Originally Posted by hifisponge
Small world. I've been over on he Audio Asylum Forum asking about how to get a smoother sounding midrange, and one of the suggestions was to go with the Odyssey line of amps. I may give them a try at some point, but I'm going to give the Bel Canto Ref1000's a shot first. Should have them next week sometime.
How does the sound of the Odyssey amps compare to more mainstream offerings like Parasound Halo? In other words, what were the sound qualities that drew you to the Odyssey amps. Also, what have you compared them to and what were the major differences? Sorry for the 20 questions. Just trying to narrow down my choices.
Sorry missed your questions. To be honest I ordered the Odyssey's unheard...doh. After talking with Klaus, I was hooked, plus he had a 30 day return policy. They are extremely smooth in the midrange with a lot of lower end punch. The midrange is the biggest thing I've noticed over other electronics I've heard. The bass took a while, initially a bit bloated but with about 300 hours they are excellent. (Klaus admits the bass is bloated initially) Nothing harsh in their presentation. They are extremely cool running for an A/B amp. I've been impressed with their performance so far - clear, clean, with no glaring traits!
I haven't heard a lot of amps (trying to remember all I've heard), but I like them better than many I've auditioned: Anthem, Sherbourn, Carver/Sunfire, Musical Fidelity and would actually say Classe'. I felt the Classe' was outstanding, but a bit analytical as was the Carver/Sunfire and Musical Fidelity. The Anthem was extremely harsh.
The only other SS amp I've heard that I felt sounded close to the Odyssey was the NAD M25, but it doesn't have the bottom end umph of the Odyssey monoblocks, and I also felt it was a little rolled off in the highs. It is a 7 channel amp though.
Now the T+A's were extremely impressive, I felt better than the Odyssey's. Overall warm presentation with nothing harsh or bloated, with a lot of bottom end umph. I'd also say the Halcro was incredible and matched extremely well with the Salon2's, but they are way out of my price range.
I really liked the Spectron. Best I've heard in my limited experience. If I was in the amp market...I might be headed that way.
This is all my opinion and could have easily been affected by a lot of variables. I hope that all made sense.