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  • donradick
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    Re: Amplifier Building vs old and used?

    Man, those Rotels look nice!
    I'd buy the complete setup for $200, you'll need or want it sooner or later.

    You can build your own amps, but it's going to cost you a lot more than it seems at first.
    You can Google these if you wish:
    You can get an Abletec SMPS (500 W or so) here at PE for $20, and 2 IRS2092 LJM boards
    (300 W each into 4 ohms) for about $25 each. So that's about $70 so far - but the case,
    switches, connectors, wire, will run you at least $100. So now you're looking at about $200 or
    more for a nice Class D powerful, clean amp.
    The DIY Gainclone LM3886 amps have a similar cost basis, but sound very good.
    Trouble is, many people will say that they prefer Class A/B or even Class A amps.

    I used to think that all amps sounded the same, but actually they really sound different.

    So I'd buy that 60 W/ch Rotel setup, and I'd suggest looking at Ebay (or equivalent) for
    a used Adcom GFA 535 or 565 (IIRC). Lots of people love their Class A/B sound.

    Hope this helps.

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  • fatmarley
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    If I were you I'd ask on a hifi forum.

    Over in this part of the world, old JVC amps are starting to get popular - LINK

    Iirc the Nad Silverline S300 is class A and sounds great.

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  • jason171717
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    So the boards are a pretty large portion of the consideration?

    Currently i prefer class a amplifiers as that is what i have heard that sounds the best to my ears, i have no heat complaints, hydro issues, and am looking for the best sound possible. I have only ever heard cheap class D and T amps and they have not sounded good at all so that is not a fair comparison.

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  • Mike E
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    well there are alot of things when it comes to amps, do you prefer a certian class amp, such as A,A/B,D/T.

    for amps besides the class you have a preference for, as far as other parts of a quality amp. PCB and PCB layout both of those depending on who you ask are #1 or could even be PSU layout/design, then component selection, then transformers. though transformer selection is kinda tricky, i dont know that many companies that make them, the most important though is to get the right voltage and current for the amp.

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  • jason171717
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    Amplifier Building vs old and used?

    I am currently looking at this deal wondering if i should jump on it http://www.kijiji.ca/v-electronics/o...ationFlag=true .

    I was also looking at this but not sure if it would be worth the extra $ http://www.kijiji.ca/v-electronics/o...ationFlag=true

    I have also been looking at for a while now building my own amplifier, my main question is has anyone done it and can it be done for cheaper or better quality around this price range for what is being offered in the above ad.

    Any help with places to buy, opinions on building vs buying, what i should do for around $200. I should say what i am looking for first :P I am looking for an amp (power amp alone at first i have integrated amps that can drive a power amp) to drive my mains, 2 channel 103db efficiency 4 ohm, this is a home use hifi intended setup, but plays at roughly 100-105db (give or take a few db). Currently they are drawing a fair amount of power out of the last rotel that i had hooked up, the VU meter was saying it was running at 80W at 8 ohms on the heaviest bass parts of many songs such as chris jones long after youre gone and others that, of course when i need to remember them, have slipped my mind right now! Not sure how accurate the VU meter is but that is the number;)

    Do the circuit boards in the power amplifier make a difference in the sound, or is it mostly the transformers? I am pretty new to all of this amplifier building but my research continues :rolleyes: Would i be safe to buy a cheap board like http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Assem...723120945.html or should i look up the schematics for a good design and make it from scratch?

    Thanks in advance you guys have been a huge help in all of my audio investments :D
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