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  1. My calculations say this amp could use 100A at 110V just by being on at full swing (since it’s a class-A amplifier). So not only is at the price of a house, it has the power consumption of a laundromat.

  2. OK, did they drop a decimal point, or are they figuring that they’ll make one sale and then go find something else to sell the same sucker?

  3. One more of the near infinite reasons I hate the rich. They have to invent useless crap to throw away their money on. Economic downturn my tuchis! Damn the poor, full wasteful spending ahead! Where’s my monocle?

  4. The most expensive amp I’ve ever seen but not the only one in the 6 figure bracket. FWIW, not all of Goldmund’s stuff is astronomically expensive and they have a reputation for great quality so this is not some one-off piece of idiocy.

  5. To Wil9000 and the other “eat the rich” types, this does not destroy value. That ridiculous amount of money is going to pay the wages of the people who make this, who will probably spend it on something much more sensible. Of course, it’s better to buy an amplifier a hundredth the price and give the rest to charity, but it’s not like they’re flushing the cash down the toilet. I would prefer people who can afford this to buy it rather than letting the $189600 sit in a bank account.

    Also, if you were a rock star who had this much money and had the ability to appreciate the sound, can you really say you wouldn’t be tempted?

  6. So, basically the consensus here is that it is foolish and vainglorious to reach for superlatives? That attempting to bring together the very best known solutions to a particular problem is excessively decadent, and really nothing more than a sign of economic oppression?
    Since this is obviously the case, does anyone want to join me in signing a petition to have the US government abolish NASA. I, like most people have to make due with dinky model rocket kits, while they get to spend billions on the real thing. Its so not fair that everyone on the planet can’t share the experience of getting to travel to space, and obviously, anything that can’t be cheaply mass produced for billions of people is a total waste of time and money.

  7. To be honest, this at least is actually worth the money, and not some crazy wooden-knob-audiophile stuff. It’s expensive because everything required to perform the task at hand is pretty hard to manufacture.

  8. Remember, this is a MONO amplifier. You need TWO. (Or SIX for your home theatre.*)

    * – OK, not really. You can scale back to the Telos 1000 for the left and right rear channels with almost no degradation.

  9. Not that it reflects in any way on the quality of this amp, or whether (hehehe) it’s worth (heeheehahaha) the money (hoooboy), but – the best sounding home amp I’ve ever had is a little 3W per channel kit I got for $16 from KitsRUs. I built it a little while ago, after our ridiculous great Sony home theatre Dolby(tm) surround mega-option-packed amp conked out. The thing is powered from a 12V wall-wart, and is cased in a little wicker box with holes cut in the back for power, RCA, and speaker jacks.

    It was a small revelation to hear how much clearer the sound was when it was fed through nothing more than a good-quality low-distortion opamp and a minimum of passive components. All the gazillion features were doing was muddying up the sound. Of course, 3W per channel is not going to fill a concert hall anytime soon, but it reaches the kitchen just fine from the front room.

  10. This strikes me as something for use in reference monitoring situations, like a mastering studio or theater. In other words, this is probably meant as a professional’s crafting tool and not just some toy.

  11. Yes, you need two of these, and each one is capable of producing 252A of instantaneous current. But I guess if you can afford close to $00K of amplifiers, you can afford the electrician’s bill to support them.

    But according to the brochure, all 20 pairs that were made are already spoken for.

  12. this is probably meant as a professional’s crafting tool and not just some toy.

    No, professionals don’t fall for overpriced hype. Pro gear is pricier than consumer gear, but typically by a factor of 2 to 10, not 1000.

    This is a product for people who have more money than knowledge.

  13. This is a product for people who have more money than knowledge.

    I would think it would be more like people with money than sense.
    I’m absolutely certain in my knowledge that this thing sounds good enough to make angels weep with joy based on the component description I read. However, I am too sensible to mortgage my house and car and my immortal soul to buy one since its just a freaking monophonic amplifier and I don’t need an amp that sounds $189,500 better than the one I have.

  14. “this amp could use 100A at 110V just by being on at full swing”

    And you have to leave it on ALL THE TIME or warm it up for at least two days before listening, lest you should offend your ears by listening to the signal cold.

  15. I’d like to see blind consumer testing with products such as this to see if anyone can tell the difference between this amplifier and cheaper ones. I’ve seen many an expert of various products (wine, whiskey, tea) unable to determine which products are more expensive or “better quality” than others. The expectation effect is alive and well in product marketing.

  16. I’m absolutely certain in my knowledge that this thing sounds good enough to make angels weep with joy based on the component description I read.

    I’m not certain at all. In fact, I’m unconvinced that you or I or anyone else would be able to hear the difference in a double blind listening test.

    But it does appear that the marketing worked it’s magic on you. At least that is effective.

  17. Also the damn thing weighs 260 kilos and is the size of a small refrigerator.

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