Originally Posted by Tawaun da bomb
How many of these amps have you actually heard the Opus on, because the AVA Ultra Fet 550 is on my mind big time!
I 've had personal, ears-on experience with the following amps with the Opus 2 & 3:
I own the Butler TDB 2250
and it has been driving my Opus 2 for almost a year. Beautiful match.....simply beautiful!
I spent a few hours listening to the Van Alstine Ultra 550
, driving a pair of Opus 3 at an audio friend's house. He actually borrowed it from a friend of his, for the listening session. I can't say enough about how wonderful this amp is. I'm saving to get one for when I get my second pair of Opus 2 (version 2).
I had a brief listening session with the McIntosh MC252
and the Opus 2; after a fellow Opus 1 owner (who later upgraded to the Opus 2), auditioned this amp at a dealer's store (with the Opus 3) and raved about the synergy with these two. I was floored! Talk about sweet, musical and emotional? Then, you're talking about the MC252 and Opus 2 (with the McIntosh C220 Pre Amp) !!!! This combo is my ultimate 2-channel goal for my Opus 2. Eventually I will buy these two pieces (for my home office) and then let the TDB 2250 and Ultra 550 battle it out , with one going either in my HT system in the living room, and the other into the dining room system.
I also spent a few hours with the Odyssey Audio Mono Extremes
and Opus 2 in my home. Thanks to a generous friend who went through a lot of trouble and brough them over, to hook up to my Opus 2. Wonderful match !!! But I liked the Butler TDB 2250 better, so I went with the TDB 2250.
The Quad 909
. I only had a 15-20 minute listen with this amp and the Opus 2. I was running late and ran into major traffic getting to the audition and had to be getting back. But I was very impressed with what I did here. Amazing little amp!
The rest of the suggestions were from other Opus series owners, from accross the country who auditioned those other amps and whom I have either talked to on the phone; or exchanged e-mails with.