[QUOTE=MichaelJHuman;28038634]Own a number of amps/receivers. Can't say my Crown amps sound different than my receivers or Emotiva.
High end just means expensive in my experience. I don't have the budget to test out $5000+ amplifiers.
Of course people will swear they hear night and day differences in amps, but it you could set up a blind listening test, would they still hear it?
So opinions will differ
If I et up 3 amps & each listener has some music they know well= I like classic rock so if I put on something I know every single note & inflection the speed & timing the bass etc etc, I "I" will notice a bright or bass heavy or warm presentation. If a room full of people does not register what I have described then the test has not yielded beyond a reasonable doubt that there is any difference between amp sounds. SIMPLE!! & furthermore if the room is filled with reviewers that do not get "PAID" for this they should score higher in evaluating the "Signature sounds"
Regarding $5000.00 amps this is my view, IMHO!! the average jane & joe work hard for a living & will most probably not have the inclination to spend even close to that on the entire setup 2 chnl, home theatre with multiples you might be able to progressively saving. With that being said!
The thresholds, VTL, krell Conrad Johnson carver etc etc were made by men & women who toiled endlessly plugging in little items failing 100's of times until they came up with a marketable recipe, that the masses liked??
Have I said Anything untrue?
PS my first a/b was Crown xls-1500 vs emo UPA