Review: Bedini Electronics BA-801 Amplifier

Category: Amplifiers

I have been in search of a Bedini 801 amplifier for quite some time. I finally found a beauty from a fellow Audiogon member. I am a jazz drummer and listen to mostly newer jazz artists and classical recordings. This amplifier just makes the Audio Physics sing with authority. The soundstage and imaging extends far beyond the speakers and just has that "i'm there" sense. I replaced a tube power amp with the Bedini and almost fell of my chair. The bass firmed up and the highs were not edgy at all. I could not be happier with this amp. It will be in my system for a long time. The only faults I can find with this amplifier are the use of a non removable power cord, and plastic binding posts. The best part of this amplifier is that although discontinued since about 1990, Bedini still has product support and repair service.
I had been told that Class a amps get very hot. I do not find this to be the case. It does get rather warm to the touch, but never too hot to touch.
Overall, I think this amplifier is the proverbial diamond in the rough.

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Hi Skipper320,
I just saw a ad for a 801 eleswhere and checked Agon for some reviews. Your looks like the only one thus far. I too am a jazz lover(old school mostly)and am currently using Tim Rawsons gainclone amp (bpa300). I have had several of his amps in the past and like his approach. Bedini been around for a long time and thus the interest in the 801 being sold. Thanks for the review and have a Merry Christmas and great New Year.
Regards, Bret
I just bought the one 801 listed tonight. Whats nice is that the owner recently sent the amp back to John Bedini for service and was told the amp is good to go for another 40 years! That sounds good to me! Cant wait to hear this nice amp drive my Quad 63 USA's. If it sounds as good as my current Threshold S/200..Ill be very happy indeed!

Hey Ken congrats on your purchase. Hope it brings you years of listening pleasure. I think I'll keep what I have for now--no complaints. Peace.
Hi Skip..Thanks for the quick review. Let us know how your enjoying the Bedini after awhile..

Thank you also Bret...Ill be sure to follow up with some impressions of my own..Enjoy your nice system ! Have a great holiday guys!....Ken
I had much equipement at all price points and several Bedinis. These are real sleepers. An excellent amplifier for a very reasonable price.