All that being said, please remember, sound is very subjective. Room interaction and system synergy, and your own ears account to what you hear and like. So you may or may not get the same experience as I did. Also remember that I only spent a limited amount of time with the Power5. For those of you on the fence, I say try it out in your own setup. ListenUp has a 30-day return policy. If you don’t like return it. But I doubt you will. I would like to thank the OP for starting this thread and sharing his experience and Bill Mac for pushing me to try out this amp. I love AVS but I need to stop my frequent visits here, seriously!
Thanks for your review Alex, and its very imformative when the reviewer has an excellant piece of equipment to compare it to. This thread is starting to get very imformative. Its not often that a product is being reviewed by so many folks who have nice amps to start with and that is very telling imo.
Hopefully we will get 3 or 4 more reviews real soon as more folks get their amps this week.
Oh, and I Know what you mean about visiting AVS, it can get very costly
With the Power5, I find myself listening at -5db below reference. While it’s loud, I don’t need nor want to turn it down. It’s amazing how comfortable, clean and smooth it is at that level. Listener fatigue does not exist in this amp’s vocabulary! Let me stress this again...the ability to push that volume knob higher without getting distortion equates to a fantastic sound and a very different listening experience
I think we are starting to see a trend on some of the things that make the Power5 special. Its abiltity to crank and be pushed is almost uncanny imo.
I was on vacation for a week or so and hadnt been able to watch many movies. I put on I am legend last night. Now, I havent read reviews of this disc, But I was blown away at the sound quality I was hearing. Maybe the disc is a reference audio disc I dont know. All I can say is it sounded incredible and the Power5's ability let me listen at around 5 db higher on the master volume then I could normally go...without even breaking a sweat.
Ive had a tons of class a/b amps in the past, some were really mega watted too ..as such, I wasnt really expecting to much of a difference when I ordered the Power5 , I knew it was small, lightweight and ran cool, was brand new with a warranty and had nice looks, and had plenty of wattage to run the nhts..Now if it only matched a decent class a/b amp in sound quality.
I must say it has surpassed my expectations in the sound quality department, with some traits like mentioned above that Im not sure now, could even be matched ( at all ) by a class a/b amp. Your mileage may vary.
The last time I watched this movie I had an HSU sub but now I have the JL Audio F112, so the sub has a lot to do with it.
PS. Just as a note, I too bought a Fathom F112 about two months ago ( had a HSU VTF-HO with turbo right before the Fathom ) .. The Fathom is special imo, The sound quality of the Jl sub is first rate, and one of the best purchases I have made to date.