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Old 27th October 2012, 02:27 PM   #1
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hi i have been looking into the idea of building a chip amp but unsure as yet,
have got a pair of monitor audio rs6 speakers i was using an audiolab 8000A amplifier last incarnation always pleased with it but my father brought me an onkyo tx-sr577 to try......... well all i can say is it blew the audiolab into oblivion what have i been missing out on the soundstaging is impeccable music flows all around and so involving can it get any better?????
was thinking of flogging audiolab bit of cash back or keeping and use for pre amp
and build/make two amps one for each speaker anyway looking through fleabay came across this but seller knows little about it/maybe swedish proto he says
any one any ideas when googled images another image comes up but with ac lead?????
Digital amplifier Tripath Gainclone for Lowther Quad Bel canto | eBay

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Old 27th October 2012, 02:46 PM   #2
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Sounds a bit ODD to me. Tri-Paths are normally Class D and GainClones are usually Class A/B. The fact that he has to switch it off and then back on again to get it to work seems dubious and 60 for a second hand home brew amp is just - well EXCESSIVE.

The chip-amps aren't MINDBLOWINGLY BRILLIANT. They are a cheap and convenient way of making an amplifier that is reasonable.

I would not get rid of the 8000A until you have at least auditioned your chip amp.

I've had Arcams in the past and my Pass Aleph 4 absolutely blows the AVR280 out of the water. While the Arcam was away being modified by CPA Acoustics we had an LM3886 set-up. It was OK but it just didn't rock my boat. You might prefer to try the Pass F5 as a project.

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Old 27th October 2012, 07:46 PM   #3
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at this part of the world chip amp is not known as a term.
a gainclone is known, and everything regardless of topology and used chip IS a chipamp.

sure its odd.
probably the same where that things is getting sold at.
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Old 28th October 2012, 08:39 AM   #4
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By Chip-Amp and Gain-Clone I meant the same thing.
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Old 29th October 2012, 11:41 AM   #5
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Please don't be overly influenced by opinions based on reviews of fairly simple chipamp designs. A gainclone implies a particular approach that doesn't exemplify what can be done with a more sophisticated design. I will happily put the advanced MyRef amps up against any on the diyAudio forum.

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