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Old 11th March 2009, 04:07 PM   #1
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Default Amps for the rest of us?

I ask this question here because you guys seem more interested in speakers than amps. I've found, that except for tubes amps, I don't find much difference in good amps anymore. I'll even admit that I find cheap T-amps to be pretty good.

So, I'm finding I need lots-o-amps from 50-150 watts. What's a high value single channel way to buy amps? I don't need a nice box, or a brand name.
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Old 11th March 2009, 07:13 PM   #2
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"GainClones" using LM3875/3886/4870 op-amps are pretty popular and can be built for about a dollar per watt.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gainclone

I've never built one, but I've considered it SEVERAL times.

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Old 11th March 2009, 08:57 PM   #3
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I've found, that except for tubes amps, I don't find much difference in good amps anymore.
I'm surprised...

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Old 11th March 2009, 09:23 PM   #4
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I'm surprised...
Me too. My modified Metaxas presents music differently to my friend's MF, which was different again to a borrowed Quad SS we heard in the same system. The differences were pronounced and significant... and this does not include chip amp or digital(ish) topologies etc.

As an aside, the 'old' Metaxas smashed the new Quad (and MF) in just about every way that mattered to us. Interesting. Ah, but I do look forward to going SET.

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Old 12th March 2009, 01:14 AM   #5
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Here are some high power T-amps I haven't seen before:
http://store.virtueaudio.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=26

Here's the popular parts express amp
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=300-812

It would be interesting to compare the T to the Parts Express AB design
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Old 12th March 2009, 01:52 AM   #6
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Gainclones all the way if you're looking for VFM. They're the most compelling argument for SS amplification.

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Here's the popular parts express amp
Click the image to open in full size.

Just ordered one of those. Even for just the chassis & power supply probably worthwhile. Doubt it will stay stock.

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Gainclones all the way if you're looking for VFM. They're the most compelling argument for SS amplification.
Althou good, not one of my chipamps comes close to our (similar cost) tube amp builds (alot more power on tap thou)

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Old 12th March 2009, 08:36 AM   #9
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There is some nice solid state out there, at a cost. So, chipamp if you need decent quality and decent power for a modest investment - you can do them in a way that does not cost heaps. Otherwise tubes, with - I believe I will ruffle some feathers - DH tubes offering a little something special (and perhps greater overall potential), if one seeks to exploit it. I have been planning to go the way of tubes for too long now.

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