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Old 6th November 2017, 10:40 PM   #1
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Default The most complex amplifier that you ever see

Hi, the intention of this thread is just for fun.

What is the most complex (not necessary expensive) amplifier that you ever see?

With complex I mean number of components, stages, configurations, etc.
Only name the amplifier, add schematic or brochure and maybe a link to the amplifier's Page or review. The amplifier can be commercial (for example Yamaha MX-10000) or diy.

The spirit of the thread is not for long discussion, only share the amplifier or amplifiers that you considered more complex.

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Old 6th November 2017, 11:47 PM   #2
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Is there a point?

In 1978 Yamaha came out with a new line that had extremely complex circuitry. None of those models sounded as good as the simpler models they replaced.

So again, what is the point?
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If complexity is measured in sheer numbers of transistors then I reckon Doug Self's multiple paralleled NE5532s has a chance of being the leader. I seem to recall 32 chips and for each channel I counted 22 transistors on the DS so this will give a total of 1408. From pictures I see that its 32 chips per channel, so make that 2816 transistors.

However that's potentially beaten by the Blue Circle NSL amp with a grand total of 288 opamps (doesn't say if they're dual or single though) - SoundStage! Ultra | SoundStageUltra.com (UltraAudio.com) | Blue Circle Audio NSL Stereo Amplifier
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The most complex amplifier that you ever see
Probably this amplifier. Click on the white "X" at lower left, to see it at full 100% magnification.

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The most complex amplifier that you ever see
Any Dolby atmos receiver will be horribly complex. For 2 channel the cello audio suite will take some beating.
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The most complex amplifier that you ever see
Simple but lots of parts.

http://www.firstwatt.com/pdf/art_beast.pdf
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Is there a point?
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So again, what is the point?
This happen when you only read the tittle of the thread and you come to write something. Let me quote my self to you the first words of the thread:

Hi, the intention of this thread is just for fun.

So please, read the entire thread before write a comment.

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Single transistor amplifier by no one else than the great Brazilian amplifier guru Carlos "Destroyer X" Mergulhão.

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The complexity is hidden in the details.
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Probably this amplifier. Click on the white "X" at lower left, to see it at full 100% magnification.

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I think the Intel 8008 had less BJTs than that amp
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These don't even come close to this one !


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