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Old 12-30-2017, 09:11 PM
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visit this time of year. Well, unless you like to ice fish or snowmobile!
Snowmobile....did you say Snowmobile ? !! I'll be right over !
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What day should I expect you? Make sure you bring your warmest gear, we’re Arctic like this week. Maybe we can catch some fish through the ice while you’re here, nothing beats catching fish while constantly wiping your nose on your sleeves and mittens! And numb toes, they rock!
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Thanks for the invite ... might have to wait for warmer weather though as I'm a cold weather WIMP!!!

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I hadn't really looked before, but one reason could be their idle power consumption - 350w each.

Granted, this is because their design goes up to about 6w in pure class A, but still, 700w for the stereo pair is more power draw than a Pass X350.8 and just below that of a pair of X260.8s.

Surprisingly, the heat sinks aren't at all warm, unlike say the Pass amps I listed above.
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I hadn't really looked before, but one reason could be their idle power consumption - 350w each.

Granted, this is because their design goes up to about 6w in pure class A, but still, 700w for the stereo pair is more power draw than a Pass X350.8 and just below that of a pair of X260.8s.

Surprisingly, the heat sinks aren't at all warm, unlike say the Pass amps I listed above.
Bill, Iím having a(nother) slow moment; which amp are you saying draws 350w idle?
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Karl,

I believe he’s saying each 536 draws 350W on idle while on. Just looked it up and that is correct. I listen to mine many hours per week and haven’t noticed an increase in my power bill so I’m good! :-)

I have to say these are the best sounding amps I’ve ever owned. Needed 200 hours of run in before I reached that conclusion but once I got there I have been totally amazed every time I listen. Also, I changed mine to Normal mode so most of the amp is energized and ready to go all the time. No real noticeable warm up time at all in the normal mode. In the green mode it takes an hour or so to get the same result.

So ... as a response to my own question so many months ago ... no reason I can fathom that several of these sold while so new. Mine will be here for a long time!

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I’ve had mine since they were first released over 2 years ago with no electric bill anomalies. I also don’t find them to be warmer than any other amps.

There’s a guy here in Michigan that sells a lot of new Harman kit on US Audiomart. He’s a Harman employee, and his pricing suggests he is buying at dealer prices. What I’m suggesting is that Harman offers products to insiders who are then listing them for a profit. I believe we were seeing some of that at the time you started this thread.

I’m with you: enamored with and delighted by these amps. I’ve not heard anything better.
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Unfortunately I’ve heard something that as of yet I’ve heard no equal but won’t be in the budget anytime soon ... the dartZeel monoblocks and their pre but for $200k for the package ... my 536s will be here a long time.
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Dartzeel 458... the ultimate
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dartZeel certainly has the reputation of being one of the best. I’ve no doubt there are others that best the No. 536 as well, but like George said, the 536 delivers a lot at its price point. Stretching the budget beyond it is not something I intend to do, partly because it’s so damn pleasing there’s no need to.
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