This has to be one of the most desired Class A amp on the planet. It checks off everything on the wish list – beautiful looks, top class built quality, Class A sound with guts and a fandom that stretches across the globe. Make no mistake, the power output on this amp is as brutish as the muscular outline of the amp. With 125W in 8 ohms, it goes up to 220W in 4 ohms and when used as monoblocks (we have two for sale and WERE previously used as monoblocks), pumps out 400W of Class A magic in 8 ohms and a stunning 730W in 4 ohms. This is an amp that will never run out of steam in any application.
The SA-103 is the ranges’ flagship amp and sits just under their Reference series which costs a whole lot more money. Soundwise, the SA-103 didn’t disappoint and lives up to its hype. Side by side with a pair of Pass Labs XA-100s, the SA-103 has a more detailed top end and a slightly tighter bottom end. The mids were comparable with the Pass Labs sounding a little richer. But if you factor in the 25% advantage in power output and the lower price tag of the SA-103 ($7900 vs $13,000 for the XA-100s), we would choose the SA-103 in a heartbeat. If you intend to get the SA-103 as monoblocks, those advantages widen considerably with twice the power advantage (400W vs 200W) and at almost half the cost of the comparable Pass Labs XA-200s ($16,000 vs $28,000 for the XA-200s). So clearly, the SA-103 did not attain their high desirability amongst audiophiles by puffing out smoke.
As you can see from the pictures, the amp is in near mint condition. One owner from new and from a system that has evolved into six figure setup. We have the original box and will securely pack it for safe shipping.