Seriously? Are they talking about Amps or Wines?
We were pleasantly surprised. The Carver amp had none of the usual "mass-fi" solid-state hardness, but was, in fact, very listenable, with good depth, quite good detail, and only a modicum of that high-end dryness and laid-back midrange which characterize medium-priced solid-state amps.
The one thing I take away from the Carver challenge is the admission that Amps do sound different. Whether it is good or bad is not the question, but they do sound different.
Is it possible to reduce or eliminate the differences? Yes. But do competing Amp companies do that or actually try to differentiate themselves from the competition?