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In Reply to: RE: Parasound A21 VS SST Son of Ampzilla ll posted by stereo5 on August 08, 2017 at 17:42:15
I own the Parasound Halo A21 and I know nothing about the Son of Ampzilla II. All I can tell you is that I'm very pleased with my A21, especially considering its price. If you decide to buy the Son of Ampzilla II, you can get it for $3500 from Hi-Fi Heaven. Personally, I would stick with Parasound. It has slightly more power and it turns on-and-off automatically although I leave mine on continuously. It seems to still be working well after 5-years. I think it sounds great with my Thiel CS3.7 speakers, too. I would save a thousand dollars and stick with Parasound, but that's just me. Like you, I'm also using a tube preamplifier and my system sounds awesome.
A friend gave it to me to repair. It had a Rega tonearm that needed a new five pin connector installed.
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Do you find your amp to be on the detailed side or more the warm side?
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The A21 is not what I would consider warm, but it's also not detailed in the sense of being analytical. I think it's a neutral and transparent amplifier. If you're looking for warmth, maybe you should consider different speakers. I think speakers might have more impact on that sort of sound than a solid state amplifier. On the other hand, maybe a tube amplifier might bring out the warmth you're looking for. Another thing might be different speaker placement.
I had a rather interesting experience just last week. I got out some small B&W speakers I bought five years ago just before buying my Thiels, and I've been having a lot of fun listening to a completely different sound. In fact, these things are definitely warm. Check out my post at the link below.
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