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REVIEW: Dynaco ST-120 Kit: Wired & Tested Amplifier (Tube)

Model: ST-120 Kit: Wired & Tested
Category: Amplifier (Tube)
Suggested Retail Price: $995.00
Description: Bob Latino built 60 wpc kit: wired and tested
Manufacturer URL: Dynaco

Review by donmiller714@gmail.com on September 26, 2015 at 08:31:35
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Bought the VTA ST-120 kit with attenuator and Russian cap upgrade. The assembly instructions are very comprehensive, complete and easy to understand. This was only my second kit and I had no trouble putting it together from the instructions. The parts were all very high quality (vs. the first kit I bought online) and the parts layout was easy to understand. But that's not the best part of this kit.

The best part was the service after the sale. You see, I didn't exactly put my kit together correctly despite the instructions (follow them to the letter and in sequence is my advice there). It turns out that I'd soldered one wire to the wrong lead, causing a loud hum in one channel and some real smoke during the "smoke test". I spent a Sunday online during Labor Day weekend with Bob Latino trying to diagnose the problem. We exchanged over a dozen emails with pictures and videos. At every step Bob was gracious and informative in helping a newbie (me) get my project working. When it was clear that I needed to get someone to physically look at the amp, Bob referred me to Troy Madden for repair. There again, Troy found the problem quickly and turned the job around within a day or so of receiving my amp. The repair service was much less expensive than if I'd taken it locally too. In addition, Troy added a mod to help protect the rectifier.

When I got my amp back it worked perfectly. The amp itself sounds amazing! Super quiet with zero hum/hiss. Definitely worth every penny! I highly recommend this kit not only for its quality but for the people that stand behind their product. Thanks Guys!!!

Product Weakness: None I'm aware of
Product Strengths: Sound, parts, ease of construction

Associated Equipment for this Review:

Amplifier: VTA ST-120
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): None
Sources (CDP/Turntable): IPhone 6
Speakers: Polk RTi A9
Cables/Interconnects: wired
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz, vocals, rock
Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner

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Topic - REVIEW: Dynaco ST-120 Kit: Wired & Tested Amplifier (Tube) - donmiller714@gmail.com 08:31:35 09/26/15 (12)


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