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  1. #1
    Join Date: Feb 2010

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    Selling my EAR Yoshino 861 ... regarded by many as the best sounding and certainly one of the more expensive valve amps in the EAR range.

    Reluctantly letting this go to fund the rebuild of my Radford STA100 at Radford Revival where it has now gone for a ground up refurb.

    Truly fantastic amp, Push pull, triode-strapped EL519s, putting out 32w per channel in Class A with massive current capability. Huge output transformers for 32w. Balanced and single ended inputs, input attenuators for in-room channel balance and preamp matching, can be strapped for a 64w monoblock, 4, 8 and 16 ohm taps for flexibility, and pretty cool looks. Not a mark on it, I don’t know how old it is but I’m told it was re-valved in 2013.

    Having owned the EAR V20 and 899 integrateds I would say it's quite a bit more refined than either, with a lovely sweetness to it that belies the punch it also has - a rare combination indeed. (The 509 monoblocks which I've also owned also sound flat by comparison).

    Tons of reviews online - 32w in class a is more than enough to drive my Tannoy HPDs.

    I have the box and packing but would prefer if possible to have it collected or at least a meet-up in M3-M4-M25-A34 sort of area. Looking for 2700.
    Last edited by montesquieu; 06-06-2017 at 12:34.
    Speakers - 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys with custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Preamp - EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII with Ikeda IT345-CR1 and Ortofon 309 Limited tonearms; Cartridges: Miyajima Kansui, Zero Mono 0.7 and Premium 1.0 retipped by Ana Mighty Sound with bamboo cantilever, Ortofon SPU Royal N and SPU Mono GM MkII, GE VX II vintage mono, and Shure M3D with Jico stylus; phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport and RPI2 with HifiBerry Digi+ board, heavily upgraded Audio Note Kit DAC.

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    Happy to consider part-trade of a so long as I can still realise a sensible bit of cash from this - something with valves in obviously

    For those who don't know it the 861 is one of the most highly regarded of the large EAR stable of power amps. The EL519 valve is very high current, so even triode strapped, it can produce 32w. Being a triode amp it has as a wonderful sweet and detailed presentation, while still having a serious punch and bass capability because it runs in pure class A.

    It is known as the sweetest amp in the EAR range and if your speakers or listening habits don't need the 50w+ of the 534 or 70w+ of the 890 it is probably the best option of the lot.
    Speakers - 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys with custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Preamp - EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII with Ikeda IT345-CR1 and Ortofon 309 Limited tonearms; Cartridges: Miyajima Kansui, Zero Mono 0.7 and Premium 1.0 retipped by Ana Mighty Sound with bamboo cantilever, Ortofon SPU Royal N and SPU Mono GM MkII, GE VX II vintage mono, and Shure M3D with Jico stylus; phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport and RPI2 with HifiBerry Digi+ board, heavily upgraded Audio Note Kit DAC.

    'Wer nicht liebt Wein, Weib und Gesang der ist ein Narr sein Leben lang.'

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    Wonderful Amp Tom, GLWTS

    Quote Originally Posted by montesquieu View Post
    Happy to consider part-trade of a so long as I can still realise a sensible bit of cash from this - something with valves in obviously

    For those who don't know it the 861 is one of the most highly regarded of the large EAR stable of power amps. The EL519 valve is very high current, so even triode strapped, it can produce 32w. Being a triode amp it has as a wonderful sweet and detailed presentation, while still having a serious punch and bass capability because it runs in pure class A.

    It is known as the sweetest amp in the EAR range and if your speakers or listening habits don't need the 50w+ of the 534 or 70w+ of the 890 it is probably the best option of the lot.
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    Having lived with quite a few of EAR's power amps over the years (509 monoblocks, 534, 859 and V20), I came to the conclusion that the 861 is TdP's masterpiece ... very happy with mine.

    I'm not a user of electrostatic speakers, but this amp is reckoned by aficiniados to be the perfect match for Quad panel speakers.

    Good price, too ... these are rarely seen on the second-hand market.

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    Thanks Peter .. yes these are pretty rare ....
    Speakers - 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys with custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Preamp - EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII with Ikeda IT345-CR1 and Ortofon 309 Limited tonearms; Cartridges: Miyajima Kansui, Zero Mono 0.7 and Premium 1.0 retipped by Ana Mighty Sound with bamboo cantilever, Ortofon SPU Royal N and SPU Mono GM MkII, GE VX II vintage mono, and Shure M3D with Jico stylus; phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport and RPI2 with HifiBerry Digi+ board, heavily upgraded Audio Note Kit DAC.

    'Wer nicht liebt Wein, Weib und Gesang der ist ein Narr sein Leben lang.'

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    SOLD

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