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Name a 'beautiful' amplifier.

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

  1. Dave***t

    Dave***t Revolutionary relativist

    Yeah, one reason I enjoy the look of exposed valve equipment is the steampunk/retro-future feel I get from them. Some great looking contraptions come up in the search you suggest.

    That might be an age thing - being born in the late 70s, valves weren’t really a thing any more when I was growing up, at least not that I remember. So there’s an arcane exotic quality to them that might not carry for people a bit older who remember them more clearly from the first time around.

    But, contrary to some, I think valves on show is the way to go. I think a Jinro would be my ideal, along with a Gyrodec on similar aesthetic grounds (I don’t even own much vinyl, but would still love one almost as a sculpture).

    That’s one reason, even if it is a bit superficial, why I’m keen on my own current amp, too. In fact, why not have a picture...

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  2. Darmok

    Darmok "Didactic Prophylaxes"


    My VERY pretty girlfriend described my pair of Leak TL12.1's
    standing side by side, up and running in a dim room as looking like city lights.

    She did like the blue light emissions display caused by a bit of a soft quartet of Marconi / Osram KT66s.
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  3. RoA

    RoA Well-Known Member

    She is clearly more understanding and laid back than most.
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2021
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  4. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Wow, that is a really nice pair of TL12.1s. Holy grail-grade audio.
  5. S-Man

    S-Man Kinkless Tetrode Admirer

    Heard a nicely restored pair of TL12.1s a few months back, in a system I know very well.

    They are very, very good indeed. Rediculously so, if you factor in the age!
  6. -alan-

    -alan- pfm Member

    Hell, I'd buy a pair of the empty boxes just for the look of the things :)

    Remind me of something you'd see on the Nostromo, or on the set of BladeRunner somewhere.
  7. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    many years ago, almost in another life when I worked in HiFi retail, I visited the flat of a well known reviewer and he had a set unused, weighing down his speakers.
  8. gx502

    gx502 pfm Member

    39K USD for a class-D amplifier!!! Looks pretty, but for that price I expect more than just good aesthetics.

    Well, I suppose the thread is about good looking amplifiers............
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  9. Cereal Killer

    Cereal Killer 432 Point5

    Its is a lot more that just an amplifier though, its also a modular preamp, DAC and RIAA MM/MC phonostage. The Class D (Pascal M-PRO2) module is obviously the poweramp section and has a very specific implementation.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2021
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  10. calorgas

    calorgas Ratty bumpkin

    It does look rather like a slide projector though :D

    I can't think of a single amplifier that I would call beautiful (and none of the pics so far have helped), though there are a few that are definitely stylish.
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  11. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    To be fair, it was, in retrospect, a daft title. I can't think of many industrial design objects that are actually beautiful. B&O and Apple have certainly produced some real elegance and I can think of chairs and etc that qualify...

    I did see this which at least elegant in it's way (and almost certainly a triumph of form over function) :) Dieter Rams Braun music center

    Also quite like the look of the Ruark R7 'radiogram', tho it's not a coherent as D.R's Braun.

    If I were starting out I think I'd reduce the on box controls to a bare minimum, and put everything onto a remote. In that way you have a fairly clean sheet with the box. It might be a laugh to try and sketch something out. Anyone got a pencil and paper to have a go?
    Dig out those crayons you once used!
  12. booja30

    booja30 pfm Member

    I'd go the other way. Some of my favorite items (B&O, old Sansui) appeal to me in a large part because of how it is to interact with the item -- not how it looks sitting on a shelf in the room. If everything is done by remote then you might as well have it in another room or in a cabinet. If it's a beauty to behold then make it interactive!

    That's my opinion.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2021
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  13. S-Man

    S-Man Kinkless Tetrode Admirer

    Indeed, especially as the title said to name one, then we find in the 1st post that "Images obviously essential".
    Make your mind up! :D
  14. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    I claim the dementiadefence. (Arnold vs Smithenbaum; Pennsylvania, 1924).
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  15. Rack Kit

    Rack Kit pfm Member

    Always liked the look of the Naim NAP 500 Head Unit.



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  16. booja30

    booja30 pfm Member

    I wonder why the brushed grain pattern repeats on that. Maybe it's a rendering with a repeating texture? But it would annoy me, kind of like when a tile installer lays artificial wood or marble and puts two of the same identical tile next to each other. There's my OCD again!
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  17. Rack Kit

    Rack Kit pfm Member

    Possibly, who knows what the designers might have done if the brushed grain wasn't showing clearly enough in the photographs?
  18. yuckyamson

    yuckyamson pfm Member

    Finally! The TT that was on the set of "Man of Steel".
  19. RoA

    RoA Well-Known Member

    We seem to have drifted from amplifiers but would I start using vinyl again, though unlikely, the simplicity, 'elegance' and low profile of a Rega would likely be the most appealing option.

    Those huge metal sculptures would give me nightmares.
  20. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    Haha, yep, that’s good humour, which to me says that they enjoy what they’re doing... not usually a bad thing for a low volume manufacturer!

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