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post #121 of 122 Old 08-02-2012, 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by lovinthehd View Post

Simply that different isn't necessarily better, nor is more expensive necessarily better, nor is a certain brand stamped on copper wire necessarily better....

Okay, but what I'm wondering is how that statement relates to the comments that you quoted. You quoted me talkiing about Emotiva fanboys on the Emotiva forum who are hypocritical. Perhaps you could point out the connection.
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Originally Posted by runnin' View Post

Nope, I just tested the two amps again. Female vocals are brighter with a hard "ssss" with the Emotiva at higher volumes and the Parasound subdues them at the same volume. But beleive what you like. I wonder if the high bias class A of the Parasound is what I'm hearing, but whatever it is, the soundstage is more refined. Mind you, that's with Paradigm Signature S6 for speakers.
Still I have to say the Emotiva does a good job and for the money spent it's pretty good.

This is still early and have not finished breaking in my center, Kef Reference 202/2, but in multichannel music (no EQ) things can be a bit harsh again on certain tracks where the Bryston 4Bsst2 was not in 2 channel. Difference is Sherbourn PA 5-200 driving the other channels, primarily the center but also surrounds. The PA 5-200, I believe, is just a better built XPA-5 so sound should be similar. This is way early to conclude anything yet but your observations make me take notice.

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