I still have my Nakamichi TA-3 from the late 80’s on a second system. Still sounds great. Originally it was driving some Heresy’s, I think the Naks play well with Klipsch.
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😊 I agree. Attenuation for this Pre is fabulous… so much more in recordings now to discern… feels like I was born yesterday and I’ll be 70 in the Fall. I am hearing a lots more detail with my Cornwall iv heritage series and this Pre. The amp doesn’t mean anything with the NAK CA-7A having last dibs to the sound.
I have a NAK PA-7A MKII amp and a CA-7A pre. They are a phenomenal combo. The phono section in the pre is in a league of it’s own. I use an AT33PTG/II cart and it’s hard to describe how utterly clean the sound is.
The one weakness the pre has is the balance control may lose contact with the left or right channel when set in the mid position. Even after proper cleaning it only lasts about 6-9 months before the problem reappears.
Both units were manufactured in 1990; I purchased them used in 1998 for $2500.
BTW: The CA-7A is not a Nelson Pass design (the amp is) but it is based on Pass technology. From the sales brochure for the CA-7A .... We developed a direct coupled output stage using a complimentary-symmetry emitter follower with a current bootstrap. Same principles as in Stasis amplification.
Best money I ever spent.
yesssss! I was happy to get the CA-7A pre. I bought it off of a fellow in Texas who knew his stuff and back-and-forth messaging on eBay. I knew it was the real deal because he knew all about the inner portion of this amplifier. I also got a remote control that works even though I only have one CD button on the front it doesn’t matter. And I don’t even have a turntable yet, but I am thrilled to use it with my Dennis Had Inspire western electric 300B into my Klipsch Cornwall IV’s. Game over. Bluesound Node 3, SVS MICRO 3000 SUB. I think my disease has come to an end lol.
The CA-7A has two torrodial transformers, so one would think that they're for left and right channels respectively. They're not. One transformer is for line inputs and the other for phono; each transformer has separate windings for left/right channel.
There's trim pots to adjust MM, MC and line inputs which should be done periodically or after shipping.
Yes, the buttons are very fragile (use remote whenever possible); I've broken two but glued them back on so they're all there.
This pre will easily reveal the weakest links in your system, but when you've addressed them all the rewards are sublime.
im impressed! You know your stuff!
if I hadn’t given (4) banana boxes of vinyl to the thrift store, I’d buy a turntable just to hear that phono transformer.
for right now, I rarely listen outside of streaming and Bluetooth through a Node v3… including TV. I shut off the use of my Western Electric 300 B tubes on my SET amp, for ballgames. ( trying to save tube life… I wish I knew at my age of 70, how many years of life they had, using them 4-6 hours at night only… any idea?)
yeah the making of the NAK is amazing I got interested when I saw the Sky Hi Fi video on YouTube
Those tubes might outlive us... I'm 74.