Loaner IC: AustinAudioWorks Black Amp

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  1. roshambo123

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    I'll throw my name onto the list. Los Angeles here.
     
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    Please put me in, next to @MisterRogers since we can do local handoffs.
    will compare to Black Widow 2 and Aficionado, with ZMF Auteur. and maybe Verite Closed blackwood.
     
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    Black AMP arrived last night, I just got it today, expect to send to someone (please direct me) on Monday. Thank you
     
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    BarryT MOT: Austin Audio Works

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    The Black AMP arrived last night, I got it today, will send it to someone (please direct me to whom) on Monday, thank you.
     
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    @k4rstar Do you want to add me to the list if it ever comes up to Canada?
     
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    I’m next on the list unless the previous person wants another round post changes. I sent my info to k4rstar.
     
  10. k4rstar

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    Barry let me know he cut the output impedance in half by changing out 84 surface mount resistors (!)

    I reached out to the last two loaner participants but neither was available to try the amp again so it's on its way to @loadexfa next

    also going to put up an interest check thread for a loaner on the Black Swan phono pre-amp Barry has
     
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    I'm fine to drop off the list. It's firmly established I am not a solid state guy.
     
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    You should really give this amp a try. It sounds farther away from a solid state and is more akin to a tube amp.
     
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    Take away all my other amps, I'd be OK with Jot 2. But given tubes, I'm not gravitating toward it.

    Still worth it to hear the Black Amp?
     
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    @roshambo123 This amp leaves Jot in the dust. I think the amp is unique enough that it's worth hearing, and I think it'll surprise you. It's better than normal tube amps. I'll take an Aficionado over it any day, but this amp gets closer to big tubes than any SS amp I've tried.
     
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    This should be interesting.

    Edit: I see someone I know on the list. I'll send my Black Widow 2 to them for a comparison.
     
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    From my experience with the amp, I’d buy it over the Jot 2 every time. It has the tube qualities I enjoy - openess and never sounds compressed. You might be impressed by what you hear. It may lack in slam but it looks like that may have been fixed in the latest update. I’d say you should if you like a tube amp sound but I won’t twist your arm on it. ;)
     
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    The people have spoken. I shall listen to the Black Amp.

    I'll stay on the list.
     
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    Box arrived safely today.
     
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    If at the end of all this, it can make a side trip to Taiwan via my forwarding service in Delaware, I'd love to hear it. I'll return it by FedEx/DHL.
     
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    I’ll try the latest version! :p
     

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