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Old 12th February 2014, 04:10 AM   #1
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Default General question about First Watt amps

DIY-ers,
Sorry for crashing your DIY technical forum, but I think you can probably help me the best. I'm just a consumer and don't plan on building my own amp. I can't justify the price of the Pass Labs XA products, so I am intrigued by the First Watt line. Trying to understand all the different models, and I'm confused. Most interested in an Aleph design but since the Aleph J is no longer made, my question is this: is there a current model that closely resembles the Alephs of the past? Interested in new models only (I can always get an Aleph 3 if I want to buy used).

Btw, before you ask, my speakers are older B&W Matrix series towers. They are 8 ohm speakers, that do come to life with a powerful amp, but are not known to be unusually hard to drive. Efficiency is 90 db Spl.
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Old 12th February 2014, 08:49 AM   #2
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and you're are living ........ where ?

that can help to help you with answer
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Old 12th February 2014, 09:03 AM   #3
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You don't see too many genuine Pass amps for sale as they are highly coveted as are their DIY clones.
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Old 12th February 2014, 10:09 AM   #4
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Take a look at the FirstWatt J2.
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Old 12th February 2014, 11:20 AM   #5
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You can buy a J2 here:
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Old 12th February 2014, 11:23 AM   #6
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Brother has been listening to J2 for about a month. Just sold his tube amp. Says its the closest thing to a perfect mix between tube and SS he has heard. Wonderful amp with the right speakers.
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Old 12th February 2014, 05:47 PM   #7
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What did I say....the original J2 sounds marvelous!

My clone was only a clown......:-)
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What did I say....the original J2 sounds marvelous!

My clone was only a clown......:-)
What was the issue with your clone?
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Another satisfied J2 owner here. I use it to power my TD-2002 horn drivers, and it's hard to imagine a better amp for that purpose. If the 25W output of the J2 is enough for your B&Ws, I think you'll be happy with it. I got mine from Mark @ Reno Hi-Fi.
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What was the issue with your clone?
the sound was simply not on the same level….
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