Originally Posted by runnin'
Originally Posted by kbarnes701
I agree with your entire post. The "tube sound" is very seductive, but it's way from being accurate. On balance I prefer accuracy and transparency to the source. If anyone could differentiate between an Emotiva amp and any other well-designed modern SS amp in a proper ABX test, I'd eat my hat live on YouTube.
I'm pretty sure I could, though I don't understand why it comes down to daring people to prove something to YOUR satisfaction. But I could only tell the difference with my XPA-3, which as I've mentioned with my speakers has a harsh "sss" sound when vocalists sing a hard s at volumes peaking about 82db. It's repeatable and irritating. My other amp does not do this and that is also repeatable. Now you are going to dispute my findings but why feel threatened about what someone else finds if it disagrees with your theories? It's just a hobby after all!
I have no axe to grind on this at all. I really couldn't care less if people want to believe their multi-thousand dollar amp sounds better than a far cheaper amp, or that electronics really have all that much impact on overall SQ, as compare to the impact of the really important components in a system: the room and the speakers.
Unless a proper ABX test is conducted the subjective opinions of users of Amp A or Amp B are irrelevant. They are just that: opinions. An ABX test will reveal not opinions but facts. And, so far, the facts are that nobody can hear a difference between one modern amp and another so long as they are working within their design parameters (ie not clipping etc).
Now if you really are "pretty sure" that you are the one human being on the planet who can reliably and repeatedly tell the difference in a double blind test, there is big money ($10,000 no less) for you if you take this challenge and win it:
A word of caution: so far nobody who has taken it has won the money :)
If you want a slightly different perspective on it, read this Stereophile article, where they dearly wanted to prove that the hypothesis was BS, but came to this conclusion:
"The implications of all this are disquieting, to say the least. If, after only four days of work, it is possible for someone—design genius or not—to make a $700 amplifier sound exactly like a state-of-the-art amplifier costing many times as much, what does that say for the cost-effectiveness of the latter?"
The article is here:
Next you'll be trying to tell me you can hear the difference between a $500 cable and a $5 Monoprice one - LOL!