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Old 06-20-2016, 04:17 PM
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Burmester
Viola Labs
Karan Acoustics
Pass Labs
Audionet

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Old 06-20-2016, 04:39 PM
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Has the quality of Krell gone downhill?
Based on some lukewarm reviews and other tidbits I've read, they seem now like just another high end company making amplifiers. I personally think their cosmetics look rather cheap and not befitting equipment of that price. I used to salivate over owning something in the KSA series and then the FPB series. Those were some truly impressive amplifiers and could drive anything. Two of my favorites were the Krell Audio Standards and the FPB 350s. Just awesome.



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Old 06-20-2016, 09:12 PM
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My top five amplifiers in no particular order:

> McIntosh MC2301 mono power amplifier

> VAC Statement 450 mono power amplifier

> McIntosh MC1.2KW mono power amplifier

> Mark Levinson No.536 mono power amplifier

> Leben CS-600 integrated amplifier
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STUDIO - McIntosh C1000C/P, MC2301 (2), MR88, Aurender N10, Esoteric K-01X, Shunyata Sigma spdif digital cable, Sonos Connect, PurePower 2000, Stillpoints, Furutech Flux 50, Michell Gyro SE, Michell HR Power Supply, SME 309, Ortofon Cadenza Black, Wireworld, Sonus faber Amati Anniversario
LIVING ROOM - McIntosh C2300, MC75 (2), MR85, Magnum Dynalab 205, Simaudio MOON Neo 260D-T, Schiit Audio Yggdrasil, Aurender N100H, Shunyata Sigma USB cable, Micro Seiki DD40, Ortofon Cadenza Blue, Nakamichi BX-300, Sony 60ES DAT, PS Audio P10, Furutech Flux 50, Sonos Connect, Stillpoints, Wireworld, Kimber, PMC EB1i, JL Audio f113
VINTAGE - McIntosh MA230, Tandberg 3011A tuner, Olive 04HD, Sony DTC-59ES DAT, McIntosh 4300V, JBL 4312A
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Old 06-20-2016, 09:49 PM
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Old 06-20-2016, 10:51 PM
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Audio Research
Nagra
Ayre
Burmester
EAR
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Old 06-20-2016, 10:51 PM
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Only McIntosh
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McIntosh C1100, MC2301 (2), Esoteric K-01x, Sonus Faber Stradavaris, Berkeley Alpha DAC Ref. Series 2 MQA, Berkeley Alpha USB, Aurender N10, Synergistic Research & Audience power conditioners, AZ Absolute Copper Interconnects, AZ Absolute Speaker Cables, AZ Gargantua II & Krakatoa PCs, Stillpoints & Symposium shelves under everything
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Old 06-22-2016, 01:02 AM
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1. MBL (ref series)
2. SIM (Moon)
3. Ayre
4. Lamm
5. Accuphase ( New entry, Class A )

**Deletetion from no1 {(Pass lab .8) Sorry no idea about XS series, Missed the .5 series}
***MBL 9008A mono with 5011 pre are in action in my rig, recently upgraded from 9007 mono and Marklevension No326S.
****Marklevension, you took it too long to lunch a new good power amp, they should enter with a Class A instead of Class AB. you will be Missed, SAD.
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Old 06-26-2016, 01:12 PM
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Audio Research for preamps
McIntosh, Boulder for power
Emotiva, Parasound and Dynaco variants for affordability
that last is my neighborhood
don't get around much anymore, meaning...
there is a lot I haven't heard
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Old 06-27-2016, 02:21 PM
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In no specific order. These are the best of what I have heard.

1. McIntosh
2. Audio Research
3. Boulder
4. D'Agostino
5. Bryston (the 28B SST2 in particular)
6. Special mention to the Bel Canto Black. Amazing amplification system.

I am sure companies such as Soulution, Constellation, Tenor, Karan, Gryphon, etc. are amazing, but I have not had the ability the hear them yet.
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Old 06-27-2016, 02:23 PM
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So, here are the standings so far (as of post #30). No specific order if votes are tied.

1. McIntosh: 11
2. Audio Research: 11
3. Pass: 8
4. Burmester: 7
5. Accuphase: 6
6. Soulution: 6
7. Ayre: 6
8. Boulder: 6
9. Constellation: 5
10. D'Agostino: 5
11. Bryston: 5
12. Lamm: 3
13. VAC: 3
14. Simaudio Moon: 2
15. Esoteric: 2
16. VTL: 2
17. Conrad-Johnson: 2
18. MBL: 2
19. Shindo: 2
20. darTZeel: 2
21. Mark Levinson: 2
22. EAR: 2
23. Bel Canto: 2
24. One vote each for AudioNet, Wyred 4 Sound, Karan, BAT, Audio Note, Spectral, Devialet, Gryphon, Unison, TAD, Viola, Leben, and Nagra.
25. Affordability distinction: Parasound, Emotiva, Dynaco
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