Hafler DH-200 Amplifiers

4.31/5 (29 Reviews) MSRP : $430.00


Product Description

100 Watts Per Channel MOSFET Power Amplifier - Was Sold Assembled Or As A Kit (1979-1982)


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason Smith a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2013

Bottom Line:   
This collection of reviews helped me decide to buy a Hafler DH-220 on Ebay and I'm glad I did. I bought it along with a DH-100 solid state preamp for $260 + $40 shipping. I bought it from a dealer who said it was in excellent condition. I have no idea if it came from a kit or the factory. I don't know if anything has ever been replaced or upgraded with it. But I do know that it delivers entry level audiophile quality sound at as cheap as you can hope to get into the market.

Now my entry level system is complete. I have a customized vintage 70s Thorens TD-166 turntable ($550) going into the gem of my system, a Mark Voigt hand-built Magi Phenomenal Tube Phono Preamp ($850 new). That goes into the line input of the Hafler Preamp which feeds into the DH-220. I also bought some vintage Klipsch KG-4 speakers for $340 to complete the system. I'm very happy, though I know I will want to upgrade the DH-100 for a tube line preamp. Add in about $150 for Better Cables and you've got a great entry level vinyl system for under the price of many tube preamps.

I don't have a lot of experience in audiophile sound so I know I'm not the best judge. However, as a musician I have spent a lot of time in studios, and I've always felt like I couldn't get close to that "studio sound" at home. Listening to vinyl on this system, I'm starting to feel like I'm in the studio with Hendrix, The Beatles, and all my other favorites. It's a great feeling. And after years of mp3s, online streaming and just listening to cds in my car, I am realizing that it's a lot more satisfying to listen to music while seated on my sofa with a tumbler of Southern Comfort in my hand.

If I had a little more money, I'd have splurged on ebay on a rebuilt Hafler DH-220. But I wanted it NOW and this one came with the pre-amp. I needed the preamp so I just decided to get them together. And I can always upgrade it later if it starts humming etc. That's another great feature with the Hafler. There are still people out there who upgrade them.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



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

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2011

Bottom Line:   
THis review is of a refurbished Hafler DH200 amplifier.
I got thi amplifier of Ebay in great shape but after hearing it, I figured that rebuilding it back to new specs was well worth it.
Getting on in years of being an audiophile, I had my fair share of amplifiers. Making things short, I've owned many set-ups including, Quad, Naim, Bryston, Musical Fidelity ext. Solid state, Class A,single ended and powerfull push pull tube setups as well.
All have given me some enjoyement in the past but imediacy is now the name of the game. I want to feel that I'm in the same room as the performers. (A small groop of course) as this set-up will not play at full orquestral volume.
I use a Single ended pure class A tube amplifier using 845 tubes for the highs and the Hafler DH200 for the lows.
The match is perfect. The imaging is spooky real sometimes. Some nights I just can't go to bed. The amplifier is dead quiet. You have to place your ear has to be close up to the speaker in order to hear a faint hiss.
I have to use a subwoofer in order to get some real foundation in the lower notes( this is not a Brysten 4B) but for most of you out there, it will be OK. I must admit that the uF bank in the power supply has been upgrated from 10,000uF to 22,000uF. This added to the bass foundation. I did not find that this amplifier has ringing highs as many have found in the past reviews. In fact, I find it kind of soft and laid back. To much for my taste and so the reason for by-amping with the 845 single ended amplifier for the highs.
All in all, a great amplifier for the price. Just make sure that you test before you buy. The output transistor are Mosphet TO-3 types and have been discontinued. You can find replacements but thry are expensive and the bias will have to be adjusted.

Strengths:
Great amplifier for the price.

Weaknesses:
To soft on the highs for my personnal taste.

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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 sqlsavior a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2008

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the DH220.

After 25 years, the only good piece left alive in my old stereo system was my NAD 3020 integrated amp, a legendary giant-killer in the budget audiophile category for many years. So when I received a settlement for my motorcycle accident recently, I went and bought both a HT setup, and a whole new (& used) 2-channel-only system. The Hafler is the stereo power amp I'm keeping. I am quite happy with it.

I've been listening to my new system about two months now, and am VERY pleased. I've been hearing new detail and complexities from very familiar albums. I particular, I can follow bass tracks note-for-note that used to get lost in the rest of the music. How much of this is due to the amp versus the rest of the system is hard to estimate, but the Hafler sure isn't holding the rest back.

It is also very easy to listen to for hours; very non-fatiguing, especially with vinyl, and most CDs, in my (mostly older) collection at least. It is also very revealing of some source material's shortcomings. A Linda Ronstadt CD (Hasten Down the Wind) sounded awful - harsh, nasty, and not at all like my vinyl copy, which sounded better than ever.

I am convinced that the enthusiam for tube amplifiers, seemingly growing right along with the re-emergence of vinyl, is a compensating reaction to poor-sounding CDs, often newer ones, compressed and loud, produced by tin-eared, clock-punching, rap-happy sound "engineers", in the worst sense of the word.

While I am curious about tube amplifier sound, and may try one someday to satisfy that curiosity, unless I win the lottery, I am likely to be enjoying my Hafler for the rest of my life. Highly recommended :)

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   eBay



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

Date Reviewed: December 31, 2006

Bottom Line:   
This amp is the greatest better than most resent foreign amps I have tried.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $2.00

Purchased At:   ebay



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by CerwinVega a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2005

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the DH-220. This was my first power amplifier for home/car back in 1994 when I was 16. I owned this amp from 1994 to 1997 until I decided to concentrate on car audio and the amp was giving me some problems with humming and I had to keep filtering my preamp to help with the problems. This was a good first amp for me as I learned a little more about home audio since then. When working properly with the Cerwin Vega VS-120's I would shake not only my house but houses 100 yards away with the windows shut which explains the power that it put out with the correct speakers. The power rating on DH-220 is 115 RMS into 8 ohms.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   somebody in the trad




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