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Old 16th July 2009, 03:27 AM   #1
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Thumbs down Hlly Tamp-90 Ta2022 Chip "a True Pearl"

I first want to say I did see the thread about the early problems with the 1st version of this board. I saw it after I purchased my amp. I am sorry for those who bought the early version.

"A TRUE PEARL" is how someone described it that bought the HLLY TAMP-90, I agree! Yes, the 2nd version is VERY quiet and very, very good. I waited awhile to write about it to check it out really good.

It is flat out the best Tripath Amp, (best amp) I've heard. The soundfield is huge and deep and rich. But more than that it is much fuller than the TA2020 chip Amps I have, probably the extra watts and the power supply. It sounds very expensive, is how I would describe it.

The breathing of the flute in-between notes comes from an OCTIVE lower than the TA2020, (The Tripath high resolution sound). Other notes that waver just hang there flowing back and forth, eminating from that lower octive. The resolution is very, very good, maybe not quite as good as the TA2020, but ALMOST, and it's coming from that LOWER octive so it sounds deeper and warmer. You take notice of it. I can't seem to get enough of it! It is the signature of this amp, imo. I've found it is addictive to listen to.

The thing that amazed me was once you get it about half volume the BASS really kicks in, and as you turn it up the bass continues to increase with you nicely. It is also very musical sounding, it is a wonderful amp.

It was heavier and deeper than I thought it would be. The round blue light that surrounds the power switch is really cool! The RCA's and BANANA connectors are excellent quality. I did replace the power cord they supplied with a "real" one, but no matter, it's a nice feature to have the ability to change out cords. I have pictures I will again try to post tomorrow.

I paid just under $150 and it was free shipping.

Tripath07

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Old 20th July 2009, 06:40 AM   #2
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Did You have the hiss that someone experienced ?
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Old 20th July 2009, 10:17 PM   #3
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Hi shuggi67,

No hiss in the one I received. I read in the other thread that the early 1st version boards were bad, and had the hiss. The one I received is the 2nd version board, if you read the other thread someone else said the new version was pretty good also.

I am very happy with mine!

I hope that helps,

Tripath07
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Old 28th July 2009, 04:25 PM   #4
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Hi Tripath,

largely on the strength of your HLLY Tamp-90 analysis, I acquired a version2 on ebay from Lovely Lorolei. Are those her initials in the HLLY name? JUst wondering...

I would like to use the speaker level outputs on this amp to run my separate subwoofer with its own plate amp. I have read somewhere that this connection will cause a problem with certain Tamps. Do you know if this type of connection is feasible?

Do you have a followup review for this amp? Can you share any other hints or experiences with this amp? I am looking forward to playing with this new toy!

Best regards,
Pipsqueak
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Old 28th July 2009, 10:50 PM   #5
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Hi Pipsqueak,

I hope you like the HLLY 90, I really like mine. I will give you a little follow uo review now. I have been listening to my HLLY 20 lately, not the 90. it is sounding really good. But I went down and listened to the HLLY 90 some the past couple of days. After taking a break from it for a few days to listen to another amp gives you a good perspective on things. I have to say that the HLLY 90 has a more open, wider, deeper soundstage than the HLLY 20. I really like the HLLY 20 though with the 12v 7ah battery, don't get me wrong, I've really been enjoying it lately with the battery! The HLLY 90 imo, sounds like a very expensive amplifier. I also feel that way about the Sansui 8900ZDB, although in a little different way, maybe not quite as expensive sound as the HLLY 90. The Sansui has an older, warm, detailed sound, I listen to the Sansui a little almost everyday. The HLLY 90 lays down a very impressive sounding soundfield!

I'm not sure exactly what you want to do with the subwoofer? Explain it again. But I use my subwoofer in the family room when my wife is "out of town" to hook up to one of my little Tamp's. I run the speaker out's of the Tamp to the sub speaker in's. Then run the speaker out 's of the sub into my Paradigm Monitor 3"s that I bring down from the master bedroom. I hook up a Toshiba 3750 to the tamp, and adjust the sub accordingly! Great sound, the little Tamps really sound good this way.

I hope this helps! Keep in touch, let me know how you like your HLLY 90!

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Old 29th July 2009, 04:28 AM   #6
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Tripath,

Thanks for your update on the Tamp-90. Good stuff!

I just won the HLLY auction last night so it will probably be a week or so before I receive the HLLY.

Right now I am sitting here listening to Jim Cole on my JVC FX10. Sweet sounds! This is a wonderful Class D amp (actually a 6.1 receiver) running 100 watts per channel @ 8 ohms. A friend of mine recommended the JVC after I sold him my Magnepan MMG's. Warmer sound than the famous Panasonic class d amps.

Some audiophiles were dumping their multi-thousand dollar amps in favor of the JVC. In fact, I sold my Denon 3805 because this little amp was superior sound in every respect. I went through a littany of audio amps: Decware 84CS, Jolida 1501RC, ASL EL34 amp, Audio Refinement Complete, Rotel and others before taking a plunge for the JVC. I have never looked back... and I only paid $269 for the JVC new. I am truly amazed at just how great this class d marvel is.

Whoops...this post was supposed to be about the HLLY Tamp-90! LOL

I'll report back as soon as I get some rocking chair time with the HLLY. Again, my appreciation for your contribution! BTW, I live in SW Wisconsin, and we are only a few hours apart...maybe sometime we can gather our audio gear and compare notes.

Best regards,
Pipsqueak
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Old 5th August 2009, 05:50 PM   #7
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Default Hlly Tamp 90

I spent several hours with the t-90 yesterday. I won't review it until it's had more time, but I like it so far.

I can confirm that this version has no hiss. One way they may have dealt with the hiss is to have dropped the input sensitivity. A pre-amp helped matters considerably, but the t-90 didn't seem to be a great match for a very low line level signal.

I was very happy with the quality of the music coming out of my system btw. It's really good with woodwinds and massed voices (you can make out timbres (oboes, clarinets, and bassoons playing together sound like distinct instruments and you can even count the number of singers in close harmony). It also makes rock and roll rock which is something I could never get out of a tripath 2024 with my speakers (89 db or so). I don't think it's going to be a Krell down low, but there's a huge difference (as one would expect) with the lower power tripath amps.
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Old 6th August 2009, 09:29 PM   #8
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Talking HLLY TAMP - 90 has arrived

Hi,

Just thought I'd let you know my new fabulous HLLY TAMP - 90 arrived today. Quick shipment from China. Arrived in perfect shape. However, no manual, no specs. I'll be replacing the pathetic little IEC power cable they ship with the amp.

It's bigger and heavier than I imagined...your cables won't pull it around on your equipment rack like the smaller Tripath amps.

So now I am breaking it in...and so far, I am mightily impressed even though it has only had about an hour to break in.

NO HISS! Thank goodness.

I am using my Vinnie Rossi modded Pioneer DVD player, Signalcable interconnects and speaker wires and 88db Infinity IL20 speakers. Doesn't seem at all necessary to muck things up with a sub at this point.

Sweet, articulate highs without sibilance. Solid bass.

Will report more after I have a chance to put this little gem through its paces after it's broken-in sufficiently. So far...I'm loving it!

BTW, HLLY customer support is quick to provide tracking info and answer questions...excellent.

More soon,
Bob
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Old 7th August 2009, 12:39 AM   #9
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Hi mfong,

It's great to hear from someone else who has an HLLY T90. It sounds like you like it so far. Do you have it hooked up to a pre-amp now, or did you just try it out for a few minutes? Was it better with or without the pre-amp? I have a NAD pre-amp that I had hooked up to my Trends for awhile, before I got the Sansui 8900ZDB's. Now with the HLLY T20 and T90 the Trends may be hitting ebay. I haven't used the NAD Pre-amp for awhile, hmmm, I may have to break it out for a minute or two.

I am still enjoying my HLLY T90, I will write another review next week after I break it in more.

Hope to hear more about your HLLY T90 during it's break in!

Tripath07
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Old 7th August 2009, 12:47 AM   #10
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Hi Pipsqueak,

I'm glad it arrived! Yes, I also thought it was heavier, and deeper than I thought it would be. It sounds like you are really liking it so far. I also am very happy with my HLLY T90.

BTW, I am also really happy with my HLLY T20 with the SLA battery!

I will also write more next week as it breaks in, and I will update everyone on a couple of other HLLY T90 system updats.

Tripath07
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