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In Reply to: RE: Here's what I posted about them... posted by mkuller on February 25, 2017 at 12:24:45
"Back to my Manley NeoClassic 250s - ahhhh, a relief. There is a synergy between these amps and the big Thiels that never fails to draw me into the music."
Been there, done that. And I have to agree with you. I've tried various Class D amps and some can sound pretty good (but not entirely good enough). I've had some Hypex and ICEpower amps on my Thiels but none could beat the sound of my Manley Neo-Classic 250 monoblocks.
You have said in the past you have never heard the Gilmores. He heavily modifies the Ice Modules and uses a large linear power supply. Because you have heard some class D amps you don't like is a disservice to the Gilmore amps.
How are the Ice Modules heavily modified?
The only thing Marc Gilmore would say was that the input impedance was changed and the operating frequency was changed. B&O did this per his request
That's a popular phrase among amp assemblers that incorporate OEM modules in their audiophile amps. Other than being "heavily modified" or using a "heavy linear power supply", what more can they offer? They're all OEM modules designed by someone else for easy packaging in a nice enclosure. The "packager" has little R&D or engineering investment in the final product.
I'm not saying they all sound bad, but this whole "heavily modified" B.S. is just a way to try and differentiate themselves in a market full of OEM module packagers.
OK. Turning OFF my cynical attitude now. ;-)
You and me both. I'm planning to buy a pair of Maggies (3.7i)and am looking ahead to finding appropriate amplification. Wish me luck.
You still haven't listened to his product
Someone needs to correct him quick! They're not "digital amps".
I can't listen to every Class D amp on the market, but the handful that I have listened to do not come close to matching the better tube amps I've owned, or even some of my 'traditional' solid-state Class AB amps. Maybe someday.
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