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Old 5th October 2007, 02:31 PM   #1
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I know this is a very general question and has a hundred different answers and I don't want to "start anything"....BUT....right now, I'm honestly looking for some ideas on a nice classic integrated amp that I can buy of Ebay just to get something set up here in a new residence.

I'd like to spend 200 - 250 or even less but would like to hear some ideas.

I used to own a Sansui AU-717 (dual mono design) that I think was a very sweet amplifier, so I'm looking for something along those lines. I'd get another one but want to experience something else.

The room is small....also I have an inclination to try out a small class A amp, I remember some that were available -- (yamaha? hafler?, can't remember).

I know the AU-717 was a very respected amp....any other ideas?

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Old 6th October 2007, 03:11 AM   #2
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AFAIK, Yamaha had some designs that were class A until 15w or whatever then turned to AB. Wheather they really worked weel or not who knows. Some have said they just lock in AB, or the channels switch at differant times, etc...

Hafler has always been AB, and they don't have integrated just power amps/premaps. That said, getting a Hafler DH220/P230 and a preamp (or build one even) is doable for 200-250$ pretty easily.
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I just "re-discovered" my Sansui AU-7900.. It's a nice amp.
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Old 6th October 2007, 07:58 AM   #4
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Perhaps something from Sugden might fit with your 'sweet Class A in a small-ish room' requirements?

Most Sugdens seem reliable, with worn controls and drying electrolytics being the only issues, and they are easy enough to replace.
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Old 6th October 2007, 03:52 PM   #5
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I'll put Sugden in my watch list.

I'd really like to try a small power class a for a while and I thought that yamaha did do some low power amps.

If I remember, technics also did a few? (junk, probably).

Thanks, I realize this is DIY but I've done my share of that and just want to get up and running.
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Old 6th October 2007, 03:56 PM   #6
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Some of the Technics and Sansui stuff was actually quite good, although I don't recall model numbers, etc..
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