Originally Posted by Andy Lammer
I picked up a used pair of Ref1000 and M300 this weekend, and am really impressed with the Ref1000.
As a bonus they are rather inexpensive, even brand new, as BC gear seems to be discounted more.
I have always found the BC amps to be very quiet, with great imaging & depth.
The smaller M300 are definitely brighter, lacking "body", and weaker bass control.
I am curious as to comments of the Rowland 501 vs BC Ref1000, and against some better SS amps.
One thing that I have found with Class D amps is that they are FAR more sensitive to the likes of power conditioners and power cords than pretty much any other kind of amp I've tried. Not sure why that is, but for people who aren't believers in these things, a Class D amp might just change your mind.
I've not compared the JRDG 501 v.s the BC ref1000, but I did get an opportunity to do a 15 minute compare between the JRDG 102 vs. the BC S300. Different shades of the same color, with the BC providing slightly more defined bass and the JRDG with more refinement in the high frequencies.
I like the ref1000's (and other Class D amps) for the money and for the conveniences (size, no overheating, etc). But I still find the likes of the $10K+ amp to perform to my liking (better?) without question. Have not spent enough time with the JRDG 501 to judge, nor with the Kharma Class D amps (which I have been told are outrageously good) or Edge amps (also have been told are good)...