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First Watt diy amps

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Anyone ever built or listened to the diy First Watt amps (F5, F4, Aleph) as I'm considering this as an option for a power amp, seems like a lot of amp for the build cost and class a should work nicely with my speakers. Cost is around £400 including case and all components for a F5 (25W into 8 ohms), their passive pre is around £90 to build and is supposed to sound top notch.

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yes i was looking at the first watt pre but the dual volume control put me off

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You could try posting this in the DIY section, those into DIY have more chance of seeing it as the thread won't be on page two in a few hours

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Thanks robster, I've already joined on there but it's a case of asking the converted. All of the reviews are positive and the diy ones, by all accounts can be as good or very close

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I built an Aleph 30 some years ago. I have also tried a couple of Aleph preamps.

I have built many 10s of amps and the Pass stuff is the most dissapointing - very "hifi" sounding i.e. super clarity, holographic imaging etc but somehow rather poor at portraying melodies and rhythms. Must admit I seem to be very much in the minority with this view.

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