Hi - I posted this question in the Amp section but was advised to ask the experts here:
Are there any obvious amps or preamp/amp combos that are particularly suited to low-level listening? With "low level", I mean definitely below the natural level of acoustic instruments, such as concert grands, violins, trumpets, etc.
The amplifier I am looking for should have great resolution at lower volume levels. It should still perform well at higher volumes. My budget is about $800, my speakers are Paradigm Monitor 9, and my listening room is about 12'x12'x9'. I realize that room treatment is important, but I wanted to know if there are any specific amp designs that I should be looking at? Should I seek out pure Class-A designs? What about these switching amps, like the Cambridge Audio 840A, that use a Class-A design at lower levels and switch to Class-B at higher levels? Are there any other amps with similar designs?
Thanks so much. Best - MM