“… I can tell you that these amps should drive anything. They are rated 400 watts into 8 ohm, 700 watts into 4 ohm and 1200 watts into 2 ohm. These amps are dead silent and the noise floor is nonexistent. A tiny little button in the front turns it on and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the music, which I did even though they are not tubes. They are about as neutral as anything I have ever heard and the dynamics are beyond unbelievable. Philip brought over his latest demo disk #17 and we played the whole disk. At the last one he said this one is meant to be played loud as he turned up the volume to Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars. It almost blew me back through the wall behind me. The bass on this amp is crazy good. The dynamics (or as Ack calls the Dynamic Experience) is explosive from top to bottom. There is nothing lacking on this amp. I must admit it was somewhat on the cold side for me but this is not unexpected coming from someone who has been running tubes for the past 12 years. I also missed some of the bloom but having heard this amp I can honestly say I would have no reservation recommending this amp to anyone as IMO it is that good. The sound is crystal clear, and every string could be heard. Instruments sounded like, well what they should sound like.
Philip is bringing over the Mola-Mola preamp next week to compare against my Lamm LL1 Signature which is tubes.
I found myself with the lights off before the first track was over and tapping my toes and snapping my fingers. I was into it.
Another food for thought….. I just spent $325 to ship my right channel and its power supply back to Brooklyn as the crates weighed 200 lbs. Same price coming back as well as whatever repair cost on top of that. These amps weigh 14.5 lbs each and are carried in a very secure case which was easily moved up my stairs. To put out such incredible sound is something people need to hear for themselves.
$18K for the pair.
I am lucky to have these for a week or two and then have the Makua preamp in my system as well. Stay tuned.
Steve Williams, What’s Best Forum, Coto de Caza, CA