Hafler 9180 Amplifiers

4.17/5 (6 Reviews) MSRP : $700.00


Product Description

105 Watt Mosfet Power Amplifier (1991-1994)


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adventurer a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2009

Bottom Line:   
Hafler's 9180 is the final evolution of the landmark DH-220 power amplifier that was the rage when released in the early 1980's. Excellent performance at a value price resulted from well-engineered complimentary circuitry employing the latest (at the time) power MOSFETs. I assembled and modified several, and installed the earlier versions in many audio systems, both home and professional venues. Reliability was high, and sound quality was quite good. The 9180 has several circuit improvements over the original Hafler 'DH' models including a complimentary FET differential input amp, turn-on transient supressor, larger power supply, other subtle circuit refinements as well as improved board layout, less wiring and notably higher quality parts. (Note that Hafler TransNova amplifiers employed a much different circuit topology.) Packaging/chassis are very good--substantial, functional build quality--I still find the 9180 to be quite attractive and the best looking of Hafler amplifiers. I could describe the circuitry further, but you're likely wondering about the sound. Against the latest state-of-the-art, mega-buck power amplifier, there are some shortcomings. In my listening tests, the low end in particular lacks some heft and control. None-the-less, this amplifier performs quite well over the audio spectrum providing clean, no-fatigue audio, and still holds its own which is quite an accomplishment considering that the basic design is around 30 years old! I call that good value. If you find one at a reasonable price, go for it and own a classic with a fine heritage while enjoying its performance for a long time.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by superryankatie a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2006

Bottom Line:   
.this kind of amp gives wonderful detail, warm tube like sound. great for 2 channel stero or used to home theater. It's built like a tank. If you can get one used ..i say go for it you can't go wrong. Can drive my b&w at 4 ohms with easy. This is a mucho amp. With very high ends parts and built quillty.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $750.00



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

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This is as good a 100wpc ampt that I could ask for. In my application, it was masterful in its performance, never getting weak at the knees. Awesome

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1996



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Frank a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2001

Bottom Line:   
The 9180 is a good product to start with - I did. However, it is not up to par with High end amps. My mid fi McCormack absolutely puts any Hafler amp to shame - Better bass, mids and highs with pinpoint imaging.

However, the Hafler is a good, reliable amp and should be considered for anyone entering highend or on a budget.

The 5 star review is not warranted.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1996

Price Paid:    $500.00



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve Ferro a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I purchased the Hafler 9180 used from an audiophile friend of mine. He was the original owner. I had the pleasure of auditioning it on his system up against such greats as Krell,Cal. Audio Labs, NHT. Needless to say, some very expensive high end gear. Suprisingly, the Hafler performed quite well in comparison to the Krell. The Hafler is a great all around performer when fully warmed up. (approx 1 hour) Considering the $250 price tag used, I can't imagine getting any better performance for the dollar!! I enjoy the open full sound it gives.

My system;
Hafler9180
Chase Technologies Line controler
Rotel RCD971
MIT timed interconnects, Monster interconnects
B&W 602's Bi wired W/Monster



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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995




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