Originally Posted by mtrot
I went into that room with the $300 ELACs and I thought they sounded very nice for inexpensive book shelf speakers. But the room that paired the Revel F228 with Mark Levinson 585 integrated amp sounded just awesome to me, at least on the content they played. I really liked the simplicity of the system, in that all it included was a streaming box, the 585, and the F228s. That room has me seriously looking at the 585 as an upgrade in my amplification.
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Originally Posted by TuteTibiImperes
That has me thinking, there's been a lot of talk about Harman's science-driven approach to speakers, what is their approach to amplifiers? I've been under the impression that, assuming the THD and other measurable statistics are similar or below the threshold of audibility, and there's no DSP going on, two amps with similar power ratings are going to be indistinguishable from one another in a double blind test. Perhaps I've been hanging around the Audiogon forums too much, but there seems to be a widely held belief that there are differences in amps.
Harman marketing the Mark Levinson line as well as the Crown amps as wildly different price point seems to lead some credence to the fact that they may think so as well. Maybe
can shine some light on this - is this something they talk about at all at Harman Academy?
I'm using a Crown XLS 1502 to power my 2-channel setup right now. What, if anything, would I gain if I were to move to a Mark Levinson amp or integrated?
I am by no means an expert, nor am I of the mindset that if I believe something, it is therefore irrefutably true. So, your YMMV!
Through thorough side by side, sighted testing in my home with two of the worlds highly regarded speakers (B&W 800D2's, Revel Salon2's), I tested two amps who's specs are very comparable. Those amps are the ATI Signature 6007, and the Mark Levinson No. 536. I find the No. 536 to be more fluid, musical, open. I did not initially find the difference to be a great difference, but then I bought the No. 523 preamp. With the 523 in the mix, the gap widened - a lot.
The Mark Levinson No. 523 preamp/No. 536 amp combo is special. Very special!
The 523 preamp with the ATI improved the sound as well, but not to the extent that it did with the 536's. Of course there is no electrical theory that I am aware of that would explain this, I was a business major after all, but my reading seems to indicate that many believe such synergies exist wiithin a brand. Because of this experience, I am inclined to agree.
I have heard the 585 paired with B&W 805's (D2 or D3, I don't recall which) and it sounded a lot like my 523/536/B&W 800D2's did (minus some bass). Very impressive combination, and with a small physical footprint.
In adherence with this thread's topic, I'll close by saying I like the Revel Ultima2's the best of the two brands I have owned.