Originally Posted by Shintsu
Right, because touting your superior hearing after talking about how you hear all these perceived differences in amps when several of us were positing that's bunk couldn't possibly have come off (to tweak one of Steve Jobs infamous remarks) as "You're listening to it wrong."
You're welcome to tell yourself whatever you need to in order to justify all your gear purchases. To give in now would suggest lots and lots of unnecessarily spent money. As always, it's truly about the gear and not the sound - but pretending it's all about the sound
Silly me, I have stupid ears that hear incorrectly since these amps all sound the same...
I can tell you I can hear the difference for different amps. In my case, there is NO money or brand difference, I designed and built all of them. Different design gives me difference sound. Not only I can tell the difference, I have people come and did test and they can. Before you talk about DBT, all my amps look EXACTLY the same, it's good as DBT as they don't know what circuit is what even if they look at the amp. Only I know.
For me, They are all my designs, so either one sounds the best is still my design. One funny thing is I have one that is very original, nothing like the amps on the market. I did wish it sound the best, but it did not work out this way. That's the one I described in post #283
that I had that amp in the system for two days and had to switch it out in favor of the other one. That was disappointing for me, if it is psychological, I would have stay with the original one. I think I am very objective in judging.
The sound is so different that everyone can pick out the amps every time.
Again, the system is DEFINED by the speakers used. You have to have speakers that can review the difference. The speaker is THE MOST IMPORTANT piece in the system. The system sounds as good as the weakest link in the system. If you use a really good amp on a mid-fi speakers, it will not show the potential of the amp.
I have enough speakers to say, if I use my pair of Monitor Audio Silver series speakers, I cannot tell much difference because the speakers doesn't have the resolution, I could not hear the small sound I expect. Also, it doesn't have the sound stage.
In my experience, the amp makes a difference in the sound stage. I have one amp the sound stage is at the speakers plane, one have infront of the speakers. The PA-7 is the worst, it's behind the speakers plane. Also, I have a song that has a lot of small sound and I can compare which amp gives me more of those sound.
Also, like I said in post #283
. I was on your side before when I was using the pair of Kef Uni-Q as described in post #283
above. You have to live with a system first, not just doing test. You might not know what you missed until you have a better system. It's not about whether you have good ears, it's about opening your ears.
In fact, I am on and off shopping for a pair of better speakers. I feel my amps out classed the JM Lab at this time. I am too cheap to buy new, I am looking at used market so I can pay about $5K for a pair of $15K speakers. If it's not for testing amps, I would be perfectly happy with my JM Lab. Like most people, I cannot imagine anything can be better just like when I was using the Kef. BUT I know better from the lesson. Like the Chinese saying, a frog sitting at the bottom of the well think the sky is only so small because that's all it can see.
I started out in the late 70s with a pair of Radio Shack speakers, I thought that was really good......until I heard my friend's speakers. Then I bought the pair of Kef Uni-Q, that was day and night difference. I was so happy......Until I got the JM Lab. I gave the Kef to my stepson long time ago.