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Does this D Sachs HK Citation V seem like a good idea?At least I wouldn't loose any money on it if I wanted to move on from it.https://www.ebay.com/itm/Harman-Kardon-Citation-V-5-Tube-Stereo-Amplifier-Rebuilt-by-Don-Sachs-Mcshane/323866471903?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
That's a very nice amp. Old school transformers with modern day parts/circuit updates is gonna sound very nice. Won't look as pretty as a new amp of course, but the sound should be very good.
I love the suggestion and am trying to stay with mono blocks for visual enjoyment. But he doesn't mention 4ohm speakers at all and my speakers are 4 ohm. He also goes back and forth in discussing the amps together or separate in regards to specs. Are these 6W total or 6W a piece? Thank you
My response would only be a guest, so email Bruce. He is super responsive and can talk to you about your speakers and his opinion on how the system would perform.Again, the pre that I purchased from him is nothing but jaw dropping. I have thought about changing pre's since my purchase, but the 300B opens up everything from your source and sounds quite magical in my opinion.I have it paired w/ a pair of Primaluna Dialogue 7's and a pair of Wyred 4 Sound mAmps in a bi amp set up for my Von Scweikert's. I also run 2 x 500 W subs and the pre has not problem handling the load (sorry for a little off topic).
I would not use an OTL amp with a 4 ohms speaker, OTLs will fit well with 16 ohms speakers where they have more wattage 10W in this amp above, just me though.
Transcendent OTLs use a lot of negative feedback to lower the output impedance, so they do work well with low impedance speakers.
Find and have refurbished a vintage el84 amp. Fisher, Eico, Heathkit, etc..You have to spend thousands of dollars on a modern equivalent. And you can always sell it for what you have in it. The transformers on these old pieces sound sublime. And the el 84's are cheap and plentiful... not to mention a blast to listen to. Nice and punchy w good dynamics and the wonderful tubey midrange.Then... find a vintage speaker to go with them!
There's a lot to be said for this advice. A pair of Eico HF12 mono integrated amps would run less than $400. Gary Dodd built a pair of EL84 amps for me starting with the Eicos. There are lots of amp guys that could do the same or something similar.
Agreed. If you can get by with 5 watts, the EL84 is a fabulous tube. I don't know why it's not more popular. Maybe because it doesn't look as sexy as a 2a3 or 300b? I can run the EL84's on my Dennis Had Inspire monoblocks, but if I didn't have that ability, I'd pick up something like this in a heartbeat:
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