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Old 12th August 2011, 12:50 AM   #21
WithTarragon is offline WithTarragon  United States
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Some may be getting confused on the distinction between "significant" vs "sounds really good".

For instance the the Phase Linear was significant, and although it sounds pretty good, it certainly does not sound "really good". I remember at the time it came out, it filled a niche and was affordable. It generated quite a bit of excitement. Same for the Hafler amps.
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Old 12th August 2011, 12:57 AM   #22
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And no japanese amp ?..Not even those with the first lateral fet OPS??...
no sound ....
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Old 12th August 2011, 11:37 AM   #23
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Some may be getting confused on the distinction between "significant" vs "sounds really good".

For instance the the Phase Linear was significant, and although it sounds pretty good, it certainly does not sound "really good". I remember at the time it came out, it filled a niche and was affordable. It generated quite a bit of excitement. Same for the Hafler amps.
Let's make clear whether we're talking about current (not historical) amps that are considered "world class" by audiophiles. They might not measure very well, but have a reputation of excellent sound (according to semi-objective criteria).

People might also be interested in amps that are historically significant, so, let's talk about those too.
We just need to make clear which type we're talking about.
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Old 12th August 2011, 01:36 PM   #24
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semi-objective criteria

What's the meaning of "semi-objective" ?
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Old 12th August 2011, 03:03 PM   #25
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About the only amp that comes up in the lists that I consider significant is the NAD 3020. Most of the others seem to be cost-no-object esoteric stuff.

Why don't we compile our own list? Here is my start. Copy and paste into your post and add your own entry at the bottom. It would be nice if you gave a short reason for your choice.

1. NAD 3020 (was affordable and sounded good)
2. Naim NAP250 (created lots of hype)
3. Krell KSA50 (lots of output transistors did make a good amp)

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Old 12th August 2011, 04:23 PM   #26
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It's certainly an incredibly USA-centric list! There again it's a yank magazine.....

How about

Leak Stereo 20
Quad II
Radford STA25
Quad 303
Quad 405
NAD 3020
A & R Cambridge A60
EAR 519
Musical Fidelity A370
Sugden A21

Not in any way supposed to represent the best ever at any price but "most significant" from a UK view point...... Notice the lack of anything made by Naim!?
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Old 12th August 2011, 04:36 PM   #27
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Nobody mentioned the Aleph yet? Single-ended solid state Class A for the first time. Significant, and it sounded good too.
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Old 12th August 2011, 06:15 PM   #28
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And THE amp that is even better than Electrocompaniet NEMO - from Norway;

Dynamic Precision A1s
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Old 12th August 2011, 06:43 PM   #29
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http://www.theaudiocritic.com/back_i...ritic_21_r.pdf
there also listed a lot of amp models (start by page 34)
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And THE amp that is even better than Electrocompaniet NEMO - from Norway;
Dynamic Precision A1s
interesting device. Are there simplified schematic anywhere?
http://www.andervikaudio.no/EC%20DP-...1s_tecspec.pdf
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http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/e...aniet/pi2.html
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A CD player and cosmetic tweaks are in the works and the DP abbreviation derives from the firm Dynamic Precision which Electrocompaniet acquired in 2007. "Really powerful, really heavy, really expensive" is the tie-in. For years if not decades, the most well-known and continuously refined kit from Electrocompaniet has been the, nomen est omen, Classic Line. Potent, heavy and expensive applies as well.
Means this, that the international distributors from "DP" are the same companies than the international distributors from Electrocompaniet?

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Old 12th August 2011, 07:15 PM   #30
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And THE amp that is even better than Electrocompaniet NEMO - from Norway;

Dynamic Precision A1s
The best amplifier I have ever heard is the first Dynamic Precision amp.
Quite unique, puts every other amplifier in the shadow.

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