Antique Sound Lab AQ1006/845 Amplifiers

4.67/5 (3 Reviews)


Product Description

Single end Mono block Power amplifiers - full triode tube from In to out


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by pangl a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I got this brand new from eAudio.net after a pure leap of faith from reading TAS reviews.

I used this monoblocks to drive a pair of Revel F30 which is right (gorgeous mids) and wrong (F30 is hard to drive with most SET). I'd describe the sound is sweet and smooth. You do lose some details in exchange for excellent musicality. IMHO, among the many amps I owned before (CJ, ML, Classe, etc.) only the Mark Levinson monoblocks could compare the exquiste sound quality.

But it's not perfect. The optional cages are a total joke because not only they do not fit on the unit, the drilled holes do not even line up. Whoever designed this case needs some serious vision checks.

Also, I (was stupid enough that) purchased this amp brand new. It turned out AQ is such an no-name (underrated) that nobody offer to buy mine's until I dropped the price all the way to $1560. We are talking about an $1400 drop after 4 months! Nobody even wanna take trade in for this!

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $2965.00

Purchased At:   eAudio.Net



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ho Pang a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This is a review of the latest model which comes with bias meter display.

Very nice SET sound. Runs rather hot. Factory tube cage doesn't fit (ahhhh!). 22W class A can't drive low sensivity speakers well. In my case, it struggles badly with the Revel F30 (87db sensitivity) when playing large orchestral work at reasonable volume. Bass is plenty and tight but nothing like an ML #23.

Poor resale value: If you wanna get one, get one used. Don't buy new or you will be regretful.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $2950.00

Purchased At:   eAudio.net



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sonny Tuazon a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2001

Bottom Line:   
If you are looking for tube sound with lots of punch, detail, and musicality, these amps are perfect. I had used them with B&W 805's Nautilus, B&W P6 and the Soliloquy 5.0. Pre-amp tested was a Modulus 3A from Audible Illusions. A 60 watt per monoblock in triode is quite rare and expensive. Try them.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   from a friend




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