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In Reply to: RE: I'm beginning to understand what a good solid state amp sounds like posted by airtime on February 28, 2017 at 08:29:25
I know exactly what you mean airtime. I have been going back and forth for years until I acquired a Pass Labs Aleph 3 & Aleph P. Loved the sound, however had to downsize, so I found a great solution. I bought a Pathos Classic MKIII integrated hybrid amp and love it. To me, it is the best of both worlds.
What speakers are you running? I can't decipher "the clue" in your profile. Are they fairly efficient and easy to drive? Thanks.
I think I've got it.
Thanks for the link.
They don't appear to be especially efficient.
The reason I was curious about his speakers was his comment about the Pass Aleph 3. I had one and even with my somewhat easy to drive (91dB 6 Ohm) Tannoys I thought the Aleph 3 sounded a little veiled and compressed as in lacking dynamics. I thought perhaps he had much more efficient speakers than mine but that is not the case. I heard more transparency, dynamics, and frequency extension up and down with the class AB Pass X150 and X150.5 vs the Aleph 3.
When I had the Pass Aleph gear Abe, my setup and room were quite different. The speakers where Silverline Sonatinas (original Avalon style) and are very easy to drive. Because of a remodel, I sadly had to downsize my system or I would still have it. I do have the clues setup just right and they sound excellent in my smaller room. My wife called the Aleph 3 "the sea urchin".
What I'm wondering is:
Where is he getting the Dynaudio drivers?
That makes more sense to me now. Those Silverline Sonatinas are even more sensitive and 'easier' than my Tannoys. Although relatively easy to drive, my Tannoys seem to come alive with a bit more power.
In the past I have gone back and forth too.
I have to agree with you on your Pathos Classic one, I have MKII for the last 4 years and it just does everything right here. Very musical revealing amp especially on 4 Ohm speakers. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!
But, I have a Redgum RGi120ENR too completely different presentation and not any less satisfying. Remarkably musical and slam. Also recommended.
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