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Best amps I ever heard

Discussion in 'audio' started by Tim F, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. Tim F

    Tim F pfm Member

    Hmm ok super subjective

    Pass Labs X600 monoblocks

    Ridiculous amount of heat given off by these and 100Kg each lol. What do you make of Pass? Surprised they're not more popular.
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  2. nobeone

    nobeone pfm Member

  3. Elkjær

    Elkjær pfm Member

    Not the most expensive gear around and I have heard bigger and more expensive amps. But I would say the most musical satisfying amps in My ears are Sugden.
  4. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    Pass amps are popular but not cheap !!
  5. realysm42

    realysm42 reMember

    Coherent Systems - wip amp (I think class D of all things). Ultra clean and transparent, yet as warm as the music played through them.

    It was paired with Tony’s wip preamp, which has a noise floor of -140db. Again, completely transparent without being forensic.

    Very impressive, but lottery win territory for me, sadly.

    My Longdog P6 amps are superb, being realistic, I don’t see a need to ever change them. To the point I’ve got the schematics and will be buying replacement transistors for them also.
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  6. Del monaco

    Del monaco pfm Member

    Krell 600.
  7. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    The best I've heard was an Audio Research pre & power into Marlin Logan speakers - although it's difficult to be sure whether it was the amps or speakers that impressed me most.

    2nd best was a Krell set-up - and it was good enough that years later I finally treated myself to one of their integrated amps and that does indeed sound as good as I'd remembered. In fact if anything it sounds better in my system than the one I demoed did, which is nice.
  8. JemHayward

    JemHayward pfm Member

    So far... Radford STA25 - best all rounder I've owned.
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  9. jimpey

    jimpey pfm Member

    I've heard lots of speakers but can't say I have ever heard an amp unless it has a mechanical hum:)

    On the other hand I have listened to some speakers with several different amps and my present favourite (hesitate to say 'best') is an Aragon 4004 driving my Gale 401s.

    I guess it may be similar to the Krells mentioned above and if / when it final dies, it is getting long in the tooth, a Krell may very well replace it.

    At the other end of the scale battery powered tripaths (Red Wine) into single driver speakers found favour here for some years.

  10. Cereal Killer

    Cereal Killer fourhundredandthirtytwo

    audionet DNA 2.0 ;)
  11. Beobloke

    Beobloke pfm Member

    Analog Domain Athene monoblocks.
  12. canonman

    canonman pfm Member

    Luxman Ultimate C-06a and M-06a. List was £10K in 1990.
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  13. Nagraboy

    Nagraboy pfm Member

    Nagra PL-P valve preamp + Nagra MSA MOSFET power amp. Nagra VPA valve monos were good too.
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  14. major-tom

    major-tom pfm Member

    Probably the Moon 600i I’ve got now. Also liked the McIntosh 6900 integrated I had some years back. Just a pity about the faults that occurred on that amp & the rigmarole involved in getting them fixed because I loved the sound.
  15. radamel

    radamel Music Fiend

    Pass Labs XA 100.6 monoblocks driving a pair of Maggies 3.7 were some of the best I ever heard.

    For my needs and budget I really love the GamuT Di 150LE integrated.
  16. Purité Audio

    Purité Audio Trade: Purite Audio

    I have heard some transformer hum , usually they are silent until you connect them to loudspeakers.
  17. James

    James Lord of the Erg\o/s

    Pioneer C-21/M-22. I'll get my coat ...
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  18. Musicraft

    Musicraft Trade: Musicraft

    One of the best Peachtree Audio’s nova500. Loving it :)
  19. radamel

    radamel Music Fiend

    That should be a very good combination.
    I know that that pre-amp and a Nagra Classic power amp really make a great combination.
    Absolutely love it driving a pair of Avalon Ideas.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2019
  20. Modwright Pre and big Plinius Class A Power Amp belonging to Ex Wam Moderator Duvet. Rest of his gear was none too shabby either.

    Cheers BB

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