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Quality Monoblock Amps from Thailand? Anyone know who makes these?

Hi, I'm a home recordist. I have some studio reference monitors that are pretty darn good but are a 2.1 system. I haven't really had a viable studio in quite a few years, but am trying to put one together since moving to Thailand.
Someone I can no longer get in touch with, bought some Audiophile quality monoblock preamps made here under the management of a guy from the US, I believe. Does anyone know about these, this guy, or how to get in touch with him?
I have 6 nice Spica TC-60 speakers, and a BagEnd Infrasub 18 sub. I would like to put a 5.1 or 6.1 system together, and need amps. I had a great sounding system with two Spicas and the BagEnd, Before leaving the US I bought 4 more Spicas. While it was a 2.1 system then, I had a Audio by Van Alstine which was a reworked Hafler. Something called a Transcendence II or something like that (sorry it's buried in storage and I can't remember the exact name) I doubt I could get 2 more of these, so I'm looking for a good - to great - set of amps to use here in Thailand. If anyone knows anything please let me know. Thanks - Buzz

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Re: Quality Monoblock Amps from Thailand? Anyone know who makes

Go to www.audiogon.com and browse around in the amplifiers for sale. Maybe that'll jog your memory and, with a little luck, you may find what you want for sale.

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Thanks Dave, I had a look at the site, but there's no memory to jog. I only know that there's a guy (I believe an American) who has monoblock amps that he's designed that he has manufactured here in Thailand, but they're for export and not available here (generally). Just thought someone might know of something that fit this description. I know the guy that bought them was able to get a great price on them because there was no export involved.

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Re: Quality Monoblock Amps from Thailand? Anyone know who makes

The only Thai company i know who makes amps,is SAC.
Try sacthailand.com

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Re: Quality Monoblock Amps from Thailand? Anyone know who makes

I know of Norh who are pretty famous for their speakers and mono block amps. Lots of great reviews at www.tnt-audio.com.

Norh is mono blocks

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Re: Quality Monoblock Amps from Thailand? Anyone know who makes

I thank you for the leads. One thing that has been on my mind for years, and probably deserves a separate post is this: In studio work the emphasis is on accuracy. I have a BlueSky 2.1 Powered system I actually like a lot. But when I was using 2 Spica TC-60 speakers with a 400w BagEnd Infrasub 18 (turned all the way up to about 1.5 out of 10), together with the Van Alstine reworked Hafler, it was a really good system, and the mixes did fine when played on others' systems. I've never discussed this, but would like the Audiophile's perspective. Shouldn't studio work be done on the cleanest Solid-State equipment possible - not tubes? Because the 'coloration' while all warm and nice, will not (I think) play as well on anyone but the audiophile's system. Whadayathink?
Sorry - I forgot - My Spicas are rated at 60w continuous 120w peak. They are famous for not handling high "rock the neighborhood" volumes. What range of wattage should I be looking for in an amp? - Thankyouverymuch!

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Re: Quality Monoblock Amps from Thailand? Anyone know who makes

The Spicas with a BagEnd would be a great system. Good classic equipment (and the BagEnd is still available!).

You must miss the low end of the BagEnd when mixing with the BlueSky system (great value in inexpensive compact monitors.)

As you know, what matters with a mix is its ability to translate well to all other systems. Good mixes have been made on just about every type of equipment available.

However, at least from what I have seen, at the highest levels of mastering the amplification is solid state. Pass Labs are common, as are other high end amps. From speaking with engineers this is as much of a function of cooler running, less change with time (tubes need to be replaced and biased) and other practical considerations as much as sound. Expensive tube amps will also do the job, but are simply not as practical - especially if you are mastering or mixing a 5.1 mix - imagine the heat!

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The BagEnd AND the Spica TC-60's indeed made a great system. As I mentioned it was a 2.1 system, and I haven't used it because I haven't settled anywhere since 2000. I would love to set it up as a 6.1 or 5.1 system, but am lacking the 6 (or 5) amps. If I did that I might be able to turn the BagEnd all the way up from about 1.5 to 2.5. I'm not joking a bit when I said I turned up the volume on it only to 1.5, in fact, maybe only 1. That thing kicks! I either need some more amps, or - hate to say it - sell this potentially great audiophile system (probably at a huge monetary loss). I'm in Thailand, and am having a hard time finding a house I can convert to a studio, so I could simplify and just use the BlueSky's. (BTW I have had occasion to turn up the BlueSky sub to 10 and the speakers too. They're great, but not the level of the BagEnd + Spicas. My latest deal is figuring out how to protect my equipment against the electricity on Ko Samui island. I need some rather expensive APC UPS units. I've seen voltage fluctuations here - where 220 is standard - from a low of 58v to a high of 410v. Yikes!
I have to be very careful mixing with a subwoofer. Listening to your mix with it cranked up can be really cool - but you can't mix like that. The sub has to be turned way down or you get a mix that plays on other peoples system, and you wonder... where did the bass go?

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