Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: mid-atlantic region of US
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My view is that modern day amplifiers, including tube amps, which are designed to be linear - by which I mean produce inaudibly low distortion at all frequencies w/in our hearing range - will sound so close to one another as to make the decision less about their individual sound and more about power output (does it produce enough to drive your speakers to your desired volume?), ergonomics (easy to use?), feature set (do you want room correction, tone/bass, balance, mono switch?), aesthetics (is it suitably attractive?).
Personally, despite it's hip retro charm, I couldn't abide owning that amp for the simple reason that it has virtually no features I deem essential. ..To not have a balance control, or "mono" switch, is in my view a deal-breaker. Audiophiles (a self-annointed credential for which there are no sensible qualifications) view such features as anathema, but I think they are less interested in hearing music and more interested in being snooty connoisseurs. These features make it possible to enjoy poorly recorded music almost as much as the perfectly recorded stuff that is favored by audiophiles.
Personally, I'd much sooner buy an affordable AVR, or if you don't like their ergonomics (I generally don't) then give thought to an integrated amp from NAD, Marantz, or, if you're very budget-constrined, AudioSource. . ..I very much doubt this little amp, in the best of circumstances, sounds any better than any of these options, yet each of these has a great many more features and tons more power. ..16 w/ch is pretty anemic.
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