I thought that the AH380 Black Tulip power amplifier deserves it own thread.
I think we got 4 members here who have one. Clive ,Jerry, Jules and myself. I think it was Jerry who first discovered the amplifier I remember him praising the Amplifier very highly.
At the time I needed to be a bit more careful with money so could only afford the 370 It a nice amplifier in its own right But not in the same league as the 380.
I think this was Philips last attempt to enter the High end market and they did the best they could do to get this right. I think from what I can see it was mainly used in Philips rack systems. Also at the time the British music press was still in the dark ages and totally missed how good this was.
I think everyone who has one mentions just how clean this is. Not a hint of harshness It really does clean and natural highs. But also depth. A shame it never really got the praise it deserves.
If you see one at the right price then grab it. I feel confident you will not regret having one.
I think that the UK press sort of grudgingly admitted that the Black Tulip range was quite good but it was never embraced wholeheartedly. I crossed paths with several bits of it and was always impressed. Never owned any though. I seem to remember the power amps outshining the pres by a fair margin. I always fancied a BT tuner.
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