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Verastarr SSA 644 6-channel amplifier

Does anyone own one of these amps? Hard to find much information on this model. I know its based on a Cinepro design but with upgraded components. Was wondering how it compares with the AB Cinema 6500 amp or is it closer to the 6500SE?

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Does anyone own one of these amps? Hard to find much information on this model. I know its based on a Cinepro design but with upgraded components. Was wondering how it compares with the AB Cinema 6500 amp or is it closer to the 6500SE?
I would almost agree with that, but its more like the SSA-644 "learned" from the Cinepro design rather then based off of it. The SSA-644 really doesn't compare to other amps as it is more like the standard that the other amps are judged by. What I mean by that is its the Audiophile's 6 channel Home Theater Amp. In my opinion it is the amp that can used to listen to an audiophile 2 channel system while being part of the HT system at the same time whether the speakers are easy to drive or something hard like Appogee Acoustics IE the Class A backed by 440 watts of high current AB when called for. I have several Verastarr Amps.

The 6500SE info I was able to find seems to be designed with the same idea in mind with Class A then pure grunt AB following. Without seeing inside one to see the attention to detail and quality of the parts then listening to one, I can't make a direct comparison. One can't go only by specs IE total watts. A 200 watt amp with massive transformer, power supply capacitive reserve, and loads of available high current to drive hard loads and challenging passages beats a 500 watt per channel Kenwood Amp with only 5 amps of current anyday. Yes one needs watts, but just as music is built on bass, speaker available power is built on available current.

I think it might be hard to find somebody that has listened to both amps much less A-B'd them.

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I would almost agree with that, but its more like the SSA-644 "learned" from the Cinepro design rather then based off of it. The SSA-644 really doesn't compare to other amps as it is more like the standard that the other amps are judged by. What I mean by that is its the Audiophile's 6 channel Home Theater Amp. In my opinion it is the amp that can used to listen to an audiophile 2 channel system while being part of the HT system at the same time whether the speakers are easy to drive or something hard like Appogee Acoustics IE the Class A backed by 440 watts of high current AB when called for. I have several Verastarr Amps.

The 6500SE info I was able to find seems to be designed with the same idea in mind with Class A then pure grunt AB following. Without seeing inside one to see the attention to detail and quality of the parts then listening to one, I can't make a direct comparison. One can't go only by specs IE total watts. A 200 watt amp with massive transformer, power supply capacitive reserve, and loads of available high current to drive hard loads and challenging passages beats a 500 watt per channel Kenwood Amp with only 5 amps of current anyday. Yes one needs watts, but just as music is built on bass, speaker available power is built on available current.

I think it might be hard to find somebody that has listened to both amps much less A-B'd them.
My impression is that the 6500SE was designed and built a few years ago while the Verastarr amps were produced almost a decade ago, so it makes sense the 6500 borrowed from the SSA amps. I have seen inside a 644 and it does appear to have some greater attention to detail with respect to internal wiring, which obviously is Verastarr's forte. The toroidal transformer is an absolute beast.

I agree that these amps rarely come on the market for a good reason. People love them.

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