Jul 192018

My review of the First Watt SIT-3 is now live at Positive Feedback HERE.

First Watt SIT-3 power amplifier.

Within its areas of strengths (and power limitations) the First Watt SIT-3 is one of the best, if not the best, amplifier I’ve ever heard.

If you think you might want a First Watt SIT-3 of your own don’t wait too long to decide, as only 250 of them will be built and offered for sale.

I would like to thank Nelson Pass for the opportunity of writing about the First Watt SIT-3 for you here at Jeff’s Place and for Positive Feedback – thank you, Nelson!

As always, thanks for stopping by to read my articles, and may the tone be with you!

 Posted by at 11:01 am

  6 Responses to “The review of the First Watt SIT-3 is live at Positive Feedback!”

  1. Jeff,

    Great review! From the sound of it, you might be buying a SIT-3! Aside from not getting your Westminsters as loud as you’d like occasionally, there seems to be no reason at all why they shouldn’t power your main system! I can see you being extremely happy with one. The MACs are nice, but I get the feeling the SIT-3 surpassed them musically? 🙂

    • Thanks for the kind words, Bobby, appreciated.

      Nelson has asked me to hang onto the SIT-3 for a while longer, as he has a preamp he has built that he wants to send me to try with it:

      “Since you are tuned into tubes, perhaps you would like to hear a little preamp I cobbled together using the Korg (Noritake) Nutube, which is a tiny little pc mount triode. It does a very good job with the 2nd harmonic and has cute little glowing cathodes.”

      More to come!

      Kind regards,


      • Hi Jeff,

        You can use SIT-3 with one of your Altec speakers.
        Are you still planning to build crossover for Altec Carona and A5 with Duelund Cu-Sn capacitors?

        I think Altecs are underrated by many audiophiles. Altecs have some big advantages over most of other speakers.
        IMHO high sensitivity speakers are not just “easy to drive” speakers. They also sound more dynamic, lively and musical.


        • Hi Alex,

          I am not opposed to building crossovers for the Corona’s, but I have no plans to do so at the present time, as there isn’t time in my schedule due to other reviewing committments. I may revisit the topic in 2019.

          The project to build crossovers for my “Stokowski” Altec A7’s using the new Duelund tinned-copper components is still on, however, and Frederik has been working on building the various capacitors, inductors, and resistors, and has been sending me a few photos from time-to-time.

          Vintage Altec’s are wonderfully musical loudspeakers, and I have found them to be a lot of fun. The SIT-3 was an excellent match to them, for sure.

          Kind regards,


      • Jeff,

        NICE! A matching preamp! Can’t wait till you have some time with it. 🙂

        • It’s pretty exciting, Bobby. Knowing Nelson it’ll be good!

          I just got a message from Nelson and he’s working on it, but I don’t have an ETA just yet.

          Kind regards,


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