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PostPosted: 02 Nov 2020, 10:13 
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Has anyone had any first hand experience with the Akitika GT102 amp?

I've seen the reviews where it is compared to $2500 and $5000 amps but I'd rather hear how it compares to similar priced commercial amps like the A-S301 or AXA35 or PMA-600NE.
The reviews against the high dollar amps make it too easy for them to say "It isn't as good but it is a fraction of the price" So I want to hear if it runs circles around similarly priced amps; or if it is similar but just more fun because you get to build it. I'm looking to possibly build it as a gift for someone so to them all that will matter is the final sound quality.

And for that matter how does it compare to the LM3886DR or Rod Elliott's TDA7293 which I've built in the past.


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PostPosted: 14 Nov 2020, 23:42 
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Hopefully, I will be able to answer my own question shortly
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PostPosted: 15 Nov 2020, 15:31 
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I use the Phono stage in a stand alone chassis, it is very good.

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PostPosted: 15 Nov 2020, 16:29 
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I'm listening to it now and am quite impressed. It has a very full yet detailed sound.

I'll have a little bit of disassembly to do as I have a source switch on the way from glassware audio and the optional volume control to add to it.

This is the modern day Heathkit amp. The instructions are quite detailed and very well done. It is so very nice having everything show up in one box. I've built several from scratch amps and there is always some part I forget to order. Also, no matter how good of a buy the circuit boards seem to be on the other DIY projects the cost goes up and up and up way beyond what I think it will as I add heatsinks, power supply, case and on and on.

I will miss it after I box it up and send it to my nephew.


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PostPosted: 16 Nov 2020, 14:02 
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To answer my question from the initial post: it is far more enjoyable to listen to than the other chip amps I've built. It runs circles around the ACA I built years ago and although it has been some time since I heard the M2 clone I built I'd say while it doesn't sound quite as detailed but it has a fuller, warm sound that makes me want to keep listening.

My SE tube amp still wins out but at easily 1/3 the price if I didn't have the tube amp for comparison I could use this as my main amp and be happy. And even then I notice the bass is more defined than with the tube amp.


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PostPosted: 03 Mar 2021, 21:54 
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The 102 is the Audio buy of the year! A nice amp for $350!


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PostPosted: 16 Mar 2021, 12:14 
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As much as I like trying new projects I am getting really close to building another one of these. Having built the first one to be a gift, I really miss it.


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