty T, I am very careful how I hug people, it's comical actually. I have to have a very large motorcycle, for example, because a small machine likes like a giant sitting on a small garden gate... here is a picture of me and friend October last year at my motorcycle!

Thank you Chris, I will bring the Maya to play in your home......

Ciao,

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