Opinions/Advice on Eico HF-87?

Hi All,

As the thread title implies, I was hoping for any impressions or opinions about this amp. This forum has always been so helpful in the past that I figured it would be worth a try. I want to make sure I am spending my money wisely and not just throwing it away.

I am currently auditioning one as I am trying to find something to replace my Fisher 400 with. I don't think I have developed a critical enough ear yet. So I was hoping for a little help. I'm trying to decide if it is a definite step up from the Fisher.

On first impressions it seems like it tames some of the highs that were a bit much on the Fisher. It also seems to have more pronounced bass. I'm not sure if the soundstage is as deep as the Fisher, but maybe I'm just imagining that. I'm not really sure how to listen for or classify other characteristics at this point. I guess I should try to do some more A/B comparisons.

The only issue with it is that it has a buzz in the speakers some times. The strange this is that after listening to records for a bit it seems the buzzing will be less. I believe the buzzing is an issue with my house though. The Fisher had a buzz in the left channel. A couple other amps I have tried have buzzed a bit too. I just wish I could figure it out. I was hoping it would stop after the analog TV signals were shut off a couple weeks ago, but no dice.

So, all in all, I was just hoping for a little advice from those of you who are much more knowledgeable about audio gear than myself.

Thanks much!
Eico, there is a blast from the past. Either of these amps will need , or already have undergone, a serious rebuild. They both should be capable of good sound but the level will depend on the parts quality used in updating them. I have heard rebuilt amps from this period sound quite good when used within their output range. Is there a reason why you are attracted to vintage gear? They have their virtues but serious drawbacks as well.
Hey Stanwal,

Thanks for the response.

There isn't really any particular reason I am attracted to vintage. It just seems to be a cheaper route to go. Plus it is nice because my tube guy allows me to test out various gear without having to buy it.

I have also always wanted to stick with tubes as they seem to mate well with my speakers.

The newer stuff seems to be a bit more of a gamble.
Going with what you like is always good. They take me back to a different era. Look for a Dynaco Stereo 70, that was a better amp than either of the others.