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Dynavector Amps

Discussion in 'audio' started by johnacurtis, Jun 19, 2021.

  1. johnacurtis

    johnacurtis pfm Member

    Hello
    Just wondering about people's impressions of Dynavector amps!
    I have a Dynavector HX75, 75w version, newly serviced when I bought it and am very impressed with it. It easily saw off a new NAP250 DR amp that I had previously.
    But, would a HX75 100w amp be a noticeable step up? Or, a 1.2 or HX100? Do they all sound the same essentially, or do they have a different character?
    I like the very tuneful bass notes and speed.
     
  2. mbu

    mbu pfm Member

    Had the 75 watt amp. Changed to hx 1.2 mk1. 17 years ago . Fantastic power amp. 4 nap 250s and 3 pairs of 135s have come and gone. The hx 1.2 is in action right now. With cds3 , nac 52 , wb arcs , rel storm. Fabulous.
    I rotate hx1.2 with chord and densen power amps . Also great. If buying a 1.2 check service history with Pear Audio UK.
     
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  3. johnacurtis

    johnacurtis pfm Member

    Thanks, so the hx1.2 is a big step up I guess!
     
  4. mbu

    mbu pfm Member

    Oh yes . Step up.
    My mk1 is well over 20 years old. Serviced 10 + years ago.
    Superb amp. Dont see many for sale these days.
     
  5. hamjam

    hamjam pfm Member

    As mbu said, definitely a step up. I've only experience with the HX1.2 Mk1 and Mk2. The Mk2 being another significant upgrade (as you'd expect). Never got as far as the HX100 (nor felt the need) but I'd imagine that'd be better still. It was the Dynavectors (pre and power) that weaned me off the Naim juice.
     
  6. johnacurtis

    johnacurtis pfm Member

    I did try a L200 mk2 pre with naim power, but was a little underwhelmed. I use a Townshend Allegri + pre with my hx75 and sounds really really good but still fancy maybe one day, a step or two up the dynavector power amp tree!
     
  7. mbu

    mbu pfm Member

    I had an L200 way back. The one with remote. Underwhelming I found. Softish , warmish. Some would like it. Not me. Hx 1.2 sprang to life with an Exposure 21 pre. And a Nac 52 later.
     
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  8. kevinrt

    kevinrt pfm Member

    I think with equipment of a certain age, and not knowing the service history, one person’s impression of one example doesn’t tell you much.
    If several people agree on something then that is more useful.
    Even serviced they may be different unless the same service centre is used, e.g. Naim.

    regards

    Kevin
     
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  9. Dan K

    Dan K pfm Member

    John, There is years worth of debate and opinions on these - search function is up at the top right.

    I also tried an L200 - Rubbish

    The power amps are based on/ grew out of John Bedini's amplifier circuit
     
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  10. jimbot2.0

    jimbot2.0 pfm Member

    I’ve moved from a serviced HX75 (100w) to an unserviced HX1.2 (mk.I) after years if Naim power anp ownership. both Dynavectors are great amps…. HX1.2 I found to be slightly less warm than the HX75 but adds more control, depth and transparency. Neither seems particularly finicky to set up and don’t seem to need fancy cables to perform.

    I bought my HX1.2 from German ebay a couple of years ago and have no idea if it’s ever been serviced - it’s probably about time….where would people recommend?
     
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  11. James

    James Lord of the Erg\o/s

    I thought the HX-1.2 mk2 was a very competent and engaging amplifier. I bought mine second-hand about four years ago and sold it recently for a handsome profit. I think I'll keep my Densen B-350s for heavy lifting duties, on occasions when 30WPC is not quite enough.
     
  12. johnacurtis

    johnacurtis pfm Member

    Not sure I'd call the HX75 "warm" but it "rocks", so if the 1.2 is a step up, then perhaps I need to keep a look out!
     
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  13. Eyebroughty

    Eyebroughty JohnC

    Maybe worth giving John Burns at Pear Audio a call, he would most likely know.
     
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  14. kwmason

    kwmason Won Ton On

    Ive been through the Dynavector power/pre range from bottom to top and i'd say they all perform excellent. For power amps the HX1.2 is a sweet spot price wise (Mk1), for a pre amp the l200 (mk1)
    the extra money needed for the L300 and Hx100 (they were brilliant) but incrementally less value for money.
    I had to sell my top of the range when SHMBO wanted double glazing but ive just picked up a Mk2 HX75 toast week so looking forward to that driving my Shahinian Hawks.

    anyone know when dynavector might actually update the range?
     
  15. deserter

    deserter pfm Member

    Hi John . Having owned all of them my opinion would be , stay with what you have unless and until you can get an HX 100. The 75 is a truly lovely amp , HX1.2 objectively better but less boogie factor . The next model is allegedly imminent but this probably means 2035
     
  16. deserter

    deserter pfm Member

    By the way a second hand HX100 is very rare and likely to cost at least 3 grand . And it’s very heavy
     
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  17. johnacurtis

    johnacurtis pfm Member

    Thanks Paul! So your not selling yours anytime soon then! :)
     
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  18. deserter

    deserter pfm Member

    Hell will freeze over first
     
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  19. deserter

    deserter pfm Member

    By the way I have friends who drive Hawks with an early HX75 - can’t imagine a better sound ( short of Diapasons, anyway )
     
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  20. Clay B

    Clay B pfm Member

    I smiled at this. Glad mine is worth at least three grand but she’s not heavy compared to my McIntosh and the latest Parasound, Pass Labs, Boulder etc.!

    Cheers
     
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