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  • O/T Hi-Fi Amp

    Hi
    My 18 year old QED amp just blew.
    At one time I followed the Hi-Fi mags etc. , but when I got married, kids, house, payments, this kind of when to one side.
    Now I need a new amp and I was wondering where to look on the net and what brands are sounding well these days.
    take care
    eddie
    please visit my webpage:
    http://motorworks88.webs.com/

  • #2
    I'm not familiar with that type of amp but why don't you see if it can be repaired?

    I have an old Technics receiver that's somewhat high-powered and has a nice open layout. I think it would be fairly easy to get into to repair. I've had it opened up a few times to clean it and replace light bulbs (That's right, light bulbs. ).

    Something to think about.

    [This message has been edited by pgmrdan (edited 05-01-2005).]

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    • #3
      Had it repaired about 4 years ago. At that time I paid about half of its new price.(Right channel had blown). Now that same channel is gone again.
      Thinking it is time for a new one.
      eddie
      please visit my webpage:
      http://motorworks88.webs.com/

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      • #4
        Yep, after a repair or two you can probably count on the frequency of repairs going up rather quickly due to overall age of all of the components.

        You're probably right about it being time to replace it.

        Does Consumer Reports rate amps? I go to the library and check them first for advice then I narrow things down by looking for other reviews.

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        • #5
          I got quite 'into' this a few years ago and ended up building the Kel84 valve amp kit from this (UK) company:

          http://www.worldaudiodesign.com/

          - Sounds great - some say better than anything else you can buy at twice the price.
          - Looks great too :-)
          - There's a superb friendly support BBS.
          - Assembly should be no prob at all to the types who read this forum. Took me just a few evenings work with the soldering iron.

          Dunno what availability is like in the US/Canada nowadays, but I bet there are similar kits around over there too.

          One thing is that some of the lower-powered valve amps need high-sensitivity speakers. I built a pair to one of this (US :-) guy's designs:

          http://www.geocities.com/rbrines1/

          Thankfully for the bank balance (and after buying a secondhand turntable, tuner and DVD/CD player) I thought the system sounded great, so lost interest and moved on to other projects :-)

          Hope that's of some use.

          Cheers!

          Pete

          [This message has been edited by bikepete (edited 05-01-2005).]

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          • #6
            If you've been out of it for a while be careful. With the present state of the new stuff the only place to spend real/serious money (IMHO) is on speakers. $500 buys you an awful lot of amp these days with this digital technology. Kind of like the biggest "discernable" differance between a $60 DVD player and a $600 one, if you don't have a scope on it you won't likely know the differance.

            I have a 110 Watt per channel Sony Dolby 5.1 with a RCA 250 Subwoofer and I'm dazzled by it even using less expensive speakers. Digital audio is mind bending if you can handle the low end. Just my opinion others may feel the need to spend more but mine dazzles anyone who has ever listened to it

            Parting thought: Make sure you have some co-axial inputes on it because some of the high end stuff available today is not all optical input. My particular receiver has no coaxial inputs so I listen to our brand new digital 300 disc Sony CD player in (argh( 2 channel !! Play some of the CD's in the DVD player and the sound differance is unreal.

            Ray........

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            • #7
              Hi, you wrote you are looking for an amp, so I assume that means not a receiver. And working with that I'll recommend my amp.

              I have a Yamaha MX-1000 and a Yamaha M-45 stereo amp. These are just power amps so you still need a pre-amp. I use a Yamaha CX-1000 control amp which is real nice. It was way ahead of its time in the 80s because it had optical input/outputs when other preamps were still analog only. The price is not too unreasonable, some folks spend thousands for esoteric tube amps cause they like the "glow".

              Lot of power here but that doesn't mean you need to drive in the fast lane all the time. What it does have is an outstanding signal to noise ratio, and that is what matters. So when you play that classical CD with wide dynamic range you dont hear any background noise, no hiss with the power level cranked up. More importantly you dont cook your speakers. Most folks think they cook their speakers because of too much power but that aint the case. They cook there speaker because of not enough amplifier. They turn up the volume and drive their amp into clipping and feed the voice coil high current DC which in turn "opens" the coil.

              Sorry, I could go all day with the subject.
              JRouche

              http://www.audioreview.com/Amplifier...0_1583crx.aspx
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              • #8
                Thanks guys
                Been doing some looking and came across this
                Canadian making amps.
                Have a look at his factory:
                http://www.simaudio.com/tour.htm

                take care
                eddie
                please visit my webpage:
                http://motorworks88.webs.com/

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                • #9
                  Much of the better stuff can't be bought over the internet.

                  If you've been listening to the QED for all these years, I doubt that you'd be happy with a digital switching amp or much from the big Japanese names.

                  Give me some budget guidelines and tell me about the rest of your system and I'll make some recommendations. I've worked in the hifi business for over 20 years and these days make my living as an independent manufacturer's rep. . I spend a lot of time visiting hifi stores and doing product training for the eleven manufacturers I represent. I probably couldn't sell you anything directly, but if you're near toe So CAl area, I could definitely point you to the right store and probably arrange a friendly price.

                  John


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                  • #10
                    In terms of Digital, go with Legacy Monoblocs...

                    You'll need two of them as they're mono amps.

                    Yer also gonna need a deep wallet as they're something like $2600 EACH.

                    They're also the only amp I know of that will actually go to DC for an output signal


                    HTRN

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                    • #11
                      I should have clarified as there are some higher end digital amps like Tact out there, but at this time, there's a lot more choices in more traditional designs.

                      DC at the output eh? Most amp companies go to some lengths to keep an amp from generating DC. It's kinda hard on voice coils. Turns them into expensive fuses.

                      John

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                      • #12
                        John
                        Thanks for the offer.
                        I am a long way from So Cal!!
                        East Coast of Canada
                        I was running a QED A230 amp with Energy Pro-22 Speakers.
                        Looking for something in 750-$1000.00 range.
                        I only want it for Hi-Fi not home theatre.
                        40+ watts or greater, but good sound quality more then "loud noise".
                        Where I live there are no high end Hi-fi stores. Back in the mid eightes when I got the amp I had to order it in.
                        What do you think of the Cambridge line
                        link:
                        http://www.cambridgeaudio.com
                        There is someone local selling these.
                        take care
                        eddie



                        [This message has been edited by motorworks (edited 05-01-2005).]
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                        • #13
                          <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by HTRN:
                          They're also the only amp I know of that will actually go to DC for an output signal HTRN</font>

                          Wonder if you might be thinkin of 1 ohm not frequency. Amp manufacture like to show that their amps will drive very low impedance and will claim they can drive down to 1ohm without damage.

                          Or you may be talking about freq response. They will advertize very low freq response even though out hearing response does not go into the range they are advertizing. They will even go very high on the high side into the hundreds of khz touting the need for amplifying harmonic freq. Bunch of sales gimmicktry.

                          JRouche
                          My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

                          https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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                          • #14
                            Was your QED an integrated amp/preamp or do you have a seperate preamp?

                            Cambridge has very little presence in the US these days. I worked at one store back in teh late 80s that sold it. It sounded pretty good, but was not the most reliable stuff. That was a long time ago though.

                            In the price range you're looking, a good choice might be someting from Rotel. Engineered in the UK and Japan, then built in tehir own factory in China, Rotel components win a lot of awards for sound quality.

                            If you're talking about US dollars they have either a 125 watt ($700.00) or 200 watt per channel ($1000.00) stereo power amp that sounds quite nice. If you need an integrated amp/preamp they have a 60 watt per channel at around $700.00 and a 100 watt per for around $1200.00. The only hang up is that Rotel doesn't allow their dealers to mail order the stuff.

                            You might also look into something from Anthem. They are Canadian made so the pricing might be more favorable. Anthem makes nice gear and is a bit more affordable than the Sim Audio stuff.

                            John

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                            • #15
                              "Was your QED an integrated amp/preamp or do you have a seperate preamp?"

                              John
                              It was an integrated amp.
                              It sounded very nice. Hand made in the UK.
                              It was never turned off in the 18 years, only during a move.(instructions in the owners manual was to turn it on and leave it on!!)
                              eddie
                              please visit my webpage:
                              http://motorworks88.webs.com/

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