silver level: restoration
Sam examines the circuitry component by component, replacing weak ones
with superior pieces. The system bias is then optimized to deliver an
amp that performs better than the original.
gold level: ultra-linear
Sam will deconstruct your amp and redesign the circuitry to produce the
best possible ultra-linear state. The end result is an amp that produces
top power and exceptional sound. You can own a one-of-a-kind, "Sam
Kim" audio masterpiece
platinum level: full triode
Our platinum level service is the ultimate transformation. Here, Sam's
creative genius is unleashed to deliver a full triode amplifier for the
audiophile. Our customers attest to Sam's incredible skill and workmanship.
Owning an amp transformed by Sam Kim is akin to owning fine art crafted
by the masters.
triode or ultra-linear?
The term ultra-linear means that your amp has an output configuration
optimized to deliver a bright and punchy sound. Excellent for those who
enjoy using their tube amps to listen to Rock music with more volume.
Stepping up to a triode configuration will reduce the output volume (watts
per channel) but, as audio experts will tell you, will deliver a superior
sonic experience. The sound will be sweeter, smoother and natural. Those
who listen to classical and jazz music will appreciate what a triode tube
amp can do.
Whether you choose our silver, gold or platinum service, you can take
comfort knowing that Sam spends many hours, following an amp's completion,
conducting burn-in and listening tests. Like us, you are serious about
audio and believe that music deserves the best possible reproduction.
Looking for something different? We can design and fabricate a one-of-a-kind
gut-shaking, Frankenstein tube amp for your guitar to a custom preamp
for your turntable. We can even perform surgery on your audio gear to
how to order service
Sam Kim's well equipped, home workshop frees us from high overhead costs.
We charge a flat rate so you know up front what your investment will be.
Many customers agree that this is a better arrangement than shops that
charge you an hourly rate - and then shock you with the final bill.
We quote one price no matter how much work is required to restore, modify
or redesign an audio component. This includes the very important listening
tests when Sam fine tunes the circuitry to create the most natural sound.
Typically, 30 to 100 hours are spent on each unit. Prices range from $750
to $5,000 USD, excluding S&H.
We take trade-ins for any unit you wish to buy. Let us know what you
have! We also offer a 90-day warranty on all parts and labour.
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Sam specializes in aligning, adjusting and modifying any make of tube
or solid state tuner.
All components are checked to ensure they meet specification. Any that
are defective or out of tolerance will be replaced with modern high performance
|"When you buy one of our amps or tuners, you become a part
of the Sam's Audio Labs family." |
Your tuner is then expertly aligned to improve selectivity, sensitivity,
and separation between channels. Finally, Sam adjusts the gain and fine
tunes the unit for maximum sound quality. The result is performance superior
to factory fresh.
We have aligned and restored all types of tuners including Mcintosh,
Scott, Fisher, Kenwood, Sansui, Sherwood, Tanberg, Telefunken, Magnum
Dynalab, and many others.
Please call or e-mail us for details. Prices begin at $299 USD.
music to our ears
"Thanks so much to you and to Sam for the fabulous restoration and
upgrade.. the multiplex stereo FM sounds great."
-- Mark, restored Harmon Kardon TA-224 tube receiver