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Which amp would you keep?

H&K 4420 - 225 wpc MOSFET design.

Luxman M117 - 200 wpc using Darlington radio grade Bipolar transistors.

I have to sell one of them but I like them both for different reasons.

The Luxman has such a smooth sound. Yes, it's electric velvet - but alas, no balls.

The B&K beats it on the bass hands down - but it seems a little grainy in comparison.

The luxman weighs about 25 lbs more than the B&K. The transformer is massive.

Sure wish I knew more about amp design.

What do you think? For the first time in a long time I have no idea what to do.


This message has been edited by deang on 11-26-2001 at 03:58 PM

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Both of those amps are good. I happen to be a B&K fan and think their older gear was some of the best deals around, easily outperforming ADCOM and the other midfi Japanese offerings.

A great compromise would be to keep the B&K and get a good tube preamp...or at least a decent one. I would opt for a 6SN7 based preamp personally. The B&K amps go very well with tube preamps.

IF you really want a velvet and life-like midrange, go for a good tube amp and keep the B&K around to compare.



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Linn LP-12/Linn Basic Plus/Sumiko Blue Point

Rega Planet

Cary Audio SLP-70 w/Phono Modified

Creek OBH-12 Passive Preamp

Welborne Labs 2A3 Moondog Monoblocks

DIYCable Wire - Various

1977 Klipsch Cornwall I

Alternate Components:

EICO HF-81 - btw, perfect Cornwall match


ProAc Mini-Towers

EICO HFT-90 Tube FM Tuner

Sumo Aurora Tuner

Nakamichi CR-7af>s>

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