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Old 26th September 2007, 03:50 PM   #11
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I find it very funny how SI used the heading "Pro Amplifiers" on their website.

It's also worth noting that they have reduced the listed output power of the standard SI and the Gen 2 to 5W per channel while leaving the Super-T's listing at 15W per channel... What a marketing ploy.
Yes the "M" word. IMHO that's all this new amp is.

I think Sonic Impact hit on something they weren't quite expecting with the original amp and now they are trying to ride the "T-Amp" horse until it has split hooves and broken legs.
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Old 26th September 2007, 03:52 PM   #12
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Your case looks killer! Did you... what, paint it? Bronze it? Something? Yours looks bronze, but the PE part you linked looks black.

Marketing ploy? Maybe just capitalism in action. Quality amp, great price but never in stock? The obvious answer is raise the price. If SF increases it's margins maybe they'll be able to manufacture them fast enough that you can buy one w/o a 2 month wait...
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Your case looks killer! Did you... what, paint it? Bronze it? Something? Yours looks bronze, but the PE part you linked looks black.
The ends are scrap pieces of copper I had. I would have been fine using the stock end plates and some hammer finish, but I had the copper already and I thought it would look better.
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Marketing ploy? Maybe just capitalism in action. Quality amp, great price but never in stock? The obvious answer is raise the price.
All three amps SI offers (T-amp, Gen 2, and Super-T) use the same Tripath chip and basically the same circuit and components. I'll bet the Gen 2 is just a slightly revised T-amp (probably just a few component upgrades) in a new case with a higher price.
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Well I'll know soon. Have one on the way.

Won't be able to do any modding until after RMAF, but I'll post what info I find - along with pix.
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your amp looks great. where did u get the knob?


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Well I'll know soon. Have one on the way.

Won't be able to do any modding until after RMAF, but I'll post what info I find - along with pix.
always look forward your input and pictures so newbies like me can follow.

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Sweet! Thx, Pano, for stepping up and taking the gamble. I figured you'd probably be near the front of the line to try a new one...
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your amp looks great. where did u get the knob?
They bought them off ebay.....

http://cgi.ebay.com/3-40X19-Aluminum...QQcmdZViewItem

They are for spline shafts though. I didn't realize this when I bought them and had to modify them a bit to fit a D shaft. It was a PITA so I don't recommend trying it.
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Default First Look at GEN-2

Got one today. Nice little box. About the same size as the original Sonic. Still all plastic, but not nearly as tall. Thinner and deeper.

And it comes with a power supply! Ah, ha. That's where the higher price come in. Same style of 12V SMPS as comes with The Super-T or the Trends.

New amp has the same cheap little spring clips on the back for the speakers. Not the worlds best, but meant for a small portable amp like this. Good binding posts might weigh more than the whole amp.

Same 1/8" mini plug for audio input. Battery compartments on the sides underneath, just like the first one. 8 AA batteries.

Here's an odd thing, it has a headphone jack! I don't know yet how it's fed, it may simply jump off the input.

You can see the photo below with an old SI case on top for comparison.
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Default The Insides

What's inside?

Have a look at the photo below.
All new printed circuit board. New pot and switch. Cool blue LEDs for the volume knob.

On the right you'll see the wires leading to headphone jack.

There are 3 transistors on the PCB, don't know yet what they do, maybe power-on pop suppression.

Seems to be the same output section as the Sonic Gen-1. There is a 470uF cap on the PCB near pin 1 (lower left of photo). Might be the power cap AKA "tank cap."

I'll check into all this when I get a chance. Just thought y'all would like to see the new beast.
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