Deciding between two entry-level amps

Discussion in 'New Gear - Values' started by David Politi, Jan 3, 2019.

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Which amp should I buy?

Poll closed Jan 10, 2019.
  1. Option A Douk Audio EL34

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  2. Option B Luxury Aiqin L-02 EL34

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  1. David Politi

    David Politi New Member

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    Hey AK!

    I'm a new member here, looking forward to making some new friends.

    My current setup:
    • Budget AT-120 turntable (belt, MM)
    • Schiit SS preamp
    • Klipsch RF 61 (98db sensitivity)
    • 20x20' room, no room treatment
    I'm upgrading my hifi at home with a tube amplifier, and I'm looking at two similar models. They appear to be from the same company (Nobsound) and I can't figure out which one to buy. Both are EL34-based SET, around 8W output/chan @8ohms, and around $350. It appears the cost-savings has affected the transformers the most, and both models are hand-wired on scaffolding.

    • Option A Douk Audio EL34 Vacuum Tube Amplifier Class A single-ended
    • Option B Luxury Aiqin L-02 HIFI EL34

    I'm looking for some insight and opinions on which one would be better for my setup (posted above) within the context of classical, noise, post-punk, and afrobeat.

    David
     

     

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  2. Poultrygeist

    Poultrygeist Lunatic Member

    I'd go with the one from Amazon. If for some reason you're not satisfied you can return it and they'll pay the return shipping.

    Plus for a few bucks you can buy their extended warranty.

    You do have recourse with an eBay purchase but it takes some effort.
     
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  3. Stefan Wood

    Stefan Wood AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    You might want to complement the speakers with a subwoofer for the non classical music. The post punk and afrobeat may lack that bottom end.
     
  4. David Politi

    David Politi New Member

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    Thanks everyone! I ended up chickening out and ordering a MP-301
     
  5. Stefan Wood

    Stefan Wood AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    It is a better amp.
     
  6. Dr. Ears

    Dr. Ears AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I am fairly certain they come out of the same factory. I would choose the one by Amazon because of customer service and the extra driver tube.
     

     

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