Audiosource 7T Tripath amp (cheap)

Discussion in 'Dollars and Sense' started by bmc1973, Apr 3, 2007.

  1. bmc1973

    bmc1973 Member

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    I got this from the Magnepan forum - A liquidator of some sort is selling NIB Audiosource Tripath (200 wpc into 8 ohms and 325 wpc into 4 ohms) amps for $275 or best offer (I got mine for $225 - original list price is $699). They have ~40 available. These use the same Tripath chip found in the Sonic T-amp, Bel Canto Evo 200.2, Audio Research 150.2 and the Carver Pro ZR1000. In fact, they are pretty much identical to the Carver Pro ZR1000 - which retails for $1099.

    Anyhoo, these are very rare as Audiosource only had a limited run of these amps due to RFI interference and the FCC regs. But PhoenixGold, who owns Audiosource and Carver, decided to rebrand it as the Carver Pro ZR series. I am awaiting delivery of mine, and will post my thoughts after burn in.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=120102996404&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=002
     
  2. jon_s

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    I bought one ... couldn't resist. I had really wanted one when they were released, but none were available due to the FCC fiasco. There is a diyaudio thread on these now, too, including an inside pic (looks pretty decent, and easy to mod). linky
     
  3. johnny ro

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    cant be same ship

    super t-amp is only 6 wpc. Same philosophy of design, most likely, and maybe same sound. Looks nice.
     
  4. shrinkboy

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    what, exactly, in liberal arts major speak, is the problem with them? i kinda getting to be a tripath nut, so please tell me...
     
  5. shrinkboy

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    couldn't resist, made 'em the $225 offer-- but what's the problem? the FCC shut 'em down because they were emitting too much radio frequency interference? did i correctly translate into liberal arts speak? will there be any problem with the amp at my home?
     
  6. bmc1973

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    Thanks for the link, Jon. Nice to see the inside pic. I like how the OP described the sound right out of the box as "crystalline highs and tight bottom end" - pretty much how I would describe my T-amp.
     
  7. bmc1973

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    Basically, you may have some interference with Channel 8 on your TV. Probably not that big of a deal.
     
  8. soundmotor

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    Can you cite where your info came from? I would like to read on how they were actually prevented from selling them.

    As an aside, nearly every class-D amplifier has emissions off the speaker outputs that can blank radio reception on the AM band & sometimes FM too. That has not stopped virtually every car audio manufacturer from selling them.
     
  9. Clmrt

    Clmrt Just thrilled.

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    Tech on the chip -

    http://www.tripath.com/pb0104A.htm

    I never knew the president, CEO and Chairman was Mr. Tripathi. I read their 2004 financial report. I see now why they went bankrupt.

    Too bad he doesn't share Bose's marketing skills.
     
  10. jon_s

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    Linky

    This does use the earliest revision of the highest power tripath chip, and was one of the first implementations, so it probably has more evil potential than a new design. Supposedly, the Audiosource design morphed into the Carver ZR (of course, it's probably close to the reference circuit anyways, so that doesn't mean too much).
     
  11. pmsummer

    pmsummer simul justus et peccator

    Sorry shrinkboy, no more Dale Hansen for you. :no:
     
  12. rickon66

    rickon66 Older Than Dirt

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    I've been looking at these. If anyone gets one soon, please comment.
     
  13. shrinkboy

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    dale hansen aka cabeza de puerco at my house, but of course, my TV come from satellite so i don't think i'll have any probs, pmsummer. i did go ahead and chomp on one of the high power tripaths, and might sell the big boy adcom....
     
  14. soundmotor

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    Apparently not meeting FCC radiated emissions doesn't prevent the sale of an item though as a blow-out.

    :confused:

    Usually what that means is that the item can't carry a UL or CSA mark which may have be why they decided not to sell it. As those are voluntary rather than mandatory submissions I am surprised they just didn't go ahead with it.
     
  15. soundmotor

    soundmotor super modified Subscriber

    I've actually got an original Tripath demo amp with the TA0104 chip set.

    I really should dust it off and use it.
     
  16. rickon66

    rickon66 Older Than Dirt

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    I shot them a $225 offer and they shot me down!! Ditto on $240 :banana:
     
  17. rickon66

    rickon66 Older Than Dirt

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    Finally!!

    Finally got one for $249.99. Anybody got theirs yet? :banana:
     
  18. bmc1973

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    My wife is bringing it home in a couple of hours (We had it shipped to her workplace). I'll post my early impressions after I run some Steely Dan through it later tonight.
     
  19. johnny ro

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    tripath kaput?

    I read a while ago they filed for bankruptcy, but were unable to pay the independent accountants to do any more work, and could not file FS anymore with SEC. CFO resigned under adark cloud. Their site is half down, no press room, no news releases, the employment page says no openings.

    I would not want to have to buy a new tripath chip for an amp.
     
  20. shrinkboy

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    whatever happens to the company, i doubt the tripath chip is gone.
     

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