I recently moved and rediscovered an Elite and Two-C that I hadn’t used probably since the early 90’s. I am the original owner having purchased these in the 80’s when I worked as a salesman in consumer electronics. I bought the Elite/Two-C pair to drive a variety of speakers from DQ-10’s to Tympani ID’s. And always in mono (bridged) mode which provides 200W/ch vs. 55W/ch stereo.
I hooked the pair up to Magnepan MMG’s that I recently purchased to test. I only waited about ten minutes after plugging both in (FWIW the user guide suggests to allow 24-hours for the electronics to settle down). The left channel sounded fine right away, but the right channel was intermittently crackling on and off. I assumed it was just a loose connection but after powering down, and upon closer examination, everything was secure. So I decided to check out the Elite alone (since it was powering the troublesome right/mono channel) and it misbehaved exactly the same way randomly crackling on and off. The left channel of the Elite never once complained.
I didn’t have time then, but this morning I decided to check whether the preamp or amplifier section (or both) of the Elite was the problem. And, of course, just like when you take your car to the mechanic, it wouldn’t misbehave and instead performed without incident (possibly because it had been plugged in for a couple of days??). I listened for about 30 minutes and the Elite never stumbled.
ADDITIONAL NOTES: The cosmetic condition is only fair at best. There are scratches along the top of both units, although the front panels are pretty clean as you can see from the photos. The two power supplies are similarly scarred. Several of the little rubber bumper-feet things had come loose in the box of both units so I’ve replaced them with some I picked up at Home Depot. I’ll include the old ones just in case anybody cares and wants to glue them back on. Sorry, but I no longer have the original boxes. But I do have the user guide, the PS Audio catalog for 1983-4 and a pack of resistors that came with the unit (presumably for tweaking the MC phono stage which I’ve never used). See photos. Also please note that I only have one (of the two) U-shaped connectors (from pre-out to power-in) jacks on the Elite. Since I always ran in mono I had no need for the other connector. Of course, any quality interconnect can be used instead.
I have no idea what these two vintage pieces of audio gear are worth. So I’m open to offers for the Elite or Two-C alone, but PREFERABLY BOTH since that’s how they truly shine with power to spare.
IMPORTANT! For the purposes of a potential transaction it would be prudent to assume that the Elite’s right channel is transiently non-functional and either does now or will later require servicing. The Two-C, on the other hand, is trouble-free. Perhaps the Elite will continue to work just fine – but I personally wouldn’t bet on it and neither should you.
Please email lm4343 #at# yahoo if you have any questions or would like to make an offer.
P.S. Apologies in advance if I screwed something up with this post or broke any rules. This forum thing is new to me.