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Old 19th June 2009, 07:14 PM   #1
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Default HLLY TAMP-20 with TA 2020 CHIP!

Hi,

I haven't posted for awhile, but I've been checking in. I'm updating everyone on all of my Amp adventures for the last year! Also my newest, the HLLY TAMP-20 with the TA2020 Chip.

I didn't see a post here on this yet, so it could be a new product?

I just picked one of these up on ebay for $52 plus the $22 shipping! I should get it in a week. I like the TA 2020 chip, so I've been looking at some of these new 2020 ones lately. This one looked the best. It looks pretty good to me, but I'm not an expert like many of you. Can someone please evaluate the board, there are some nice pics of it in the link I will post. I would really appreciate it. Thanks!


http://cgi.ebay.com/HLLY-20W-TAMP-20...3A1%7C294%3A50


I started with the old T-Amp years ago, then got the Trends, then got the Super T-Amp, the got the Charlize Amp, which I like the best! I like the TA 2020 chip. This amp was only a fraction of the cost of Charlize however, so I can't wait to evaluate it. I'll share my findings after it's broken in.

The SMPS that comes with it looks like a really good one from what I can see, it looks like 4A output. That alone costs around $25. I found a really good 4A SMPS about a year ago that I use when I'm not using my 12v 7AH battery. It sounds close to the battery.

Sidenote: OT, I've been listening to my Sansui receiver(s) that I've now bought and sold on ebay. Had a Sansui when I was young I started this late last summer and Found what I think may be the best receiver ever made! I sold all of the ones that it took me to find this model. It was so good I had to get a second one (of the same model) for my basement system. Ok, here we go, it has amazing depth to the soundfield with a black background (like Tripath)! Amazing Resolution and Clarity like that of a Tripath Amp. But it also has the warmth and articulation of the music like Sansui was known for! And the best visual red LED power meters ever made.

I'm sharing it now. Only made in 1981,1982 the Sansui 8900ZDB.

Marc
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Old 19th June 2009, 10:22 PM   #2
cheric is offline cheric  United States
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tripath07,
I bought this board (no case or p/s) for $31 a couple of months ago and modified it. It does sound impressive but I still like the Trends better. Bear in mind that I am not an electronician nor a musician. Just an old set of ears.
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Old 20th June 2009, 01:07 PM   #3
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cheric,

It looks great! You did a really nice job. I'll let you know how I like mine after it's broken in for over 300 hours or so. But I agree it's all in each person's ears.
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Old 21st June 2009, 04:51 PM   #4
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I also have this HLLY TA2020 board with the exact set up as yours. Same brand capacitors, except I have a stepped potentiometer. I also have a modified Trends TA2024. The Hlly in my opinion sounds very detailed and analytical whereas the Trends more musical. What is that black area on the right side of your case?
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Old 21st June 2009, 04:57 PM   #5
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inmrio,
I am using an old RCA DirecTV case and the original plastic frame is on the bottom. I took all the "guts" out but left the frame intact. It would act as an insolator between the steel bottom and the electronic parts. The "black part" was where the old power supply located.
You are right. The Trends is more musical but the HLLY T2020 has a wider sound stage. It's not fair to compare these two units as they use different chipsets but for the price...it is more than a bargain.
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Old 23rd June 2009, 12:13 AM   #6
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inmrio, cheric,

I'm really looking forward to getting this amp and breaking it in. I was wondering if either of you could tell me what brand the big dark blue input cap is? cheric, I see you removed it, inmrio did you also remove it?

Thanks!
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Old 23rd June 2009, 03:18 AM   #7
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I removed the cap and I replaced them with Obligato oil caps.
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Old 23rd June 2009, 03:26 AM   #8
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Thanks. Do you remember what brand it was?
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Old 23rd June 2009, 01:33 PM   #9
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The signal input caps are Epcos 1uf and the power cap is Elna 2200uf.
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Old 23rd June 2009, 03:47 PM   #10
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My board had ' BC-brand?' 2.2uf 250v.
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