Originally Posted by subbass
I believe this reply is for me
Not to speaker for Archaea (ha, which means I"m about to speak for Archaea - kind of like when someone says with all due respect you know someone's about to be disrespected).
This topic has been discussed a ton in the past, so some of us in KC had a blind amp comparison GTG last summer. What we found is that all the amps (pro amps, "hi-fi" amps, cheap T amps, receiver amps, etc.) all sounded identical as long as the levels were kept below clipping. We had a switcher made by Archaea that allowed us to immediately switch between amps and all were level matched to within 0.2 db's.
The only types of amps we never got our hands on were tube and type A. All the others were represented. The only amp that sounded different was the cheap HTIB receiver, even it's soundstage was different. There must have been some kind of dsp/distance/whatever setting on it that you can't turn off.
Now, if we had low sensitivity speakers I'm sure differences would have more easily come into play since the amps would have been clipping. We never went above -10, so with the crazy efficient 212's we never had issues with that even with the little 20 watt T amp.
In another video that has been posted a lot, Archaea showed that in his room at the LP he can get to -5 with 1 watt using the inuke 3000 before it clips and easily over reference with 20 watts.
So, after awhile it gets tiring
to explain over and over again what we have found comparing different amps thus the post by Archaea above.