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Musical means lower distortion to me, which simply gives you better sound quality.
Speakers are much harder to drive than load resistors, which is all they use to generate the endless nonsense puffed-up power specs that are published.
To find out what an amplifier REALLY does in the real world, you have to connect REAL SPEAKERS and then use an expensive high-quality distortion analyzer to get at the real numbers.
Then you will find out that receivers/amplifiers from NAD and Cambridge Audio have MUCH lower distortion than the ones from OnkPioYamAnt which is why they sound better.
Distortion with REAL SPEAKERS can be 100 times as high as with a load resistor, which is why the published specs are so much nonsense.
Good receivers have big beefy power supplies that can allow the amplifiers to supply the peak current needed to drive the speakers properly.
The others skimp on the power supply so they can spend money on endless lists of "bells and whistles".
Lots of GEE WHIZ...but where's the BEEF? Your ears will tell you if you just listen well.
My receiver ratings; based ONLY on sound quality:
Cambridge Audio .....9
(10 of course being excellent, and 1 being junk)
Of course some models are better than others, but in general that is how I rate them from my listening experience.
Last edited by commsysman; 08-08-2014 at 05:16 PM.