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Old 1st October 2006, 04:47 PM   #1
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Default Trends Audio TA-10: Modding Potential?

Just attended one of the two Hi-Fi Shows taking place here in Brussels over the weekend, ostensibly to get a look at the Sonic Impact Super T-Amp which was on display.

Having recently gotten my hands on an original T-Amp, I was kinda shocked that the Super-T was quite a good deal larger than I was expecting.

What really caught my eye, however, was a new contender in the Tripath stakes by a Hong Kong firm calling itself Trends Audio.

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From what I could tell, the build seemed pretty good and the sound was nice, considering show conditions, etc.

Has anyone here had a play with one of these yet?

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Old 1st October 2006, 05:28 PM   #2
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For someone not interested in building their own amp, this looks like a better alternative than the SI stuff.

This amp sells in Hong Kong for HKD$769 or about USD$99. I'm sure if you could manage to get it shipped to say the US, shipping would probably be another $30 or so, still a fair deal compared to a SuperT.

Here is a link for a HK site that sells it. Just paste it into google translator.

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Trends is sending me one of the amps for investigation and review.

Look for it soon on my site. The concept looks good. Not much room in the box for modding, tho.
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For someone not interested in building their own amp, this looks like a better alternative than the SI stuff.

This amp sells in Hong Kong for HKD$769 or about USD$99. I'm sure if you could manage to get it shipped to say the US, shipping would probably be another $30 or so, still a fair deal compared to a SuperT.

Here is a link for a HK site that sells it. Just paste it into google translator.

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Click the "Eng" button on the left hand side right below the
Buyoyo logo and you get the site in Engish.

I'm tempted to get one myself even as I'm patiently trying to
assemble an Amp6.

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Old 4th October 2006, 02:34 AM   #5
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Trends is sending me one of the amps for investigation and review.

Look for it soon on my site. The concept looks good. Not much room in the box for modding, tho.
Hi Pano,

Looking forward to reading your impressions!

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Old 4th October 2006, 02:54 AM   #6
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Wow, I can't believe I missed that.


Oh well, thanks.
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Old 24th October 2006, 12:31 AM   #7
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Hi Dexter

It was nice to meet you at the High Fidelity Belgium. For what it is worth coming from an distributor off the TA-10:

The TA-10 uses an lower gain factor than the SI T-amps. This results in an lower undistorted wattage. I find the sound of the TA-10 amp more refined and less "in your face" than the SI T-amps. The bass is more controlled and deeper.

The TA-10 demo you heard in Brussel, played with an 85 dB/W/M mini transmissionline.

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I have one of these now and have been doing a bit of listening.

Very nice right out of the box. Smooth top end.
Gain is higher than I'd like, maybe higher than the Sonic Impact. Will test to verify.

Bass and dynamics are pretty good, much better than the S.I., but not nearly as good as an AMP6.

Will post more ASAP.
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Old 24th October 2006, 12:32 PM   #9
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Interesting the gain difference. Trends Audio told me they use a lower gain. Will there be measurments of this amp on your site Michael / Panomaniac ?

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Old 24th October 2006, 12:39 PM   #10
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interesting - that enclosure appears to be the same exact one I bought on Ebay (from a HK seller) that I used for my Charlize amplifier...
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