Jun 062018

I’m a bit jet-lagged after just getting back from England after a couple of weeks of traveling, so if I am rambling and a bit non-sensical in this post please forgive me, and hopefully I’ll make more sense in a few days. 😉

The Royal Crescent in Bath, England.

Saracen’s Head, “Bath’s oldest pub.”

Anyways, my buddy Doc Leo just bought a nice example of a vintage Eico HF-81 integrated amplifier for the princely sum of $400 USD, and asked me if I’d like to give it a listen – absolutely I would, Leo!

Vintage Eico HF-81 EL84 integrated amplifier sitting atop one of my vintage Altec 832A Corona loudspeakers.

Close-up of the front of the vintage Eico HF-81 EL84 integrated amplifier.

Most of you know I’m a big fan of EL84 based integrated amplifiers, so a chance to give Leo’s classic Eico HF-81 a listen on my vintage Altec 832A Corona loudspeakers was right up my audio alley!

Close-up of the back of the vintage Eico HF-81 integrated amplifier.

I know a lot of you are interested in vintage gear, just as I am, so I thought you might find some listening impressions of the vintage Eico HF-81 to be fun.

Bottom view of the Eico HF-81.

Eico HF-81 connections diagram.

Eico HF-81 tube complement diagram.

I don’t know if anything capacitor or resistor-wise has been updated in this vintage Eico HF-81, so that remains an open question at the moment, but still … what fun!

Vintage Eico & Altec!

I hope to give this a try in the next few days, so stay tuned for more vintage audio action!

As always, thanks for stopping by, and may the tone be with you!

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