Originally Posted by LocoMoco
Could someone please compare the Plinius 9100 to the PS Audio GCC-100. How would the others mentioned like the SimAudio compare to the two I've mentioned?
i just did an extensive audition of the PS Audio GCC-100, and ended up buying its simpler, cheaper little brother, the Trio C-100 (more than $1000 cheaper, actually).
the C-100 only has three RCA inputs, but it has the same dual-mono 100 watt configuration, and to my ears sounds pretty much identical.
the top integrateds on my list (i was in the $1000-$1500 range) were the Rega Mira 3 (because i have Rega speakers), the Cambridge Audio 840A, a Prima Luna DiaLogue Two demo, the YBA Design YA-201 and the PS Audio i ended up buying.
the Prima Luna is a tube amp, and i almost ended up buying it. the sound was brilliant, with a massive soundstage.
but to my ears, the GCC-100 trounced everything. it was balanced from top to bottom, with no thickness in the midrange, no treble roll-off or edginess, and good, tight bass control. most of all, it was crystal clear and very "present." high-resolution without being cold.
unfortunately it was way out of my price range, so i got its baby brother, the C-100. i didn't need any of the bells n whistles the GCC has (HT bypass, phase reverse, dimmable display). and like i said, to my ears the C-100 sounds pretty much identical.
it's tiny, understated, and bizarrely powerful for its size. couldn't be happier.