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Old 10th May 2012, 07:04 PM   #1
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I found a Nakamichi PA-7E for sale for 9900SEK (1102/$1428/884).
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Is it a good amplifier?
I currently just have a pair of Mar-Kel70eN speakers but this summer I will build something bigger with more headroom and dynamic capabilities. Would this be a good amplifier for me or are there better amplifiers out there for the same price?
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you can hardly buy something designed by Papa , for less than 1K1

if you need that power , go for it

personally , I prefer less powerful amps , paired with efficient spks
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I'm not sure if I need it, but dynamic headroom is always good I suppose?

As for speakers I am looking at the Edingdales -> Edingdale Speakers - World-Designs-Forum
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WDF is acting funny , at least I can't reach it now

regarding headroom - agree , but First Watt is always sweeter in case of lesser muscles amp
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Could you briefly describe the First Watt for me?
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FIRST WATT

everything is written there
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The F5 Turbo looks interesting. I think 25 W @8ohm might be a little too little for my needs. But 50 will probably be enough. I'll spend some time reading about the F5 and the F5 Turbo.

I don't think I can afford to buy a new one (I'm a poor school student) but how much would it cost to DIY one? Are they hard to build?
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everyone is building F5 and variants

regarding cost ....... I'll let someone closer to Sweden to give you an answer .....


in any case - that Nak is more than decent amp , whatever price it is
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...I think 25 W @8ohm might be a little too little for my needs...
I think you might experience a jaw-dropping surprise with F5's 25W of Class-A. Sure, relatively efficient speakers help if you're into generating lots of SPL for the neighbours. But hey - I've driven the notoriously SPL "poor" electrostats with it, and never thought I needed more. To each it's own, I suppose.

As far as DIY costs: With all Class-A amps your major material expense are the heatsinks, and the overall major expense is the heatsinks + case/enclosure fabrication. Amp itself, incl. the transformer and caps (PSU), is very little compared to metalworks.

If the build cost is a concern, not to mention the running cost and heat that it generates (which, in Sweden, might be a blessing! ), maybe you are in the wrong camp altogether? Maybe a conservative class-AB? Google for Naim/Avondale kits for example, and you're set.
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I found a Nakamichi PA-7E for sale for 9900SEK (1102/$1428/884).
Nakamichi PA-7E

Is it a good amplifier?
I currently just have a pair of Mar-Kel70eN speakers but this summer I will build something bigger with more headroom and dynamic capabilities. Would this be a good amplifier for me or are there better amplifiers out there for the same price?
I have bought 2 of these. Each with a channel out for under $400 USD. I sold the power supply and working channel on eBay for a couple hundred and built F5 in the chassis using the nice heatsinks. To me it was worth the $200 USD for the metal work and the F5 is really great. They have enough heatsinking for a small F5 Turbo if you need 50 Watts.
I really never listened to the PA7 amps so I don't know how they stack up. But I sure like the F5.
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