Originally Posted by pgwalsh
Wyred4Sound and D-Sonic used the same amps when they both were doing ICE amps from B&O. I don't know what Wyred4Sound is using now, but I believe they're using 3rd generation ICE amps. D-Sonic switched to Anaview and Pascal amps. I believe ATI is using NCore and my understanding is that NCore doesn't sound as good as Pascal, but I think that might be a subjective thing. I know Dennis has said in this thread that the Pascals were superior sounding to the ICE in his opinion and that's why he switched and that makes perfect sense. All of this has been discussed through the thread.
Just for everyone's information, I recently bought the D-Sonic M3-1200-3, 1200 watt 3 channel amp, and it uses Pascal cores. The info is direct from Dennis at D-Sonic and if I'm not mistaken he told me he uses Pascals in all his amps these days since they simply sound better.
I have PSB Synchrony One speakers which are very good and very power hungry. They are 4 ohm and dip into the 2 ohm range. I also use Elac Uni-Fi UF5 towers which also respond well to good amplification. My stereo rig is powered by a DK Reference V2 hybrid amp so I have a good sense of what tubes mated with SS can sound like. And my opinion is that the D-Sonics quite smooth sounding.
Diana Krall's Love Scenes album is very well recorded but she is close miked to the point where sibilance can be a problem. My tube amp emphasizes this sibilance a bit more than the D-Sonic does.
Class D has come a long, long way, even from the days when Bang and Olufsen reigned. BTW, my understanding is the Pascal modules were designed by former B&O employees.
One more thing is that the input boards in the D-Sonics are designed by Dennis and an EE friend along with close collaboration from the Pascal folks. So the D-Sonics are more than plug and play items stuffed into a metal box.
I like what I've heard so far, but I'm still learning all the subtleties to the sound. My sources are an Oppo 105 or a Melco HA N1A. I also use a Light Harmonics or a Oppo Sonic DAC. Not Uber expensive stuff, but a very good and revealing system. My headphone rig costs more than my HT or stereo rigs, so I'm used to ultra revealing sound.
Hopefully this helps anybody on the fence make their decision. The days of live auditioning at the local HiFi shop seem to be gone except in small pockets of the country, so passing along good information on the various forums is the responsibility of us all, if we can, imo.