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TEAC A-H500

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Has anyone had any experience with the TEAC A-H500 amplifier?
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And the question is....

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Originally Posted by perplex
Has anyone had any experience with the TEAC A-H500 amplifier?
I have one. (Office rig)...

Amicalement
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how does it compare to other amps?
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Originally Posted by perplex
how does it compare to other amps?
Dont know about the others presently at this current level of price but I can offer you this:

For general evaluation like this one there a few others on the net and they are usually very good: http://www.audioreview.com/Amplifier...0_1583crx.aspx

For my personal evaluation : I bought this amp with the H-500 system few years ago and was motivated by :

1) Design (sorry it's me I have always design as my first priority)
2) Sound quality
3) Durability

I have now much better gear in another room but, as usual, it cost so much more...

Finally, the audio shop guy add a significant bonus for someone who loves cans: he said that the headphone jack was very, very good.
He was right...

Amicalement
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lol i have the Teac H-550 system, A/V receiever and DVD player, i love the looks. This is why I was interested in the accompanying amplifier, just wondering what the sound quality is like though compared to competitors with similar price.
pretty old gear lol :] love the looks like you though
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Finally, the audio shop guy add a significant bonus for someone who loves cans: he said that the headphone jack was very, very good.
He was right...

Amicalement
I have to add my vote to this thread.
I picked up this TEAC amplifier for my office and have really been blown away by the headphone stage.
I never intended to use it for my cans but it's currently competing with myFubar/cute beyond combo and giving them a really good run for their money.
I'm feeding both from a TEAC DV-H350 passed through an Entech 205.2 and a splitter and I'm having a hard time figuring out which one I prefer.
The CD direct mode is handy too and it does a dandy job of powering my Musical Fidelity MC-2s.
For the money I paid on Ebay, I couldn't be happier.
I suspect that for a number of head-fiers, this amp would do yeoman's duty as an amp for both speakers and headphones, and would negate the need for any other headphone specific amplifier.
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Up from the depths 30,000 feet deep, its time for a resurrection.  

 

Mainly because I picked one of these up for a bedroom speaker system for £90 and the headphone out was a real surprise its a true little gem and the build quality is just top notch remote control to boot! It will leave many headamps I have seen wanting. Its also very competent with my HD650 and Beyer T1's I'm currently running a hot rodded BH Crack  

 

I forgot to mention how gorgeous it is and yes it is a all metal facia even the dials.

 

 


Edited by JamieMcC - 5/29/14 at 4:37pm
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Back from the depths again!! One of the babies came up on Gumtree with matching CD player and tuner for £70. I lucked out this time. Phenomenal symmetrical dual mono internal design. Oozes power, clean, linear and fantastically revealing. But the biggest treat of all is its headphone stage. I'm feeding mine from an Audiolab M-DAC via phono cables and this sounds better. So much more presence and body. Cans are middling but decent Senns HD558's. The photo shows the Teac H-A500i set up with a Nuforce udac2 being fed lossless HD audio from a hard drive thru vlc in my classroom. I hope to persuade the school network guys to install a more audiophile software front end. Anyway, keep an eye out for this one. Quite brilliant, particularly at the price I paid for it.

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Congrats you bagged yourself a sweet deal there the amp is a bit of audio bargain in my humble opinion there seem to be a good supply of used units around and I'm quiet surprised they do not get mentioned more here.  Considering they not only sound great but just ooze quality and have a host of features like balance, treble. bass and cd direct which are rarely found on head amps.

 

PS I had to look a long way down my subscription list to identify the unread post :smile:  

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