Originally Posted by babak147
Thanx , I listened to Kef 207/2 B&W 800D Salon2 and Studio2 , Adam tensor Gamma, Wilson Sophia 3, Mcintosh XRT1K , JBL K2 S9900 , .....
I ended up buying these showroom models at 50% off MSRP. They are in storage as I havent moved into my house, Now Im looking for Amp/Amps to drive them.
Your input is appreciated.
I'm really jealous you got 50% off on your Salon2; wish I were as lucky as you. I paid more for the 802D2, and they don't retail $22,000 like the Salon2 either!
Obviously you will get all kinds of persuasion and dissuasion regarding amps. But who would you believe more? The chief designer of your Salon2 Kevin Voecks or someone else?
When one of the magazines asked Kevin Voecks to select an amp to be reviewed with his Salon2, Kevin picked an ATI amp because he knew well that it would sound beautifully with his Salon2.
The ATI AT3002 is $1850 @ 26% off (msrp is $2500). Not 50% off like you're used to
, but pretty good.
As Kal Rubinson (editor of Stereophile & AVS member) and many others will tell you, the biggest impact on sound is the speakers, not the amps.
The important thing with the amps is abundant power, whether it's ATI, Mark Levinson, Lexicon, Theta, Cary, Anthem, Parasound, Classe, McIntosh, Bryston, Passlab, Marantz, Boulder, etc.
I know the ATI, ML, Lexicon, Theta, and Cary Audio are fully balanced designs and are built in California.
I power my Salon2, B&W 802D2, Orion3, and KEF 201/2 with all ATI amps, and they sound beautifully.
Irvrobinson also uses the ATI AT3004 to bi-amp his Salon2, and he loves it.