Originally Posted by ldgibson76
Well! How is it?! How is the Anthem?! And you know why this is huge. It's because you have Vienna Acoustic Mozart Grands! They are not the easiest speakers to push. But, they are some of the nicest speakers on the market for the money and they sound so good! I would think, that the Anthem, being what it is, would have rendered a more refined character to the Mozarts. Why? I don't know, I'm just trying to sound like I know what I'm talking about!
Really, do you notice any difference? And do you think Emotiva has made it hard to justify the pricing of the higher end model from Anthem, Arcam, Rotel, B&K, Parasound, etc,....?!
This is a copy and paste from what I posted at the Emotiva Lounge a week ago...All my tests were done demoing music that I love. I find HT comparisons kind of pointless IMO.
RPA-1: a bit more forward than the Anthem, but more impact with the bass. It really makes my speakers sound refined yet powerful....I think this amp makes a nice pairing with my speakers overall. The quality of this unit is quite obvious. It's a beautiful amp inside and out. I have had this amp for close to two years now and I have been enjoying it the entire time.
Anthem: A warmer sounding amp for sure. Anthem likes to boast about their roots in the tube business so perhaps they've voiced it to be a warmer sounding amp. Bass seems a little bloated with the MCA 20. That being said, certain types of music that I enjoy sound pretty darn good on this amp. Chris Botti's Album "To Love Again" just sounds amazing. With rock though, it seems to almost make my speakers sound muddy.
These are just a few things i've noticed so far. Without being so critical of the amps they sound more alike than different.
Although take this for what it is worth...While watching a movie the other night my Fiancee turns to me and says, "What happened to your other amp? I like the way it makes the Viennas sound a lot better"
After using this amp in my sustem for 2 weeks+ now, I definately like the RPA-1 better....