Heavyweight Amp - underrated and seems undervalued in vintage world - for now
Condition about 7.5 maybe 8 out of 10 for cosmetics, as compared to several other unrestored examples. Solid 8 - 8.5 for how it works and internals. No heavy srcatches or nicks, just not perfect. I tend to rate conservative.
Spent several hundred at a v good tech about a year ago, Serviced and upgraded. New filter caps (the big ones) - see photo of parts. Switched out some output transistors to more modern higher current ones. Power went up from 100 watts stock to 135. I think Motorola, same as used in newer Brystons and other higher end amps. Flows 4 or 5 times the amount of current. Which can be helpful for running 2 sets of speakers, or speakers that are hard to drive, or playing very loud. Does more than add some watts. Some purists may moan and scoff - well, I stand by my ears - and by my tech who knows just a bit more than the average bear. Not all amps can have this upgrade done by the way - depends on the design. Got lucky on this Technics.
Also replaced bunch of other caps, including power/filter caps. This is a good sounding amp. My tech says in his opinion it keeps up to a newer Bryston SST amp - up to same power levels.
Note that to get the "good sound" I claim - you need a decent preamp. Something in the $1000 zone or more. I use either a new Elekit Tu-8500 (for sale by way) - upgraded. Or an old decent but not spectacular condition Audible Illusions Modulus 2. Both tubes. An even better preamp will probably sound even better. The amp is capable of responding. By the way - if you havent yet tried running a good preamp ahead of a decent condition vintage power amp - well you';re missing out. I rarely use my v nice tube monoblocs now. And if you have an integrated vintage amp with pre in/outs - (like the au9900 i just sold) - well try a better preamp and you may be rather pleasantly surprised at what the old iron can do, Pres seem to be weak link.
Really will appeal to the gear head in you - very well built and great guts. Doesnt even have a top case cover - just lets all those good looking internals hang out there. Manly gear, this is.
Nice undeRstated orange lights - factory. Meters and lights all work. Runs 2 sets of speakers, but one side is out on set 2. I will take to my tech next chance. Nicely featured amp. Output level controls too.
Also still have couple of other Technics pieces, from the next series - Slim Line, or Professional. SH-9010 eq and SH-999 rack mount equipment stand. Note that this amp is about 18 in wide, which is too narrow for this stand at 19. I think 19 is the common width. There apparently was a 9600 amp and preamp with wider faceplate at 19 in. This one is not.
Price and value? For what its worth - a US Technics specialist guy sells these - magnificently restored - with all new paint for faceplate and chassis, just terrific pieces. Charges $4000 US for a 9600 amp, same for preamp. Says they have to be repainted and shiny to get that - that good condition stock pieces only half or less. Value here is for the build quality and the sound. Very competetive for the price on both. I have a Sansui Ba-3000 for sale now, and the 2 sound more the same than they do different. Only this one is a few hundred cheaper. Less power granted - but still more than enough for most people.
Cant say for sure, but should prove to be good investment. A bit under the radar at the moment perhaps, but give it some time?
Shipping possible - although the rack will be costly due to size and weight. I know how to package.
In central Alberta.
Can deliver for free to Calgary or Edmonton, on my schedule.
May consider interesting trades for part value.
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Re: Technics SE-9600 power amp. Serviced, Upgraded. V Good build quality & sound
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