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Name a 'beautiful' amplifier.

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

  1. booja30

    booja30 pfm Member

    There's a set of those for sale here in Spain. It's really tempting but the rack mount ears are missing on the amp... I think they may have been damaged (like the preamp in that photo) and someone cut them off. Not that they're necessary, but rack mount gear looks cool.
  2. booja30

    booja30 pfm Member

    Better have a big solid slab of something to put that on or else the weight of it will make the motor and TT tilt toward each other!
  3. krenzler

    krenzler pfm Member

    Original Michi series from Rotel.

    Rack Kit, jamesd, stevied and 7 others like this.
  4. Pedro83

    Pedro83 pfm Member

  5. Jono_13

    Jono_13 Duffer

    He then moved onto...

    linnfomaniac83 and chartz like this.
  6. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    Like the Michi but the Dags are vulgar looking.
  7. booja30

    booja30 pfm Member

    I love the 9X00s too. It's unfortunate that it kind of became obsolete from having tape built in (and even CD these days). They are dirt cheap now, even compared to the 4500s.

    Jacob Jensen moved onto that from what? The 4500 series? The CX speakers? RL speakers? The hunk of solid aluminum Beolinks? So many great designs.
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  8. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator


    It’s total oligarch-grade bling-fi now with a knob.
  9. jusphish

    jusphish pfm Member

    I think this is a winner.
  10. Wolfmancatsup

    Wolfmancatsup Empire State Human

    I love these. I only had the 101B pre and the 104 tuner sadly - no power amps. Still have the tuner somewhere…
  11. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    I do like Nagra gear.
    Darmok, Sue Pertwee-Tyr and flapland like this.
  12. Rosie

    Rosie pfm Member

    I've seen a Sugden Dac from this range in a custom Orange with black switches and surrounds , stunning
  13. RoA

    RoA Well-Known Member

  14. Darren

    Darren All Business

    This gets my vote. Beautiful. It would be a treat with my (imaginary) Chrome Burmester amps.
  15. TonyScarlett

    TonyScarlett pfm Member

    I'm sorry, I know "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" & all that, but there is some hideous bling on these pages.
    How come no one's mentioned the Onix OA21 yet? I know the names dirt around these parts but the looks certainly aren't.
    +1 for Quad as well, particularly the 33/303.
  16. Robert

    Robert Tapehead

    That is the most hideous amplifier I've ever seen.
  17. booja30

    booja30 pfm Member

    For me it's a tie between that and the Alchemist Kraken:
    Both look like bad sci-fi props but from different eras.
  18. mikeyb

    mikeyb pfm Member

  19. Darren

    Darren All Business

    Nah.... thats ace. Really flash Gordon. If Ming the Merciless had an amp...........
  20. yunie_

    yunie_ Active Member

    I've looked through all of these and I have to say, 'beauty' is really in the eyes of the beholder.

    I believe I am the anomaly here, being just 33 years old and from the far east. So a lot of the designs showcase here in the thread has so far been, kind of repulsive to me (with of course a few exceptions). This shows how we perceive 'beauty' can sometimes be largely up to cultural influence.

    Being brought up during the 'japan' age of the 90s and then enjoyed minimalist designs from Scandinavian countries and Japan, here are some of my picks.


    One thing about japanese products for me is their build quality. They have always been a notch above everyone else. Everything just feels so premium. Sony products especially has this really premium feel to it.


    I find minimalist Scandinavian products like hegel and amphion to be very attractive as well.




    Amongst speakers, I've always found Italian speakers brand to be absolutely hideous. Brands like sonus faber with its black and wood design is by far the ugliest mainstream speakers I've seen.

    I like vintage design as well though even if many vintage products do not age well on a design perspective. Some of my favourites are the BBCs like Rogers new olive ls3/5a and graham ls5/9



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