Originally Posted by KenM10759
I can't believe there's actually a discussion about the cost of amps as measured by weight or watts per dollar. To my mind, how affordable is it for how it SOUNDS is paramount, with how it looks a distant second. That sound and what is "affordable" for one person or another is so varied and subjective that all of it is an individual rationalization. Weight and cost per watt has never been on the radar for me.
Originally Posted by Patrick Butler
My exchange with Jon is a bit of an inside joke. I don't believe that cost per watt, or cost per pound is a way of judging the merits of an amp, and I don't believe Jon believes that I believe it either. Jon's belief (and I'm paraphrasing) is that two similarly powerful amplifiers that are competently designed should sound pretty much identical, and that the only reason to buy the more expensive one is for reasons other than sound quality (build quality, looks, etc.)
Me pointing out the weight of Classé's upcoming amp and engaging in this whole discussion is an attempt at humor. Apologies for the confusion.
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Yep. Just good natured humor. Patrick is kind enough to indulge my objectivist viewpoint. The null hypothesis is that all good amps sound the same (even Emotiva
). Demonstrating a difference in sound quality would require rigorous double blind testing, which, it turns out, is very difficult to do. I simply don't trust my own or anybody else's ear if the comparisons are sighted. So, taken to the rather silly extreme, one could indeed argue that buying amplifiers by the pound or watt is a reasonable approach. In practice, I think that Bryston builds an excellent amp at a somewhat reasonable price, and so see no need to use higher priced amps like Classe, Ayre, Levinson, etc, based on subjective reviews. Just having a bit of fun, and Patrick is a good sport.