I have been asked about the "Price when new" -- these units were about $5000 when they came out in 2004 -- this unit is from 2007. The current retail for a new unit is $8295 from a well know on-line retailer.
You are looking at the legendary EAR (Esoteric Audio Research) 890 tube amp in very good condition as shown by photos. Designed by Tim de Paravicini (please google Tim for specifics on his background), who has worked with famous musician and singer Paul McCartney among others!
If you are seeking a 70 wpc class A, the EAR 890 would be hard to beat. This amp also offers 140 wpc if you prefer mono. Please do a search to learn more about what audio critics think about the EAR 890. No tricky tube biasing, Self Biasing Bliss~!
This Particular amp has been re-tubed but has since seen at most a few hundred hours of use.
- Power: 70 watts per channel “Class A” or 140 watts in monoblock strapping mode.
- Tubes: Four KT 90 Output tubes per channel (eight total!), two ECC85 (6AQ8), two ECC83 (12AX7)
- Inputs: Balanced inputs (transformer-coupled) as well as unbalanced inputs, activated by a toggle switch
- Separate Input level potentiometers for each channel
Shipping will the responsibility of the purchaser, but I do not profit from delivery, its just what is quoted by Fed Ex Ground or UPS Ground. All shipments will include insurance for stated cost.
What the critics think:
*** Winner of The Absolute Sound Golden EAR Award! ***
from Positive Feedback online Issue # 9
"Listening to the Bach Goldberg Variations with Glen Gould on SACD, Gould's humming has never, ever been clearer, and the piano was palpable. If you cherish realistic piano, this SACD played on the 890 is perfection. I heard natural, powerful piano sound between my speakers, with no dryness. I've never heard a piano sound better in my system."
"Do you like air and space? You'll love this amp."
I'm going to wrap this up so you can get on the web and research this
giant-killer amplifier for yourself. It's the best tube amp I have listened to in my
system! It is cost effective, powerful, maximally tuneful, user friendly, and you need
only one chassis. ... It works with inefficient, 4-ohm speakers like the Eidolons, and will
probably power anything on the planet, from horns to electrostats to multi-driver designs,
with musical authority. Plus, any normal audiophile can lift it without dastardly results.
I not only recommend it, I'm buying the review sample to prove to my Positive Feedback
friends that I stand behind my reviews! I highly recommend the E.A.R. 890 amplifier. It is
class A+ in my audiophile domain, and my new tube reference. - Robert H. Levi