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Manley Snapper Amplifier

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Manley Snapper Amplifier

2005 Product Of The Year

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Handcrafted in the USA

In 2002 we launched a very tasty all-tube 100 watt monoblock called The Snapper® (oceanic names continuing). At $7,250 per pair for stereo playback, we also welcome you to catch a school of Snappers for surround systems.

Another brilliant design from Mitch Margolis features a quartet of EL34 or 6CA7's in a fully differential circuit topology, including the input and driver stages. This Snapper can be driven fully balanced all the way through via the XLR inputs. If you have balanced outputs on your preamplifier, this amplifier is the first Manley design to really let you take advantage of your XLR's without additional balancing input circuitry or input transformers. Very cleverly, the unbalanced RCA's can alternatively be used in this special topology with equally impressive results.

Biasing is easy with all measurement points and trimpots located on the top deck and speaker connection is made with heavy duty WBT binding posts.

Over three months of prototyping in the Manley Magnetics department resulted in a brand new output transformer design, a true 19-section incredibly complicated piece. The Snapper will crank out 100 watts at 10 cycles all day long and a full 110 watts from about 15Hz all the way up to 40KHz. Don't let frequency response specs fool you when people give you amazing bandwidth measured at... oh, five puny watts. We're talking full power bandwidth here! Continuous duty. Real muscle.

15" deep x 13" wide x 8.75" tall
Input Impedance RCA: 475 Kohm
Input Impedance XLR: 15 Kohm (serial #MSN524 and below are switchable between 15 Kohm or 600 ohm)
Input Sensitivity RCA: 750mV input = 110W output
Input Sensitivity XLR: 1.5 V input = 110W output
Gain RCA: factory set for 31 dB; Range = 29.5 to 34.5dB
Gain XLR: factory set for 25 dB
Negative Feedback: factory set for 9dB of global NFB
Maximum Output Power into 5 ohms: 110 Watts (1.5% THD @ 1kHz)
Maximum Output Power into 8 ohms: 100 Watts (1.5% THD @ 1kHz)
Signal to Noise Ratio Ref. 1W: Typically 90 dB A-WGT 20-20K
Noise Floor: Typically 105µV = -77dBu A-WGT
Typically 388µV = -66dBu unweighted
Dynamic Range: 98dB
THD+noise @ 1W less than 0.1%
Frequency Response at 110W full power: 15 Hz to 40 kHz FLAT
Frequency Response at 5W into 5 ohms: 10 Hz to 65 kHz FLAT, -3dB @ 100KHz
Recommended Speaker Load: Optimized for 5 ohms
Actual Output Impedance: 1.5 ohms
Power Consumption (idle): 170 Watts (1.4A @120VAC)
Power Consumption (at Full Power 110W): 336 Watts (2.8A @120VAC)
Vacuum Tubes: 1 x 12AT7WA Ei, 1 x 7044 GE JAN NOS, 4 x EL34EH Output
B+ Voltage: 570V DC
Output Tube Quiescent Standing Current: 30mA
Set Bias for 300mVDC measured across 10 ohm cathode resistor
Fuse types for 120VAC operation: MDL or MDA 4 AMP / 250 Volt SLO-BLO
240VAC operation: MDL or MDA 2 AMP/ 250 Volt SLO-BLO
B+ FUSE: MDA 1/2 AMP, Ceramic 250 Volt SLO-BLO
Shipping weight each: 45 pounds

Click here to read the Manley Snapper review from The Inner Ear Report 6/2004: Snapper Review By Blair T. Roger

Click here to read the Manley Snapper review from Positive Feedback 8/2009: Snapper Review By Chip Stern

Click here to read the Manley Snapper review from Soundstage! 11/2002: Snapper Review By Bill Cowen

Click here to read the Manley Snapper manual: Snapper Manual

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