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JVC AX-Z1010TN - Review (part II)

Discussion in 'classic' started by Dan K, Sep 7, 2015.

  1. Sonci

    Sonci pfm Member

    I wonder which one was top of the line ?
    The 1010 has the K2 filter but is "only" 16kg, while 911 is at least 4kg heavier..
  2. Nick_G

    Nick_G pfm Member

    They both were. The 911 dates from 1987-88 and the 1010 replaced it in 1989.
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  3. kasperhauser

    kasperhauser pfm Member

    Greetings, TJ. Whatever amp you're using now, it must be fierce, to have sent the mighty JVC into hiding.
  4. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss

    Just an old Sugden which always seems to end up back in my system. Under powered really for my speakers but nostalgia wins.
  5. Stuart Frazer

    Stuart Frazer pfm Member

    Interesting, which Old Sugden are you using in preference to the JVC AX-1010 at the moment?

    In some better times, it would be great to have a JVC Top Of The Line Bake-Off:

    JVC AX-Z1010 (1989)
    JVC AX-Z911 (1988)
    JVC AX-1100 (1987)
    Plink likes this.
  6. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss

    Hi Stuart, It’s an original A21 wooden sleeved. I’m not in anyway saying it’s better but I always find myself going back to it.
  7. Stuart Frazer

    Stuart Frazer pfm Member

    That's interesting Tigerjones. I've just bought a wooden sleeved original Sugden A21 Series 2. I've not tried it yet, but given it's age (around 1969?), it probably needs a full service. I love the looks of it!
  8. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss

    They're lovely, Stuart. I have two. Sugden still service them although they are running out of some parts, which is not surprising given their age. Patrick at Sugden is the man to speak to and their charges are very reasonable given what some firms charge.
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  9. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss

    Stuart, if you're using the phono section (which is very nice) it works well with Nagaoka and Goldring carts, as well as Denon DL110. Anyway back to the JVC.
    Stuart Frazer likes this.
  10. eartoday

    eartoday New Member

    Could anyone tell me what the JVC power output is into 4 and 2ohms please? Im thinking of getting one to try with my Mk 2 Obelisks but if Im going to go through the hassle of buying and trialing one I really want to be sure that it will have more than enough to revel 100% of what the Obs can do. Thank you
  11. flatpopely

    flatpopely Prog Rock/Moderator

    200w at 4
    320w at 2

  12. Snufkin

    Snufkin pfm Member

    The 1010 works very well with Obelisk 2's and has more than enough grunt to cope.
  13. Markyb

    Markyb pfm Member

    Works well with Obs I drove my Ob 1s with the JVC fine
  14. Waxxy

    Waxxy pfm Member

    Just over 2 years now with the Z1010...and at this point it's going to stay for the long haul. I've had enough other solid state amps to know that it really doesn't get a whole hell of a lot better than the JVC.

    I do have another favorite amp, an Audiomat Prelude Reference (push-pull el34), which is at the techs for servicing. More than likely I will keeping them both, but it will be an interesting comparison.

  15. mutolay

    mutolay New Member

    Hi there!
    New owner of JVC here! Just bought 1010 in mint condition for 500e.I got recommendation about this amp from my friend, and I was a bit skeptic first, how can 20 years old dac compete with newest technology. Now I can just say that quality of this combo is amazing. Ofc like all class A stuff needs thorough warmup period-circuit behind digital inputs must be warm for best experience. I also compared it with chineese dac- smsl m400, packed with latest digital gadgets RP 900e. M400 has more pronounced bass, but is also somehow detached from whole music picture in comparison, K2 is much more balanced! Tested on Celestion 3 speakers, which are also phenomenal for asking price.
    Plink, joe9407, VanDerGraaf and 4 others like this.
  16. flatpopely

    flatpopely Prog Rock/Moderator

    I’m still enjoying mine after 6 years. It just sounds so enjoyable on any source.
    Johnjo likes this.
  17. VanDerGraaf

    VanDerGraaf pfm Member

    I was a bit stern with my review of it a couple of years ago, but that was more about the K2 Dac- which I was very surprised at not loving.
    As an amplifier it really is very good indeed.
  18. Dan K

    Dan K pfm Member

    Did you try the phonostage?

    I still think the DAC is VERY good, although it's not actually the DAC itself. The K2 buffer/ interface is the thing.
  19. VanDerGraaf

    VanDerGraaf pfm Member

    I'm not a turntable guy- digital only. I had another amp with quad PCM-56P chips as used in the 1010- I didn't find that to my taste either.

    I would probably give the 1010 another shot. It really seems like a quality piece of gear.
  20. Plink

    Plink pfm Member

    thanks for sharing. is this what you measured years ago? the service manual indicates 160 watts into 4 ohms but could very well be conservative.

    do you have or remember where you saw those specs? I have been looking for more information on the power specs.

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