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Old 23rd January 2012, 11:58 AM   #1
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Default Firtwatt F5 built - where to buy?

I would like your expert opinion on where I can get a finished First Watt F5. Unfortunately I have no time nor skill to build one... Europe would be preferable. I am looking for a solid build, balanced if possible. Please help!
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Old 23rd January 2012, 12:00 PM   #2
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Are you looking for New, Second Hand genuine F5 or a Custom Built DIY.
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Old 23rd January 2012, 12:04 PM   #3
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The balanced version of the F5 is being Group Built under the F5x name as designed by EUVL.

I'd expect a completed stereo amplifier to cost well over 1000 for this DIY effort.
A PASS version could well be more than double that.
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I would be interested in a second hand original, or a new one built by some credible maker. Anyway, I would be glad to consider any option to be honest...
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The balanced version of the F5 is being Group Built under the F5x name as designed by EUVL.
Andrew, does this mean this project is actually being sold???
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Not yet, but the results might not suit every builder in the Group Build.
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Old 23rd January 2012, 12:18 PM   #7
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Where does your DIY expertise lie ?

Maybe someone could do the electronics side for you and leave you to build a nice cabinet for it.

In DIY guise you are looking at FAR LESS than 500 for an F5.

Probably even as low as 300 - this is just an estimate but they're not expensive to build.

Do you really need that balanced version ?

If you are using external equipment with RCA connections - then the answer is probably No.
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The rest of the system is balanced CD->preamp->poweramp But I guess I'd live with an unbalanced amplifier. As far as my expertise goes... let's just say "forget it". I want a finished one... It's quite strange I can't seem to find any on the internet (finished)...
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Maybe someone would be interested in building one on demand for me....
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Old 23rd January 2012, 01:00 PM   #10
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The problem with DIY is "personal taste".

Have a look at the finished projects part of Pass Diy.

If you could come up with a chassis (case) then I'm sure someone will build one for you.
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