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Best amps I ever heard

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

  1. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    Probably not exotic enough for some, but my Quad 34/303 sounds superb with my
    Harbeth P3-ESRs.
     
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  2. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    In no particular order (ie I'm not claiming any specific one is the best) the best power amps I've ever heard are

    Hiraga "Le Monstre"
    Krell KSA 50 MkI
    Radford STA25
    Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 300
    Very modified Leak Stereo 20
    The best of my own designs
     
  3. Donivey

    Donivey Member

    +1 for the Sugden, though my Pass XA30.8 is very good as well.
     
  4. Conster

    Conster pfm Member

    Exposure 16 monos
     
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  5. Thetiminator

    Thetiminator Painfully virile

    Did you ever hear the MF Titans Arkless?
     
  6. narabdela

    narabdela who?

    Kerr McCosh pre-power combo.
     
  7. maccar

    maccar pfm Member

    Accuphase C2420 with a P4200
    Mac
     
  8. realysm42

    realysm42 reMember

    The amount of Krell mentions intrigues me; is this a big call out for the brand in general, or are there particular model(s) people covet?

    KSA50 / 100 seems to be the best?

    @arkless: do you have info on your own amps?
     
  9. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Now that’s as esoteric as it gets! I loved visiting James Kerr for Hifi and classical albums in the 80s.
     
  10. david ellwood

    david ellwood Kirabosi Kognoscente

    It intrigues me also, with its jelly like grip.
     
  11. radamel

    radamel Music Fiend

    Indeed. I never liked the sound of a setup driven by a Krell amp.
     
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  12. tomek

    tomek pfm Member

    I seems, tat Class A (Sugden, Pass, some Krells) is the best ... It is difficult for me to say what was the best amp, because it was always a system.
     
  13. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    No
     
  14. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    Krell are indeed very good amps.

    No I have no info on my amps. All prototypes for my own use only.
     
  15. radamel

    radamel Music Fiend

    Why do you say that? What makes them "good amps" in your opinion?
     
  16. sq225917

    sq225917 situation engineer

    Umm, cos they sound good and go twenty years between services.
     
  17. radamel

    radamel Music Fiend

    They do not sound good IMO.
     
  18. Darren L

    Darren L pfm Member

    Best at home, so far probably Sugden, Copland or Unison Research, best at a friends, Jeff Rowland, (in his system) or maybe Audio Synthesis.
    Heard an Audio Research pre and Krell monos which sounded great.
     
  19. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    They sound great! Early ones anyway. I have no comment on more recent ones and don't know them "personally".
    Good engineering, being class A and having low feedback the most important aspects. The huge power supplies are far less important.
     
  20. radamel

    radamel Music Fiend

    The most recent ones are clearly overrated IMO.
     

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