Originally Posted by FMW
There would certainly be a difference in build and component quality. It is also likely that the Levinson would have a stronger power supply and better heat dissipation for driving difficult loads. I doubt there would much difference in sound under normal circulstances of use in a truly objective listening test. Both should be transparent.
People determine value in different ways. It isn't a very popular position but my own belief relative to audio is that room acoustics are by far the most important element in sound reproduction. The speakers are a distant second and everything else is close to being trivial.
Yes, no need to pile on. I already said it. It isn't a very popular position but at least it is based on many, many years of experience.
I have to agree and disagree with your post:
Concerning room acoustics, I could not agree more. If you have a poor room, It makes no difference what electronics or speakers you have. Everything will sound poor. (In particular, those of you with extremely "live" rooms have a major problem)
Concerning you comment that the Levinson has a stronger power supply and better heat dissipation for driving difficult loads- well that it just not the case. (Please visit UltimateAVmag.com and conduct a search for Outlaw in the amplifier area. That is how we build everything.
As for the differences you hear comparing a Levinson to an Outlaw, I am not going to touch that one at all. That is for each customer to evaluate on his own.
However, for the record, there is no speaker load that an Outlaw amplifier cannot drive perfectly no matter how "difficult" it is. Our amps will not overheat, current limit, or shut down. That is fact and has been the case since we introduced our first power amplifier, nearly nine years ago.