Nelson Pass Aleph J

+1 for the aleph j. i have a diy-built (not by me) "clone" of the aleph j. its incredible. esp for the cost. if your speakers can work on the power this amp puts out - it could be your forever amp. its a solid state amp that tube amp lovers can love. and being the class a amp it is - when its on, it runs hot.
 

opa1

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Ok. Have I said this amp is great? I've been using the amp for a few weeks now. I will say that this is the best solid state amp I've ever owned. It is exactly what I was hoping for. Would I recommend it? You bet. It delivers the goods.

I tried a FX-01 tube pre with it last week. The gain was way too much for the Aleph. It did slightly change the character.(not for the better) The FX is now out of the chain. Anybody need one? :)

So the setup at this time is Tidal, Topping D30 DAC, Schiit SYS passive pre, Aleph J, CGR/10p speakers. The combo is very good. I'm more than content. I don't see any reason to upgrade a thing. Except maybe a Dave Slagle pre. :)
 

StevenZ

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Ok. Have I said this amp is great? I've been using the amp for a few weeks now. I will say that this is the best solid state amp I've ever owned. It is exactly what I was hoping for. Would I recommend it? You bet. It delivers the goods.

I tried a FX-01 tube pre with it last week. The gain was way too much for the Aleph. It did slightly change the character.(not for the better) The FX is now out of the chain. Anybody need one? :)

So the setup at this time is Tidal, Topping D30 DAC, Schiit SYS passive pre, Aleph J, CGR/10p speakers. The combo is very good. I'm more than content. I don't see any reason to upgrade a thing. Except maybe a Dave Slagle pre. :)
Awesome! And if that Schiit Sys is enough, you definitely need the Slagle.
 

StevenZ

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I was able to briefly listen to this amp in @opa1 's stereo today and I was REALLY impressed. So much so that I came back to the office and immediately started looking at the possibility of buying all the parts for my own... only to see you can't really buy them anymore. PCBs out of stock. Toshiba chips unobtainium. Shame... this was one of those very special amps that I'd love to own one day and unfortunately buying a real-deal Firstwatt just isn't in the cards.

If you guys ever get a chance to listen to one of these, go for it. It's crazy good.
 

marantzfan

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The parts for the Aleph J go in and out of stock quite frequently. You can even put your email down so that they can notify you when parts are in stock.

It took me about two months of waiting for them to become available one by one...

So, don’t give up just yet @StevenZ
 
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