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altpensacola said, "Even a cheap receiver is going to have the same power as those amps."
I am still trying to figure out where this sudden belief that the power of audio amplifiers is the same, no matter what the quality of the design or manufacturer. This just boggles the mind as to it's inherent inaccuracy as a statement. Let me just toss out an example of why this statement that many posters here are so eager to repeat, is so very wrong, in a sense. I know that you were just using what you said as a generic example, and I'm just using that comparison as well, as an example that some posters may be under the impression that a class D amp is a class D amp is a class D amp. But it seems to me that, by the gist of some of the threads on here, is that this generic sentence could be misconstrued to be taken in a context that is misleading. I guess that I am talking about someone who isn't familiar enough with audio gear to actually believe that the component that has the same specs, but is a lot more expensive, is simply overpriced. Typically that is a main fault of the consumer to act as though a cheap amp can sound the same as an expensive one, sans the high cost. To be clear, I am just using your statement to make a point, nothing to do with you personally. It is probably the same one that you were making. I just want to expand on it.
There is a company called Accuphase that currently sells an audiophile amplifier that is rated at 30 Watts per channel that is a Class A solid state amplifier, that retails for $12,000. You can most certainly get a much more powerful one for much less. This is just exemplary to the point that wattage ratings are not a good description of the quality of an audio component. The rating does matter, through the right context, but it had been a typical marketing gimmick back in the late 1980's. I have been dealing with this for decades now, and it's always brought up as a generic comparison. I just picked that out as an example. The wattage phenomenon is a typical pitfall that a consumer all to often may find attractive at first, until they do an A/B comparison. The other example I can give is the time I went into a mobile audio store back in the 80's. I had a Nakamichi power amp running my rear speakers, and the salesman who was trying to help me out asked me what the wattage rating was on the head unit of my car audio system. I answered, "None". I had a Blaupunkt Houston head unit that was just a preamp/tuner hooked up to the Nakamichi amp driving the back speakers in my car. I said, "Seventy five watts". He immediately said, "That's not enough!" with an intended authority in his voice. "It should be at LEAST two hundred". What he did there was to reveal that he was not so knowledgeable in the audio sound system arena.
My Nakamichi PA-300 II seventy five watt power amp was putting out super clean sound that was plenty of CLEAN power to drive my Blaupunkt speakers. The salesman heard "seventy five watts", and it immediately raised a red flag. My point is that some folks are driven by the wattage rating as being the be all and end all of how good a power amplifier was/is. He tried to sell me some off brand amplifier that said in huge letters on the side, "200 WATTS". That was my first experience with this "wattage salesman" who just used the claimed power rating of an amplifier as his guide to it's value, both as being powerful and cost effective. I knew that I was in the wrong store, and promptly found another.