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Name a 'beautiful' amplifier.

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

  1. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    It's striking but I have to knock off ten points for the blue LEDs I'm afraid.
     
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  2. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    If we're allowing stripped down simplicity I'm also voting for the Densen Big Knob.

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  3. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    This thread just goes to show that beauty is most definitely in the eye of the beholder, as sound is in the ears.
     
  4. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    In that case (ha ha) I’ll go for the Tony L Tupperware Special Edition Passive.

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  5. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    WTF!
     
  6. RoA

    RoA Well-Known Member

    Whilst I can appreciate the work that has gone into the design of some (large) products such as D'Agostini and others I wouldn't want them in my living room. I think I would find them distractive, oppressive and austentatious.

    I may be in a minority but for me, Music/Hifi has to be heard not seen and I am willing to trade a little performance/loudness for that.
     
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  7. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

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

    If we can't agree about what constitutes a beautiful amplifer, perhaps we might be more in agreement about what doesn't?
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  8. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    I had that ready to post as something that doesn’t appeal, then thought better of it not wanting to ruin the ambience of the thread :)
     
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  9. wylton

    wylton Naim and Mana member

    I guess someone had to spoil it by adding an ugly duckling, but I do like the understated simplicity of the Naim NAC22/NAP120:

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  10. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

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

    Apologies, wasn't trying to spoil it but I do think some of the amps posted were not what I'd class as beautiful, which only goes to show, as others have said, that beauty is very subjective. I was interested to see if there was a similar divergence of opinion in respect of something like the Metaxas kit which, as far as I can tell, is intentionally designed to shock. It's art as much as technology.
     
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  11. booja30

    booja30 pfm Member

    It doesn't even say Tupperware on it! So now some brand called 'Sistema' are knocking off Tupperware passive preamps?
     
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  12. booja30

    booja30 pfm Member

    I think I can see where the inspiration came from:
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  13. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    His open reel kind of appeals in a Trekky way

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  14. RichardA

    RichardA pfm Member

  15. p147

    p147 Sunny Sussex.

    I would love one of these.

    EAR V20 integrated amplifier.

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  16. Jono_13

    Jono_13 Duffer

    The Lecson and Meridian used to torment me in the window of Radford Hifi, Windsor, in the late 70s/early 80s.

    My dad was slightly obsessed by B&O and we had one of these....

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  17. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

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

    Yes, and despite myself I quite like his turntable
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  18. RichardA

    RichardA pfm Member

  19. krenzler

    krenzler pfm Member

    Sony TA-E86B/N86B combo. Understated elegance and no compromise build in and out. Much like the previous E/N88B combo.

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  20. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    Yeah I saw a pic of a full system with that TT in the same colours as the R2R but can’t find it again, maybe at Munich or similar show, certainly was a statement of intent and would be appealing to some folk.
     

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