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Posted by Arsenio on December 09, 2004 at 15:34:48:
In Reply to: Re: Upgrade from AU-317 to AU-519 posted by Sten on December 09, 2004 at 07:21:55:
: : Is there any real reason to upgrade
: : from my current AU-317 to AU-519?
: : I'm happy with my 317, but if sound and
: : quality of 519 is really better...
: Hi Jarek
: AU-317 sounds good as well as AU-317 II but
: AU-519 is an Amp belonging to the famous xx9 series. The big brother AU-919 has a reputation to be one of the best sounding amps during 70īs and itīs Tuner TU-919 to be one of the best in the world.See ranking up to 12 from http://www.fmtunerinfo.com/shootouts.html
: Rankings after Shootout #74:
: 1 PLUS: -C- Accuphase T-109V - Very natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound, smooth extended highs.
: 1: -C- Kenwood L-02T - Most natural sound, good bass. Pinpoint imaging. Lifelike, three-dimensional sound.
: 2: -C- Sansui TU-919 - The prince who could be king.
: 3: -C- Sansui TU-X1 - Very good sound top to bottom. Big soundstage, three-dimensional. Very slight diffuse sound.
: 4: -C- Audiolab 8000T - Good bass, natural but diffuse sound, sweet extended highs.
: 5: -C- Philips AH6731 - A very natural, neutral sound. Stereo separation best with a good signal.
: 6: -C- Revox B760 - Great bass, lifelike midrange and extended highs.
: 7: -M- Kenwood KT-5020 - Great bass and midrange and extended, sweet treble. Again, why pay more?
: 8: -M- Kenwood KT-990D - Smooth, clean sound that always pleased. Why pay more?
: 9: -M- Meridian Model 104 - Excellent, natural sound, good bass, no to DX games.
: 10: -M- Meridian Model 504 - Good bass, excellent midrange with smooth, just-right highs.
: 11: -M- Kenwood L-1000T - Good bass, punchy midrange, sweet extended highs.
: 12: -M- Sansui TU-X701 - Great-sounding midrange, bass OK, softer highs next to the L-02T.
Your listing is very nice and very informative!!
Just want to add information on AU-xx9 series (DD/DC), Here is our observation:
1. AU-919 sounds GREAT! very well define/natural especially on background instruments, it's like perfect but no loudness switch to compensate on higher bass and highs at low volume.
2. AU-819 very near to 919 and has a loudness switch, with clear and sweet highs, natural soft bass but slightly lower to 519 bass, more on equalizer adjustment if needed.
3. AU-519 bass is soft solid punch we feel real on drums and good highs even at low volume but not as define as the 919/819 but the use of equalizer (SE-7 one of the best model) gets nearer to it, one thing it's only 70 Watts rms per channel during gathering we hook to BA-2000 for more drive (hope it's a BA-5000!).
4. AU-xx7 (85 watts) my first sansui, but I prefer to use the DD/DC series, this unit is also good and powerful.
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