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Old 15th April 2003, 12:35 PM   #1
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Default How do the gainclones sound???

I'm considering the gainclones but I've got a decent commercial pre- / power amp now (Simaudio Celeste 4070SE / 4001SE). Can someone comment on listening tests they've made against commercial amps? I realize passive component selection has a major impact on the sound of the amp so I won't go so far as to ask about the sonic signature. I've done a lot of researching (47 labs reviews, Thor amp, various other gainclone builders' sites) but what I'm really after is a subjective feel for just how good the gainclones are against the commercial competition in the $2-3K (and above) price range.
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A friend of mine chooses gainclone over Blue Circle Class A monoblocks BC-6 and BC-2.
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Old 15th April 2003, 01:23 PM   #3
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i cant really comment on sound quality that much, as im useing a very old rotel (RA 314) at the moment, but my test gainclone sounded so good (even though i only played it for about 5 minutes) that i have got sick of my rotel and er... 'borrowed' my dads NAD 304 untill the gainclone is finnished because i cant bear the noise the rotel makes
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How do they sound? Annoyingly good, actually! I spent
about £500 on my pair of OptiMOS 160W Class B monoblocks. They are great. I built a set of 4-box monoblocks (1 box for passive preamp, 1 box for PSU, 1 box per monoblock amp). They sound great...and only cost about £120 for everything. I'm giving them to my brother...They weren't quite as easy to listen to as my OptiMOS'. They were a bit lacking in the power department too, but a set of sensetive speakers (>= 89-90) will be louder than you can listen to, except in a party situation . They produce very fast bass and excellent voices. I can't comment on imagary 'cause my setup is so badly positioned - you'd all freak!

Here are some pics of mine...
Goto http://www.rarkovelectronics.co.uk
Click to enter, then on the GainClone link under the Projects heading.

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Old 15th April 2003, 08:22 PM   #5
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I just finished up a case for a friend's LM1785 based kits and he is amazed that a little, cheap chip on a board can sound this good. Given, he's not an audio nut like most of us, but he's heard a few of my better tube projects in the past and was astounded how good this little thing sounds. See some photos if you like-
http://hifitom2.home.mchsi.com/kit50_case.htm
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Old 15th April 2003, 08:26 PM   #6
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Old 15th April 2003, 08:31 PM   #7
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I just finished up a case for a friend's LM1785 based kits
I'm curious -- where'd you get the vented panels? I've been looking for something just like that.
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Old 15th April 2003, 08:38 PM   #8
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Old 15th April 2003, 09:38 PM   #9
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Hi Rob,

We have a great surplus place around here with all sorts of misc parts. I found a stack of these and they really work out great. Here's 2 being used as a top cover for my gainclone- http://hifitom2.home.mchsi.com/TGC.htm

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We have a great surplus place around here with all sorts of misc parts. I found a stack of these and they really work out great. Here's 2 being used as a top cover for my gainclone- http://hifitom2.home.mchsi.com/TGC.htm
Are they metal? Can you buy me some, I'll be glad to pay you for the material, shipping and lunch. they look really interesting for Electrostatic panels...


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