Have your say & ask the experts!

Chinese made Class A tube amplifiers

24 replies [Last post]
benjaminlross's picture
Offline
Joined: 20 Oct 2009
Posts: 33

Has anybody had any experience with Chinese made Class A tube amplifiers, such as the YAQUIN 10L MC-10T? Available for about £250, I wonder how it sounds. A similar unit is reviewed well here, http://hificollector.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/update-tube-integrated-ampli...

floyd droid's picture
Offline
Joined: 5 Sep 2008
Posts: 2665
RE: Chinese made Class A tube amplifiers

Tread carefully here Benjamin. A lot of these Chinese grey imports are optimised for 220 volts and tend to go phut pretty quickly. So wadayado , send it back to China at vast expense, get it repaired here at vast expense, or save your pennys for a reliable valve amp with a years warranty from a dealer ?.

 

Trust me for 250 quid it will be rubbish and/or end up in the skip.

Overdose's picture
Offline
Joined: 8 Feb 2008
Posts: 3135
RE: Chinese made Class A tube amplifiers

floyd droid wrote:

Tread carefully here Benjamin. A lot of these Chinese grey imports are optimised for 220 volts and tend to go phut pretty quickly. So wadayado , send it back to China at vast expense, get it repaired here at vast expense, or save your pennys for a reliable valve amp with a years warranty from a dealer ?.

Fair enough advice, if a little pessimistic.

You could use a 240/220V stepdown transformer though if you really want to try the Chinese amp.

 

__________________

Mac mini > AVI ADM9Ts

hoopsontoast's picture
Offline
Joined: 1 Oct 2011
Posts: 854
RE: Chinese made Class A tube amplifiers

Just buy something originally designed for the UK, available on the  second hand market. Plenty of Icon Audio, Audio Innovations and other valve amps can be had for that sort of price.

__________________

Main System: Michell Gyrodec SE / RB300 / 2M Blue  | Sony DVP-S9000ES | Rega Brio-R | ATC SCM10

Other Bits: Keesonic Kolt | Decware Zen

Hoops Stuff

rob100's picture
Offline
Joined: 26 Jun 2010
Posts: 29
RE: Chinese made Class A tube amplifiers

Don't forget to budget for customs duties (prob 2% on total price) and also import VAT (20% on total price + Customs duty) and also an admin fee by the frieght company (between £8 - £15 depending on company)

 

I've read on another forum that the buyer contacted the manufacturer and asked for the transformer to be suitable for 240v rather than 220v, the manufacturer oblidged but it took a bit longer to be delivered.

floyd droid's picture
Offline
Joined: 5 Sep 2008
Posts: 2665
RE: Chinese made Class A tube amplifiers

Overdose wrote:

You could use a 240/220V stepdown transformer though if you really want to try the Chinese amp.

 

Indeed he could and like I didnt know that. But sorry I really wouldnt go down that route. Another thing they do is wang em up to full optimum output for the valves which isnt a great idea either. Actually Im with Hoops on this subject, If you dont want to spend vast amounts go second hand.

CnoEvil's picture
Offline
Joined: 21 Aug 2009
Posts: 11415
RE: Chinese made Class A tube amplifiers

I agree with F.Droid Esq (and all).....it could end up costing you more than doing the thing correctly in the first place. As a starter, look to Cayin, Icon Audio, Unison Research and Puresound.

__________________

"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again."  André Gide

floyd droid's picture
Offline
Joined: 5 Sep 2008
Posts: 2665
RE: Chinese made Class A tube amplifiers

@Rob100. Do some more trawling and you will find cases of them blowing up /catching fire and other horror stories. 

Overdose's picture
Offline
Joined: 8 Feb 2008
Posts: 3135
RE: Chinese made Class A tube amplifiers

floyd droid wrote:

@Rob100. Do some more trawling and you will find cases of them blowing up /catching fire and other horror stories. 

I'm sure he would find problems, as well as great reviews. I think a little balance is needed, don't you?

__________________

Mac mini > AVI ADM9Ts

Overdose's picture
Offline
Joined: 8 Feb 2008
Posts: 3135
RE: Chinese made Class A tube amplifiers

floyd droid wrote:

Overdose wrote:

You could use a 240/220V stepdown transformer though if you really want to try the Chinese amp.

 

Indeed he could and like I didnt know that.

Comment was for the OP, but if you knew, why not give the information to the OP?

The guy was looking for suggestions after all.

__________________

Mac mini > AVI ADM9Ts

CnoEvil's picture
Offline
Joined: 21 Aug 2009
Posts: 11415
RE: Chinese made Class A tube amplifiers

Overdose wrote:

floyd droid wrote:

@Rob100. Do some more trawling and you will find cases of them blowing up /catching fire and other horror stories. 

I'm sure he would find problems, as well as great reviews. I think a little balance is needed, don't you?

Why take the risk, when reasonable value can be had at home, and with proper warranty, support and back up.

__________________

"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again."  André Gide

Overdose's picture
Offline
Joined: 8 Feb 2008
Posts: 3135
RE: Chinese made Class A tube amplifiers

Risks need to be assessed and put into perspective, the risk will also be related to cost I suppose.

I have no idea how much the cheapest comparable valve amps would be in the UK, but that warranty and support won't come cheap. It might even be cheaper to buy two of these amps, than one UK model for all I know.

Anyhow, the OP was after some actual feedback rather than anecdotal evidence, which is all he's had so far and I'm not a valve man, so over to the OP, I'm out.

__________________

Mac mini > AVI ADM9Ts

harrisonp's picture
Offline
Joined: 10 Jul 2010
Posts: 21
RE: Chinese made Class A tube amplifiers

Could look at secondhand American - Jolida valve amp. (£250.00 - £ 300.00) used.

If you can find one over here it won't disappoint, great mids and excellent build quility.

 

PHJ

floyd droid's picture
Offline
Joined: 5 Sep 2008
Posts: 2665
RE: Chinese made Class A tube amplifiers

Overdose wrote:

Indeed he could and like I didnt know that.

Comment was for the OP, but if you knew, why not give the information to the OP?

The guy was looking for suggestions after all.

Whoops a daisy sorry about that. I suggested that he does not go down that route so what was the point ?.

fatman's picture
Offline
Joined: 11 Nov 2007
Posts: 143
RE: Chinese made Class A tube amplifiers

Overdose.  People that are commenting on this thread are 'valve men' and the OP would do well to take heed of their advice. 

Just sayin'.

rob100's picture
Offline
Joined: 26 Jun 2010
Posts: 29
RE: Chinese made Class A tube amplifiers

floyd droid wrote:

@Rob100. Do some more trawling and you will find cases of them blowing up /catching fire and other horror stories. 

 

Thanks for the advice - greatly appreciated   good job

 

As the OP was asking if anybody had any experience with Chines made Class A tube amplifiers, I'm guessing your answer is "no".

I haven't either, but I'd like to think my post was a little more helpful.  Yes there are some horror stories, but there are also many satisfied customers.