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Chimera Laboratories ACE Monoblock
2 Reviews
rating  5 of 5
Description: The ACE is a classic example of a no compromise design born of a passion for music. The result is a refined 8 watts usable low distortion Output Power with a frequency response from 16Hz to 33kHz. With sensitivity 1.40 VAC rms for 8.0 Watts of power the ACE has enough gain to easily be driven by a CD player, tuner or phono stage. If you order with the optional volume control and you won''t need a preamplifier.. The front end tube can be any of the 12AX7, 5751, 12AY7 types and the Power Tube options are a 6L6, Western Electric 350B, 5881, 7027A, EL-34, KT-66 or KT-77 types.


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

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Easily the best amp(s) I have owned. Dynamics, accuracy and no grain. No classic tube roll off of frequency response. Incredible detail and extension on the frequency extremes. Tight, deep bass response that belies the amps size. As close to a "live band sound" that I have ever heard.
8 watts/channel. Can be "voiced" to your system by using various power and driver tubes. 6L6, 6CA7, EL34,KT66,WE350B,12AX7,5751,12AY7,6072.
Pricing is ridiculously low compared to performance. $1,200 - $1,500 or so depending on parts configuration. These amps should sell for multiples of that price.
Match with Chimera's interconnect series II and the performance is stunning. Highly recommend all copper rca's and speaker binding post option to match up with series II interconnect and speaker cable.

Until Chimera makes a better amp, I will not own another amp.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   Chimera Labs (chimer

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pierre917 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 30, 2002

Bottom Line:   
when i first saw this amp, i thought "how can something so small make enough head room to create a big stage or have any real bass?"well size means nothing...these amps have a very unique sound...simon and garfunkle said it best ...what you hear is thesound of silence...there is absolutly no sonic signature at all....i have been listening to tube audio for the last 20 years, and have had everything in my audio system and these amps are the best at an unbelivable price!i have spent 10k on a pair of 300b monoblocks,and now i know the secret is the secret is the build quality and the parts selection used in the ace...so get rid of those amps that cost as much as a car and buy a pair of these and realise that ther is still "audio magic" out there...and by the way, i have never had any trouble at all with this product...i am driving klipsh lascalla's (105 db@1watt@1meter)...i use a vintage (stock)SP3A1..wit a very high quality 3 peice CD front end...and of course all my interconnect is made by chimera labs...

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   mail order direct

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