Fi X Amplifiers

5/5 (6 Reviews) MSRP : $895.00


Product Description

2A3 Based Single-Ended Tube Amp - 3w x2 Channels


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Magneto a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Don Garber of Fi Audio created this amplifier as a "low-cost" solution for people who could not afford his 2A3 Monoblocs. As a "low-cost" product, I expected it to be quite compromised in sound quality compared to its much more expensive siblings.

I have never heard Fi's 2A3 Monoblocs, but I have heard Wright Sound, Bottlehead, and Moth Audio 2A3 amps. The "X" is magical! It puts the "music" back in music reproduction. I like it better than the Wright. I like it as much as the Moth 2A3, and for half the price.

It has such smooth output it takes the pain out of digital. But it doesn't seem to smooth over the small details. Transients sound quick but natural, piano and stringed instrument attacks sound like the instrument, instead of some smeared facsimile. Note decays sound just right, vocals sound great!

In fact, any kind of acoustical music sounds fabulous. Heavy metal, hip-hop, hard-rock people need not apply. This amp won't help at all. If you have good quality, high efficiency speakers (94dB or greater) this is one super amplifier.

This one has the optional Magnequest output iron, which is supposed to help bass output.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   used



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by M.L.C. a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2001

Bottom Line:   
SET amps have their drawbacks,in that they don't put out killer bass...however what they do is produce music in such a natural, compelling way,that for me it is highly unlikely I could ever go back to solid state.This amp makes WONDERFUL MUSIC...PERIOD.Piano sounds like PIANO.Attack ,decay ,timbre,and a rich palpable TONE, it's all there. Vocals sometimes cause me do stop whatever I am doing ,and just sit to listen.Along with the magical Jeff Korneff 45,this is the nicest amp I have heard to date.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Private Owner



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robin Wyatt a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I have had , maybe, 2 dozen tube amps ( Audio Research, Counterpoint, Wavelength, Wellborne, Cary, Mac,ETC), with 5 being SET's, This Fi"X" intergrated, is by far the best amp I have ever heard. I am happy listening to the music again!
(Fi'X", AR XA1/Stanton 908 LZ,Lloyd Peppard Nuvista custom phono pre, ,Sony SCD 1, The Hornshoppe "Horns").

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1150.00

Purchased At:   Direct



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rafael a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2000

Bottom Line:   
After 6 months of auditioning tube amplifiers (multipentode, push pull, SETs) this is the best 2A3 amp I heard, and the best deal. Well built, slamming bass ( not boomy loud/distorted low noise), takes your cD collection and not only removes veils from the sound, but makes the music gripping. Hard to put into words, but songs, or pieces I used to press the skip button, are know delightful. No recognizable coloration, but transparent to the recording conditions. Amazing with the vinyl. If you like music, this will get you closer. Jazz, classical, rock, Latin, country . . .. Excellent built quality and a beautiful, like a bauhaus prototype. Hand built quality-made in Brooklyn, New York City!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peter De Lillo a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 30, 1999

Bottom Line:   
Dollar for dollar, in the stock form, it's hard to beat. Three and a half watts is not a lot of power for those not familiar, or those not using self powered sub-woofers. 300B's are a lot easier. Still, it is a tremendous value. A lot of fun.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998




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