Originally Posted by Rutgar
In YOUR opinion. And, of course, now I see you have thrown in a bunch of non-real world caveats.
No one said all
amplifiers sound the same. (Well, you did, but I don't think anyone else did.) So, specifically relating back to the original post, please tell us how separates from Rotel, Marantz or McIntosh are going to sound any different. That's really what this thread is about. Tell us both how and why. I'll even offer some limited explanations.
On the preamp side, automatic room correction (which the Rotel preamp lacks) is likely to make an audible difference. The results of auto room correction might not sound "better," but they're sure to sound "different." As for the amplifiers, the Rotels are Class D, which at least might
provide the basis for audible differences. The "sound" of Class D isn't borne out by measurements or by my personal experience, but at least it's some kind of starting point (albeit a reach).
If not those explanations, then what? This forum isn't one of those embarrassing high-end magazines where the "reviewers" make things up in an ivory tower. Here, we get rapid turnaround, and if you make dubious claims, people will want commensurate explanations.