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  • Harman Kardon Citation II

    How many remember?
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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  • #2
    Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
    How many remember?
    Not only do I remember, I actually own one. It's been nicely restored and upgraded for improved reliability by Don Sachs. Don works hand in hand with Jim McShane, who among other things specializes in Citation II upgrade kits. It's a very nice amp that has withstood the test of time.
    http://www.dsachsconsulting.com/Cita...storation.html
    ---Gary
    Analog: Scheu + Immedia RPM tonearm + Koetsu Black + Pass Xono or Threshold FET 10pe
    Amps: First Watt F7, HK Citation II
    Pre-Amps: CJ Premier 14, Threshold FET 10e, DIY 417a with output transformer
    Speakers: Horning Eufrodite, Reference 3A mm de capo
    Tuners: Sansui TU9900, McIntosh MR78
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    • #3
      I had one for about 8 years and enjoyed it. But I really needed more pwr for my maggies ( the citation II is only 60 W ). When I came across my current amp, I wanted to be sure it wasn't a sonic downgrade so I hooked up a A-B comparison circuit between the two amps so I could switch between the two on the fly remotely. At moderate levels ( below clipping of the citation) I could not detect ANY difference with any kind of music so I was satisfied with making the switch to my newer amp.
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      • #4
        I can't tell a lie... I have three Cit IIs in the house. Used to have four but have reformed just a bit.

        You might not be aware these stereo amps can be wired into monos and will put out double the outputs enough (almost) to drive the Maggies to a reasonable level.

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        • #5
          I have one too. Lots of work to restore it- chrome it and re-build it. ...

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          Phono: Aesthetix Io Eclipse with 2 Power Supplies and Volume controls
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          Amps: Custom Direct Drive, Wyetech Topaz, Futterman H3 Quad II,Citation II, Marantz 8b, 5 ,2. Bedini 25/25
          Pre-Amps:Marantz 7, Marantz Model 1 Consolette Pair
          Speakers: Beveridge Model 3 Direct Drive amps, REL S/2 x 2, Quad ESL pair
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          • MylesBAstor
            MylesBAstor commented
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            Purty.

          • JCOConnell
            JCOConnell commented
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            why 3 RCA inputs?

          • Johnny Vinyl
            Johnny Vinyl commented
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            As Don Cherry would say: Beauty!

        • #6
          The output transformers in the Citation II amps were/are works of art with a very extended bandwidth. Many Citation II amps have been purchased in order to remove the output transformers and use them in other amp designs. M&F for example.
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          • kcin
            kcin commented
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            Yes Moore- Frankland Associates (MFA) harvested these for some of their early 80s efforts

          • MylesBAstor
            MylesBAstor commented
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            There's a blast from the past!

        • #7
          Originally posted by kcin View Post
          I have one too. Lots of work to restore it- chrome it and re-build it. ...
          Kcin - lovely work.

          JCOConnell asked "why 3 RCA inputs?" There aren't 3 inputs. One of the RCA jacks provides a 60hz signal that is used for AC balancing. Here's a snapshot from the Citation II Owners/Assembly Manual.

          ---Gary

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          Analog: Scheu + Immedia RPM tonearm + Koetsu Black + Pass Xono or Threshold FET 10pe
          Amps: First Watt F7, HK Citation II
          Pre-Amps: CJ Premier 14, Threshold FET 10e, DIY 417a with output transformer
          Speakers: Horning Eufrodite, Reference 3A mm de capo
          Tuners: Sansui TU9900, McIntosh MR78
          Digital: i7 Server (Roon) + SSD, Sonore urendu + Mutec MC3+ USB + Berkeley Alpha Dac, Audiomeca Mephisto
          Power: Audience AR12, Torus Tot, DIY filters

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          • JCOConnell
            JCOConnell commented
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            ooops-forgot about that. Its been over 10 years since I owned one.

          • kcin
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ID:	48160 I had this SS version before I went truly hi-end in the early 1990's. Went to Mark Levinson 27.5 after the HK Citation.
          Christian
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          • JCOConnell
            JCOConnell commented
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            while that model may have been named citation, its a totally different animal, not just another "version"

        • #9
          Here are a few pictuers of my Citation II. Bias pots have been moved to the back to make for easier adjustment. The toggle switches on the back allow one to use either the internal meter or an external meter when adjusting tube bias (the middle switch) and separately allows one to.switch the amp from pentode mode to triode mode (the outer two switches).
          ---Gary
          Analog: Scheu + Immedia RPM tonearm + Koetsu Black + Pass Xono or Threshold FET 10pe
          Amps: First Watt F7, HK Citation II
          Pre-Amps: CJ Premier 14, Threshold FET 10e, DIY 417a with output transformer
          Speakers: Horning Eufrodite, Reference 3A mm de capo
          Tuners: Sansui TU9900, McIntosh MR78
          Digital: i7 Server (Roon) + SSD, Sonore urendu + Mutec MC3+ USB + Berkeley Alpha Dac, Audiomeca Mephisto
          Power: Audience AR12, Torus Tot, DIY filters

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