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Old 09-06-2012, 12:29 PM
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TIMES ONE amp??? any info

I just picked up a massive, fan cooled, dual mono solid state amp. RCA and XLR. Brought it up on a variac over the course of four hours and it works fine.

Aside from some French printing on the back (Risque De Choc!!!) there is no info about the amp. It says Times One on the faceplate. Transformers made by Lazara Electronics, LTD. in Montreal, Quebec.

Any of you audio nuts know anything about this 70 lb. (+-) beast?

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Old 09-06-2012, 01:38 PM
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It.. uh.. certainly looks impressive
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:16 PM
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Pretty interesting pro amp. I'm guessing it's a Canadian company, the transformer manufacturer has an internet history, but not for Times One. Better pics of the badge and print on the back might help.
BTW, does it work?
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:39 AM
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Yes, it is Canadian. There is nothing on the back that gives information about its manufacture, other than some french/English labels, and as I said in the original posting, the amp works fine. Here's more pix
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:53 AM
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Risque De Choc=Shock Hazard
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:14 PM
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Sans blague?
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:02 PM
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Got a better pic of the CSA sticker?
http://directories.csa-international.org/
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Old 09-08-2012, 04:13 AM
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Old 09-08-2012, 02:51 PM
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Risque De Choc=Shock Hazard
You mean that it isn't about ribald chocolates?
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I just picked up a massive, fan cooled, dual mono solid state amp...Any of you audio nuts know anything about this 70 lb. (+-) beast?
I know a little about it. Times One Instruments was run by a very creative electrical engineer named Brahm Segal. I met him in about 1997 in connection with another (non-audio) business he was starting. He was living in Los Angeles when I met him, and I recall he said he previously lived in Canada.

He showed me one of the audio amplifiers he was building at the time, which he sold to professional recording studios. They were similarly massive to the one in your photos, but a more modern design and more neatly and elegantly constructed. The front panel was made of a slab of stone, maybe black marble or onyx. Whatever its performance, it was very impressive just to look at.

I got the impression that Times One was a very small company. I suspect Brahm built the amps himself. I haven't heard of him or his company in many years. You have a collector's item built by a designer-craftsman.

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I just picked up a massive, fan cooled, dual mono solid state amp...Any of you audio nuts know anything about this 70 lb. (+-) beast?
I know a little about it. Times One Instruments was run by a very creative electrical engineer named Brahm Segal. I met him in about 1997 in connection with another (non-audio) business he was starting. He was living in Los Angeles when I met him, and I recall he said he previously lived in Canada.

He showed me one of the audio amplifiers he was building at the time, which he sold to professional recording studios. They were similarly massive to the one in your photos, but a more modern design and more neatly and elegantly constructed. The front panel was made of a slab of stone, maybe black marble or onyx. Whatever its performance, it was very impressive just to look at.

I got the impression that Times One was a very small company. I suspect Brahm built the amps himself. I haven't heard of him or his company in many years. You have a collector's item built by a designer-craftsman.

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Wow. An echo, two hours apart. Longest echo I've ever heard of.

Great first and second post Maurice.
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times one

Looks like a dual mono design to me. 2 power supplies and caps.
How much / channel?

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I'll try to post only once this time!

Here is a link to some patents by Brahm. These are 1980s vintage and are now long expired, and show address in Montreal.

http://patents.justia.com/inventor/brahm-r-segal
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I`d like to share some experiences with Brahm Segal and that particular amplifier back in the early 1980s.
Times One was essentially a re-badged Proximity model 500 amp produced in Montreal in the mid to late `70s by Kairon Electronics that rose up from the ashes following Kairons demise. Brahm was indeed the designer of the amp but I`m unsure of what position he held at Kairon.

I had the misfortune of owning a Times One amp that I used to drive the LF section of a triamped PA system. Rated at 250 and 400 wpc, 8/4 ohms respectively, it sounded decent enough... when it worked. Mine went Supernova in a way a Phase Linear would have been proud of, in the middle of nowhere one night taking out all the cones with it
Traded that POS in for a DC-300a and lived happily ever after. Brahm submitted samples of that amp to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for evaluation but they were quickly rejected due to high frequency oscillation issues and a generally poor design. They eventually settled on Bryston, smart move.

I came across those amps once in a Poughkeepsie NY nightclub powering a bizarre horn loaded speaker system (Conk?) that Brahm Segal was associated with. That experience was uneventful so maybe the design was tweaked.
If I`m not mistaken, member Anatech has had the pleasure of working on these amps.
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