I left the amp on the whole evening. Woke up and played some classical music. Vivaldi and Bach on vinyl. Hmmm, what the seller told me is true, when kept on, or given a good long warm up (1hour +), the amp does sound much better.
More on bass: the tube hybrid amp produces bass with a lot more timbre. The Stratos's bass is deeper, less heard, more felt.
Quick question: Is super fine detail added "color". The Stratos gives fine detail not available on my Moscode. I'm not talking about resolving, both do that in their own way. The Stratos puts a lot of the detail at the same level allowing the listener to pick at them individually. The Moscode layers the detail and spaces them out much more, quite far from each other. This evidences it self in some instruments and voices that reaches out and touches you, taking over the moment, diminishing the presence of other detail. I would compare it to adding Tobasco sauce to a steak. Just a touch too much tobasco, and the steak disappears in the background.
For example, I learned this test from a friend. Dinah Washington's "What a difference a day makes", 25 seconds in, right after the line " 24 hours", in the background, a subtle click can be heard, supposedly a shift in weight by Dinah during recording. On the Moscode, that detail is muffled, barely there. On the Stratos, its a discernible click, almost like two drum sticks struck together.
Last characterization. The Moscode is like dating a hair dresser, she's a little nuts but helluva good time. The Stratos is like a hot dentist. She's good looking and all, but I can't help but stare at those perfect hands.
I'm torn between the amps. Gonna give it more time. I was hoping to keep just one.
Any good speaker switches available out there?