Originally Posted by buddahead
Just because you cant hear differences in integrated amps and receivers does not make it the golden rule.
Tom, I've asked you whether or not you've done any level-matched blind tests and your response (or lack of it) tells me that for you, not so much.
Here's a little hint: Without level matching and bias controls, *everybody hears differences among power amps*
I would say 99% of the poster here have no clue as to what to even listen for.
Without level matching and bias controls, you don't need to know what to listen for. You'll hear differences regardless, due to the level differences and your own personal bias.
Their is much to matching electronics to the right speakers.
Much is made of this, but in fact if the electronics are good, they shouldn't care that much about which speaker they are driving. Amps that change their sound with different speakers are very old school.
Their are plenty of site's where you can get good advice.
There are a ton of sites where there are self-appointed eggspurts who will tell you all sorts of things.
I have a pair of MA rs6 and I tried many integrated's. A l had their own sound. Your Anthem choice is a good one.
Tell me about your level matched, bias controlled listening tests, Bob.
Until then, you're probably just talking about your outdated test procedures and how they lead well-meaning people such as yourself down the high end audio primrose path.