My new amp

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jsalk

My new amp
« on: 18 Nov 2019, 09:52 pm »
PartTimeAudiophile did a nice write-up of our room at the recent Capital Audiofest.

Here is a link...

https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2019/11/14/mcgary-audio-salk-sound-anticables-exogal-caf-2019/

Pay particular attention to the photos of Mike McGary's soon-to-be-released SA2 amplifier.

After spending many hours at two audio shows using this amp to drive our new SS 9.5's, I decided I could not live without one. The combination of the SA2 and SS 9.5's is one I consider to be perfect.

The unit shown in the photo is now in my possession and I'm sure will serve me well for many years to come.
 
Thanks to Mike McGary for his stellar work on this ground-breaking product.  Masterful work indeed!!!

- Jim

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Re: My new amp
« Reply #1 on: 19 Nov 2019, 12:43 am »
That's great, very cool looking amp!

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« Reply #2 on: 19 Nov 2019, 01:05 am »
Nice write-up, and sweet looking amp   :drool:   Congrats Jim.  :thumb:

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« Reply #3 on: 19 Nov 2019, 02:18 pm »
Very cool!  Congrats to both of ya'll on the write-up.  Hope to be able to hear Mike gear (pushing some Salks) soon!

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Re: My new amp
« Reply #4 on: 19 Nov 2019, 04:42 pm »
PartTimeAudiophile did a nice write-up of our room at the recent Capital Audiofest.

Here is a link...

https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2019/11/14/mcgary-audio-salk-sound-anticables-exogal-caf-2019/

Pay particular attention to the photos of Mike McGary's soon-to-be-released SA2 amplifier.

After spending many hours at two audio shows using this amp to drive our new SS 9.5's, I decided I could not live without one. The combination of the SA2 and SS 9.5's is one I consider to be perfect.

The unit shown in the photo is now in my possession and I'm sure will serve me well for many years to come.
 
Thanks to Mike McGary for his stellar work on this ground-breaking product.  Masterful work indeed!!!

- Jim

Congrats Jim and Mike. That's a sweet looking amp. I've been using the Salk Song3's with a Primaluna tube amp and a Line Magnetic LM508 tube amp and both have sounded amazing. Ironically, I've also used the Exogal DAC and use Anticables -- also great sounding stuff. I can't imagine the sound you're getting with the SS9.5's and the McGary SA2. Anyone wondering if Salks are easy enough to drive with tubes should have zero concerns! Although, that SA2 has 80 watts per channel so it should drive almost anything! Enjoy!

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Re: My new amp
« Reply #5 on: 21 Nov 2019, 01:43 am »
That looks like a great amp.  I think I heard it at AXPONA. Excellent. Tubes are great with the Song3 speakers. I am using a PrimaLuna Evo 400 and they sound excellent.  I am so pleased with my Song3's. I have them really singing.

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« Reply #6 on: 21 Nov 2019, 02:33 am »
Jim,  will the SA-1 handle my Song3 BeAT's.

jsalk

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« Reply #7 on: 21 Nov 2019, 03:02 pm »
Jim,  will the SA-1 handle my Song3 BeAT's.

We used the SA1 with the SS9.5's at the California Audio Show to very positive reviews.  The Song3 BeAT's would be easier to drive since they do not play as deep.  So I don't see any issues with using the SA1's with the BeAT's.

- Jim

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Re: My new amp
« Reply #8 on: 23 Nov 2019, 04:06 am »
PartTimeAudiophile did a nice write-up of our room at the recent Capital Audiofest. 

Also positive comments from Enjoy the Music:   http://enjoythemusic.com/Capital_Audiofest_2019/Weaver/page3.htm

RonN5

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« Reply #9 on: 23 Nov 2019, 01:01 pm »
One could argue that the sound is just a bonus!!! That the SA2 and the SS9.5 could reside in almost any living room as art even if they never played...the design and craftsmanship are beautiful...and as a Salk owner, I know the sound is too!







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« Reply #10 on: 23 Nov 2019, 03:08 pm »
You KNOW the amp designer is serious when RCA input is on the front of the amp to shorten the signal path  :green:
BTW, has anyone compared triode vs. ultralinear mode of this amp?




jsalk

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« Reply #11 on: 23 Nov 2019, 04:00 pm »
You KNOW the amp designer is serious when RCA input is on the front of the amp to shorten the signal path  :green:




Not only that, but it keeps the low level signals as far away from the transformers and high voltage circuits as possible.

- Jim

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Re: My new amp
« Reply #12 on: 24 Nov 2019, 09:39 pm »
I initially told Mike that front inputs were a problem visually, then after listening to both the SA1 and SA2 the front inputs redeemed themselves because the amps are sensational sounding! It's easy to route the ICs under the amp especially if you have footers under the amp, and it really doesn't hurt the aesthetics much. Congratulations to Mike for his long hours developing such outstanding amps, and to Jim for realizing he had the perfect match for his 9.5s. Eric Alexander also found the SA2 a great match for his Tekton Moabs at CAF.