AkitikA GT-102 power amplifier Specifications

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Description: Class-AB stereo power amplifier with LM3886 power-amplifier integrated circuit, regulated power supply with 10,000µF capacitance. Inputs: 1 pair single-ended (RCA). Outputs: 2 five-way speaker binding posts. Power output: 50Wpc into 8 ohms, nearly 100Wpc into 4 ohms. Frequency response: 5Hz–100kHz, –3dB. Input impedance: 51k ohms. Sensitivity: 1V RMS produces 20.59V RMS output. Slew rate (typical): 14V/µs. Damping factor at 1kHz ref. 8 ohms: >80. Signal/noise: typically 136dB below 50W into 8 ohms, A-weighted.
Dimensions: 15" (380mm) W by 4.5" (115mm) H by 10" (255mm) D. Weight: 15.5 lb (7kg).
Finish: Black.
Serial number of unit reviewed: None.
Prices: Kit: $314 kit; $488 fully assembled, both plus $26 for shipping within the lower 48. Approximate number of dealers: factory direct only. Warranty: Warranty: 1 year, parts.
Manufacturer: AkitikA, LLC. Web: www.akitika.com.

Bogolu Haranath's picture

Goes to show more money can't always buy more happiness ..............

hifiluver's picture

...but for the same money you can buy even better.

Ortofan's picture

... to delete the output coupling capacitor and lower the output impedance?

Jason P Jackson's picture

How could that be? I'm building one.

Oh I see, It's a 1k sine. Still, nice measurements.

Anton's picture

Great glimpse!

trmntr03's picture

I have a DAL Audio 3875 Chip Retro Amp, purchased used (virtually new, though) at Audiogon about 9 months ago at $158 ($350 new then, now at $400 new) for my 2nd system, and I can't be happier. It is build to the order in the U.S. They also make 3886 amp at the same price. Anyway, now I am a firm believer of the well-designed chip amps regardless of the price.

jorgen's picture

Hifiluver can you really?

Ortofan's picture

... for $299 the A-150, which is rated (with both channels driven) at 75 watts RMS per channel into 8 Ohms and 150 watts RMS per channel into 4 Ohms.
For $399, their A-300 is rated (with both channels driven) at 150 watts RMS per channel into 8 Ohms and 300 watts RMS per channel into 4 Ohms.

invaderzim's picture

comparison with those would be great

invaderzim's picture

Herb, you are my new hero for reviewing an amplifier that is sold in kit form.

JRT's picture

Glad to see the review of the kit. Hope to see more like this.

If any reader might be interested in this LM3886 amplifier, I would suggest that they should consider the NeuroChrome line. I am not affiliated with them, only making a suggestion.


thatguy's picture

I'd been looking at the Akitika for about 3 years but kept thinking "it can't be that good".

I'd built a LM3886 based amp that was highly rated before and just wasn't impressed. There wasn't anything wrong with it but I just didn't use it after my initial testing; there wasn't any part of it that drew me into the music with it. I built a TDA7293 that also received praise and it was slightly more enjoyable but nothing great.

I finally just broke down and bought the kit reviewed here and it was fun to build and I really enjoy the sound. I will find myself just sitting and listening to the music; excited to hear the next song and the next....

I probably spent way more on the other chip amps I built from scratch gathering up parts from here and there for them and they never looked as finished as this. They always seemed like bargains when I'd start buying the PCBs and components but then you add the cost of the case, and heatsinks and power supplies and connectors and on and on. By comparison it was great getting everything in one box for one price.

Rbertalotto's picture

Like you, I built tons of Dynaco, Heath and Emco(?) kits when in High School. Built them for myself and anyone that wanted a kit built. My brother in law and I even built a Heathkit TV...But it never worked. I blame my BIL...Terrible with a soldering iron! Anyways, this week I plan on picking up a VTA St120 Dynaco clone tube amplifier kit from Bob Latino...I want to try a tube amplifier in my system. But this under $400 kit has me thinking....Maybe I should just suck it up and do both! Great review...BTW are you aware that there is model for 4 ohm speakers and one for 8 ohm speakers now....Thanks