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04-20-2006, 02:20 PM
I have a lot of faith in good advice from this forum, with that being said, does anyone have any experience or knowledge of the Hafler TA 1600 Power Amp? It seems like a good price.
I'm looking for a good 2 channel stereo power amp and preamp for music, I just can't afford to put a ton of money in it.
I also need an amp that can handle 4 ohm loads easily as I have some DIII's and a new TMM project in the works with the Dayton 7" aluminums and the K1 tweeter (thanks Pete).
Any input, advice, or any other recommendations appreciated.
04-20-2006, 03:44 PM
04-20-2006, 08:44 PM
I bought a TA1600 for my church music department, to power a monitor speaker I made for the choir. It is very clean, and works well. The setup has been used as a guitar amp, and it drives the sound loud and clear. The church seats about 150-200, just to give an idea of the size. The setup has also been used as a center channel for a video presentation (also in the sanctuary). It worked very well.
In addition, I bought a TA1100 (little brother to the TA1600) for myself. It is used to drive some small 4-ohm bookshelf speakers at my computer. This is my ultimate solution for computer speakers. It amplifies cleanly, full-range. (I use a switch box so that I can toggle between the computer sound card and a little portable cd player.) Of course I don't have it up too loud for nearfield like that; but when I leave that room, I can crank it enough to hear in other rooms. Plenty of power, still clean and smooth. There is no noisy cooling fan, so it runs very quietly, too. I made a rack with 2 inches of air space above and below, and never notice getting too hot to the touch (I suppose 1 inch may have been enough).
Both of them have been used for about a year now, and I am very satisfied with them.
04-23-2006, 12:44 AM
I have yet to try or listen to a TA series amp. Their design is a brain child of Jim Strickland who began with the Acoustat amplifiers and then went to Hafler. Read the manual carefully for this amp. Neither of the speaker outputs is grounded to the chassis. They "float" so be careful not to short the wires from one channel to the other or to the chassis. Also, I don't believe there is any way to bridge this type of amp. Good luck. Let us know how you like it.
I don't think either the schematic or parts list is available for this amp so if service were needed there could be a problem finding a tech to do it, and it is no longer supported by Hafler so it is an "orphan."
On the other hand I do have a nice Hafler DH-120 here complete with schematic and parts lists. Very clean chassis and puts out 65 watts per channel and I believe 80 watts per channel into 4 ohms and can be bridged with an 8 ohm load to get around 120 watts. All this for only $130 plus shipping. Pardon the shameless plug. . .
> I have a lot of faith in good advice from
> this forum, with that being said, does
> anyone have any experience or knowledge of
> the Hafler TA 1600 Power Amp? It seems like
> a good price.
> I'm looking for a good 2 channel stereo
> power amp and preamp for music, I just can't
> afford to put a ton of money in it.
> I also need an amp that can handle 4 ohm
> loads easily as I have some DIII's and a new
> TMM project in the works with the Dayton
> 7" aluminums and the K1 tweeter (thanks
> Any input, advice, or any other
> recommendations appreciated.
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