Boulder amp from hell...

Apr 3, 2010
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Man, has anyone looked at these amps close? As I mentioned to the person manning the suite at CES 2011, I don't think there is any stock of aluminum left after these guys are done making one of these animals!



The scale is not visible in this picture. In person, then thing is massive. They were clever in making a lot of the holes using a drill bit but still, there is a ton of aluminum there and a ton shaved off for looks (the sides are not flat).

They are not shipping yet and the unit there not powered (so perhaps empty). Power is 240 and I think output was rated at 1500 watts.
 
Apr 3, 2010
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This is their networked CD player:



I liked it until he told me how much it was :) ($25K or so). It is a CD player that had an Ethernet jack so they decided to add UPnP support to it and had themselves a networked player.
 
Apr 3, 2010
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Those are Westlake speakers by the way. They said that the two owners of the companies are friends and hence the reason they show the gear. I didn't think Westlake was a big going concern in consumer space. Are they?
 

MiTT

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I've been fortunate enough to visit and tour the Boulder facility. Their attention to detail and fit and finish is second to none. If you run your finger over the casework you can not feel the transition between the metal facia and the LED power indicators. At RMAF they were showing multiple units with acrylic tops so that you could see the equally impressive attention to interior layout. Simply beautiful stuff IMO.
 

JackD201

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Apr 21, 2010
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So are the little amps called Pebbles or Rocks?

Come on Gavin, where's my virtual rimshot!
 

es347

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wow and 240V to boot
 

Steve Williams

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well the music was nice but it didn't show anything much except the heat sinks and a brief look at the back of the amp
 
Apr 3, 2010
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I hope this doesn't come across the wrong way :). But my first thought after talking about how they make those massive heatsinks was "what a waste of natural resources!" They get a huge block of aluminum and drill out and cut away huge chunks of it. I suspect more is thrown away than kept. Yes, yes, buying high-end of anything is about excess :). But still, I thought that there would be many ways to utilize that metal that was thrown away to keep the machine cooler and by that, use less material. Alas, form over function has a role here and that is the design we see.
 

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Is it just me or what? Here we are on a forum entitled ” What's Best” and we have a product designed and built by Boulder to be the best amplifier they know how to make and they would like to think it is the best amplifier on the market, and here some of you are heaping scorn and derision on it. Amir doesn't like it because he thinks it was a waste of a giant billet of valuable aluminum for "form over function." Tom is jumping on the bandwagon saying that people that don't like accuracy won't like the amp and then wondering if Boulder will provide a full set of measurements for the amp which insinuates they have something to hide there. I'm missing the point of Tom's post obviously as it appears to me that Tom is trying to have it both ways (the amp is too clean for the tonality people and yet Boulder probably won't give us a full set of graphs to show how good it really measures).

So yes Amir, it did come across the wrong way for me. The ultra high-end is all about excess and eye candy and the Boulder amp is no exception. Why jump on them because you think they wasted some aluminum? I will never be able to afford this amp and since it's SS, I'm not interested anyway. However, I just find it ironic that on a forum called “What's Best” that people are making fun of an amplifier that was designed to be the best. And based on Boulder's solid reputation, I have little doubt that it is a fine sounding SS amp.
 

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