The 1464 featured solid-state circuitry. 'Instant-on' was a big deal, I guess, but as many of you know, early solid-state amps lacked... something. Transistors didn't 'fuzz' sweetly when overdriven (it was more like a splatter), and engineers hadn't yet learned how to contour the sound of these new amps for that tube 'warmth.' Even today, some solid-state amps use a tube or two or a better sound.
The 1464 was a big, powerful amp, featuring a wide dynamic range
(40-20KHz). With that kind of frequency response, it rivaled stereo systems of
the era. I remember a friend who used his 1464 as his sound system, with everything
jacked in mono... made the records skip sometimes, it was so loud!
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