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Name a 'beautiful' amplifier.

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

  1. Fergus

    Fergus pfm Member

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  2. HiFiman

    HiFiman Don't tell him Pike

    Nait 2 the only Naim CB model with an illuminated logo, 33 years old and doesn't look out of place with time.

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  3. booja30

    booja30 pfm Member

    Right click on the picture, copy the image link. Come back here, click the icon that looks like a photo of mountains, and paste the link into it:

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  4. snowman_al

    snowman_al pfm Member

    Yes always fancied the Lecson myself...
    Off the wall Nytech CA202 or what ever model


    or its younger sister the Nytech / Ion Obelisk 1


    Then there is the Goodmans Maxamp 30 perhaps?

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  5. James

    James Lord of the Erg\o/s

    I quite like the aesthetic of early Meridian amps.

  6. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    I do see the point. Modern interior design might well make this fit in well. I probably shouldn't have said 'beauty' on reflection, maybe asking about good design instead. Not the same at all. In which case most of the above i kind of get.
    B&O must come closest. At least there is an undeniable elegance there I think. I see the quads too, esp the control amps (if orange and gold are even allowed :) ) but the Radford?? I mean I do like it, but there can have no thought to aesthetics at all...I mean, none whatsoever, and if there was, the guys design experience must have been drawing up the fact a Lada beat the Radford in the good design stakes 50X.
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  7. Fergus

    Fergus pfm Member

    Thanks I’ll know now for future posts.
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  8. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    Yamaha, of course.
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  9. booja30

    booja30 pfm Member

    Especially any of the A-SXX00's. I'd want to leave the top off because they're so pretty inside.
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  10. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

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  11. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    It’s elegant, much like Apple products. I don’t think that’s an accidental reference.
  12. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Well, I can dream, can’t I?



    Hovland Sapphire does it for me.
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2021
  13. p147

    p147 Sunny Sussex.

    I had these as well as the tuner, cassette player, and CD player set a few months ago then decided my new COVID-19 project was to move on to the Yamaha's. They are indeed beautiful in the flesh especially when the sunlight is on them as they then show the deep ruby red 'URUSHI' finish.
  14. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    One of my friends had a Lescon power amp for a while, it would have been early to mid-80s, so second hand, and it kept blowing up. He had Gale 401s (still has a pair), which are not the easiest things to drive, and he ended up giving up on the Lescon as it needed fixing so often. I can’t remember the preamp he had, but definitely not Lescon. I always felt the Lescon kit would make for an amazing looking system with JR149s.
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  15. mega lord

    mega lord Centre tapped

    A&R A60.
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  16. booja30

    booja30 pfm Member

    That Lecson setup would have fit in well as a set piece in A Clockwork Orange, or maybe even 2001...
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  17. Cereal Killer

    Cereal Killer 432 Point5

    Think TRON and LAMM also deserve a shout-out here, IF I were ever going valves that's where I'd start.
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  18. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    What is? The radford?
    OK. Well I don't want to get personal here lol, so one man's meat etc.

    An E type is 'elegant' maybe, most Alfas are, esp the Giuila Spyder ...the Italians understand elegance, it's a mix of lightness of design, simplicity and clear purpose. It works as a whole. And comparing Apple to Radford makes me think ....oh ok. It's a wind up :)
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  19. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

  20. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    Aha. yes. As I said.

    Design is a trend, beauty isn't, it's just personal.

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