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5 Amps That Cost More Than Your House

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Just hearing the word audiophile can be enough to make wallets tremble in fear, and if you dig deep enough you can easily find some gear that reaches astronomical prices. The sheer variety of uber-high-end gear is quite shocking, ranging from amps that look like spaceships to amps that look like they are 100 yrs old, the common factor between all of them being wallet busting prices and goosebump-inducing audio quality.
*Note: Prices are in USD, but at these rates, it hardly matters!

1. Pivetta Opera Only - $2,200,000
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The Pivetta Opera Only is a truly ridiculous piece of gear. Part amplifier, part computer, part modern art, it is an engineering masterwork. The amp is also massive, it’s not something you’ll be placing under your TV, in fact it’s more likely you’ll have to give it a room all to itself. The asking price? Just a cool $2.2 million. If that is just slightly over budget check out the Pivetta Opera One for $650,000.
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Here's the amp in action. No touchy .
Link: www.onlycreative.it/opera-only

2. Ultrasound Otello - $600,000
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The Ultrasound Otello is not cheap at $600,000, but it is truly an engineering marvel. Thermionic tubes, and OTL with 6 transformers with adjustable polarization, with zero feedback.
Link: http://ultrasound-hifi.com/Us_wh_1/main_frame_en.html

3. Rike Audio Edzard - $490,000
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Rike Audio, a German manufacturer of high end audio products and capacitors, designed and manufactures the absolutely gorgeous Edzard monoblocks. Not only is the price astronomical at $490,000, the power supply for each block weighs an incredible 440 lbs!
Link: www.monoandstereo.com/2014/03/rike-audio-edzard-490k.html


4. Ether Audio Abbssolute Intuition - $380,000
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The Abbssolute Intuition is handmade in Bulgaria. Each Monoblock is 4 ½ feet tall and weighs nearly 900 lbs! They use Russian GM100 tubes with pure tungsten cathodes that are the largest tubes ever made for audio, making the monoblocks look like something Nikola Tesla would have invented. The price? $380,000.
Link: www.etheraudio.net/abbssolute-intuition-by-etheraudio/


5. Goldmund Telos 5000+ - $375,000
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The Goldmund Telos 5000+ is a limited edition amplifier that has an insane 5,000 watts of class-A power. The specs claim a THD of 0.0005% and frequency response of 0 Hz to 300,000 Hz, the higher frequencies being far outside of human perception. But why not make a modern marvel of audio engineering instead of just limiting yourself just to mere mortal human perception? At just $375,000 you can not only get pristine audio and massive power, but also the satisfaction of knowing you own an amp that you’ll never be able hear everything it is capable of.
Link: www.coolthings.com/goldmund-telos-5000-monster-amplifier-at-a-monster-price/

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k5davey
2
Mar 26, 2021
If you live in Southern California like me, only the $2.2M amps cost more than most houses around here.
DJAT
295
Jun 25, 2018
Good for me. An amp should NEVER cost me more than my house just as my underwear should never cost me more than my car.
Let's go back to being normal. Now where's my Edifiers?
Teeblackgold97
19
Jun 14, 2018
Can't wait to play USSR anthem on them with max volume.
Duncan
3709
Jun 14, 2018
Cokeman
1976
Jun 14, 2018
That $2.2M Amp only pushes 24W to speakers?
Duncan
3709
Jun 14, 2018
Dude, I was JUST thinking about that! hahahaha
Would knock my entire block off the grid.
haacosta
1
Mar 26, 2021
Well in their site says: It is capable of producing an awe-inspiring 120kW(30kW class A) 30kW 30000W 😅
oldgearhead
235
Jun 8, 2018
Hmmmm. I don't see the usual "it is cheaper on Amazon" snark.
Duncan
3709
Jun 14, 2018
oldgearhead
235
Jun 8, 2018
MY TUBA!!!!!! I knew someone stole it.
muggles
28
May 31, 2018
They're nice, but can they power a pair of TR50p's?? Probably not.
legion.1
7
May 28, 2018
I have paid and, paid handsomely but I have not received my Pivetta Opera One. Please expedite!
TheLennipede
12
May 28, 2018
Should I get some beats by Dre for these? They’re really expensive headphones!
Oldoiler
138
May 31, 2018
Sir, I would go with Blows, cough, cough, excuse me, I meant Bose.
Rhamnetin
176
May 28, 2018
I wonder how many of these are crap
Harvey308
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Sep 11, 2021
That depends on how you define crap.
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