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HTA-800 Hybrid Amplifier with MM Phono and 24bit DAC

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HTA-800 is a 50W / 8ohm high-fidelity but still affordable hybrid integrated amplifier utilizing two 6N3 tubes in the preamp section and four Toshiba transistors at the output.. This solution ensures a very warm, linear and lifelike sound with high dynamic presentation at the same time.

High-performance tubes, high-power shielded toroidal 200W transformer provides stable, constant and immediately-available  energy at any volume level.


The audiophile grade  ALPS volume potentiometer ensures minimal noises and channels crosstalk and has excellent operational feel and limits errors between the two channels.

The audiophile grade WIMA capacitors ensures stable playback improving music tone and sound field depth.

The high-end class, gold-plated speaker terminals offer almost lossless audio signal transmission to the speakers.

Analog inputs with high-end solid machined brass RCA sockets can accommodate up to 4 stereo devices including a turntable (MM cartridge) so you can enjoy music from your favorite vinyl records.

You can connect a range of  digital devices via optical or coaxial inputs and a built-in premium high-resolution 24bit / 192kHz DAC will always provide the best sound performance.

For those who prefer discrete listening TAGA Harmony is equipped the HTA-800 with a high-fidelity headphone preamplifier.

Preamplifier output is dedicated for an optional external power amplifier or powered subwoofer and speakers.

The removable IEC power cable gives an option to upgrade your system with a premium audiophile power cable in any time.

 

The HTA-800 combines the analog sound of tubes with the power of transistors to give the best sound at the price!

 


    

 

 

 

 


Pleasant sound

 

“…There is a subtle hint of warmth and sweetness characteristic for the valve amplification – it is thanks to basic 6N3 tubes working in the preamp section. On the other hand Toshiba transistors along with a solid power supply are able to control sounds in the lower registries what I especially liked when listening to electronic and rock music.

 


Attention is drawn by solid bass with mass and depth corresponding to amplifiers offering much more watts than a number the HTA-800 reaches, which is its advantage. Honestly speaking the levels of volume which I was able to reach in a room bigger than 30 sqm were close to those offered by Hegel H-80 and it is much more efficient amplifier than the HTA-800…

 
TAGA Harmony is gently moving toward more relaxing sound – it has its charm as some songs which may sound too aggressive become in some sense “civilized” and have more accepted message. The HTA-800 offers the sound which is tonally balanced without dominating any frequency over the others – the owners of smooth sounding speakers by adding this amplifier would be able to build a neutral sounding system in which music is on the first place rather than technical complexities…”

 

Verdict
Pros: Solidly built, based on decent components, including an efficient toroidal transformer and quite large capacitors for power storage.
The sound full of vigor with impeccable dynamics on a micro scale. Controlled and defined bass. The malleable and musical sound with a delicate hint of warmth and sweetness.

 

 


“May a piece of equipment for this price also boast of sound at least acceptable on a demanding audio-stereo scale? The answer is yes! The tested amplifier is characterized by a very well built sound and a very attractive appearance.
It reveals itself as complete, vigorous, juicy and malleable. It is a full range sound with muscular bass. It can be written that this sound is very similar to the higher HTA-1200 model, but a bit simplified and with a slightly slimmer depth and less spatial.


The midrange moves strongly towards the front of the loudspeaker line, but it is done in such a physiological way that it is not obtrusive. On the contrary, all sounds get the authenticity, instruments get the clarity and expressiveness, and the vocals the power and sensuality at the same time. All this is highlighted by a kind of "tube" way of  presenting the sound, i.e. a slight touch of warmth and sweetness of two 6N3 preamplifier tubes. It is an addition of subtlety, velvety and passion combined with a higher bass saturation and its better structure. Of course, it is not only credit to the tubes but to the optimal design of the amplifier, however it is the 6N3 tubes that gives the final charm and some extent of complement and closure of the whole sound. They bring saturation and malleability to the sound. And you have to like it. The HTA-800 sound is presented in an attractive and vivid way, organically and harmoniously…
Difficult to beat at its price or even higher.

Conclusion
Taga Harmony HTA-800 is a multifunctional budget hybrid amplifier (tube-transistor), which in its class has a sensational, because substantial, organic and musical, sound with good spatiality and exemplary saturation. Additionally it is equipped with an internal DAC, phono stage and headphone preamplifier.
I predict it will gain high popularity especially among beginners in the high-fidelity world, but not only.
Taga Harmony HTA-800 is another very successful company's product.
At this price it is a torpedo - bravo!



+ Highlights
» Value for money
» "Seductive sound” signature
» Beautiful dynamics
» Plenty of sweetness and substance
» Excellent behavior on human voices
» Quality connectivity



“We were impressed by the construction of the amplifier, thecomponents used and many features it offered. We started a listening session with Eva Cassidy's album "Live At Blues Alley". After listening to "What A Wonderful World" everything was immediately obvious. Eva's vocal moved forward in front of the speaker line, it was gentle, slightly warmed, presented almost in an intimate, soothing way. The guitar, piano with clearly audible texture. Cymbals' plates were gentle, sonorous and without exaggerated reverbs.

Being impressed by how the female vocals were presented, we reached for the next album. Aga Zaryan "My Lullaby" was placed in the player. The presentation of the songs was similar to previously heard. In addition, the double bass recorded on the album showed the amplifier's ability to reproduce lower frequency ranges. The instrument was playing clearly, in detail and naturally.


During the listening session, the TAGA amp revealed a saturated, full sound, especially in the middle range. We liked this range the most and it was a bit privileged. The highs were calm, delicate, slightly withdrawn and warmed. The bass was under control, with a good extension with and satisfactory resolution. The presented scene was gently moved beyond the side border of the speakers, at the same time not too deep, and in most of the tracks the musicians were aligned with the speakers   Taga HTA-800 plays with good dynamics, and does not get lost during playback of different music genres.

Summary
“As it turns out that in the reasonable price, it was possible to create an amplifier which can work with many sources, made from very good quality components and parts… Most importantly, one more time the producer proves that you do not have to spend huge amounts to be able to enjoy music at a really very good level.”


Specifications:

Power Output:

2 x 60W RMS  / 4ohm
2 x 50W RMS / 8ohm
Class A/B

Vacuum Tubes:

2 x 6N3

THD: 0.5%
Signal/Noise ratio:

75dB

Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Inputs:

Analog: RCA Stereo: CD, Line, AUX,       Phono (MM)

Digital: Optical, Coaxial

Outputs:

RCA Pre-Out 

Headphones: Impedance 16Ω, Output Power 150mW
Phono input (MM):

Input impedance 47KOhms/120pF

Gain 40dB

Input voltage 5mV @ 1kHz

THD SNR 72dB
Included Accessories:

Full Aluminum Remote control
Removable IEC Power cord

AC Power, Power Consumption: 220-230V 50/60Hz, 200W
Dimensions (H x W x D): 14.2 x 43 x 38 cm
Weight (net): 8.1 kg / pc
Finishes: BLA

 

 

 

 

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