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    Default Nikko Alpha 800 amplifier

    This amp is for sale locally. I don't know anything about but it sure looks good. Has anybody ever seen or heard of this model? I tried a google search but came up empty.
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    Nice, vintage amplifier....usually found pretty cheap.

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    Bluebook info:

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    PWR, ALPHA 800 METERS/INVERT POLARITY
    Description:
    Manufacture Years: 1988 - 1991
    Additional Information:
    Power: 250
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    MSRP: $1,300.00
    USED: $318.00
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    Thanks for the info. But what is "invert polarity"?
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    Check out www.AudioKarma.org There are some hard-core Nikko fans over there who sware that Nikko had it's heydey for a short period of time. If it's a good price it might be worth it just to see how it sounds, but I don't think it's anything extraordinary. My impression is it's smiliar to the Kenwoods and Yamahas of the time. Neither of which have ever impressed me.

    Again, if the price is right some experimenting might be in order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeparaski
    Thanks for the info. But what is "invert polarity"?
    It's the same as reversing the + and - terminals on your speakers or amplifier. Some recordings, believe it or not, when transfered to the media were transfered out of phase. This is a way to compensate for it. Adcom pre's and Adcom Dac's all have a "phase invert" switch. On my Dac I've never been able to tell a difference, but then I've never listened very closely while comparing the 2 positions.

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    Did you ever sell it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeparaski View Post
    This amp is for sale locally. I don't know anything about but it sure looks good. Has anybody ever seen or heard of this model? I tried a google search but came up empty.
    Go for it! If it's anything like my Nikko Alpha VI amp, you'll be as pleased as a pig in a poke. My Alpha VI (300w dual mono, 1980) was manuf. by Luxman for Nikko (oodles of power & very musical, nothing harsh or SS about it). I don't have any info on the Alpha 800 but for the price it's worth a shot. Whether Luxman also manuf. that model for Nikko I really don't know.
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    zombie from the past post...
    I am sorry, I have no opinion on the matter. I am sure you do. So, don't mind me, I just want to talk audio and pie.

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    Are you still selling the nikko amplifier

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    Original post date was 2006. Surely it is gone.
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