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Name a 'beautiful' amplifier.

Discussion in 'audio' started by Rockmeister, Apr 3, 2021.

  1. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    Or 'does great design exist in HiFi electronics' ?

    Oddballs there have been ...Lecson AC1 anyone?

    Glowing glass is nice on a winters eve, but in a beautiful case?

    Simplicity comes close but is oh so easy.

    Big meters make some horny but great design???

    Over to you blokes. Images obviously essential.
     
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  2. John

    John Fore!

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    [​IMG] Sonos Amp.
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2021
  3. pocketkitchen

    pocketkitchen Registered User

    The old Linn Klimax amps were stunning and the Quad 34/405 or 34/306 in the stand. Both would look great in my dream Frank Lloyd Wright house.
     
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  4. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

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    I’m slowly restoring these two little 1950s Leak TL12+ mono amps at present and the more I look at them the more I like their simple honest ‘form dictated by function’ aesthetics. All the parts of a valve amp nicely finished and on show with no frills or bling. The thing the picture may not get across for those unfamiliar with them is they are really quite small and neat, they are only 10” wide.

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    Beyond that Quad all day long; the 2 series, 3 series and 4 series are all real design classics, as are the ESLs and 63s.

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    The 306 is now owned by Lordsummit, but this was a great combo (I’ve still got the 34).
     
  5. Darmok

    Darmok "Didactic Prophylaxes"

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    Moreish...

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  6. Darmok

    Darmok "Didactic Prophylaxes"

    Audiomaster 11a.

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    Been looking for a partner like forever.
     
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  7. robbyd

    robbyd pfm Member

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  8. chartz

    chartz If it’s broke fix it!

    I have this pair at home.

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  9. robbyd

    robbyd pfm Member

     
  10. Cereal Killer

    Cereal Killer 432 Point5

  11. Bob_in_OKC

    Bob_in_OKC pfm Member

    Rega Elicit had a nice look to it.

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  12. Hoopsontoast

    Hoopsontoast pfm Member

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  13. eevo1969

    eevo1969 pfm Member

    Beautiful isn’t a word I’d use in relation to hifi, music yes.
    Nice, pretty or even masculine but not beautiful.
     
  14. daytona600

    daytona600 Registered User

  15. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    Unison

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  16. daytona600

    daytona600 Registered User

    Unison
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  17. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    I agree with Tony’s Quads and sort of with Darmok’s Radfords (I think the MAs look a bit weird and the STA15 looks far nicer than the 25 by not having the biasing holes in the front. But then I have a 15, so I would say that, wouldn’t I?) I think Coplands are aesthetically pleasing, too. Some of the others posted in this thread are hideous to my eyes. No names, no pack drill...
     
  18. Colonel_Mad

    Colonel_Mad pfm Member

    Olive Naim 52/Supercap/135/135 in a darkened room with the glowing lights on for me.
    Tried to find a photo on the web but surprisingly for such a widely known combo couldn’t see one.
     
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  19. booja30

    booja30 pfm Member

    One of my top 5 would be a Beomaster 4500 (with the CD and tape next to it of course):

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  20. daytona600

    daytona600 Registered User

    CS port
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