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Bigshow, what do you mean 'more involvement'?

I remember my first Atma-Sphere. It was the M60.
The amp it replaced was the Counterpoint SA12, no slouch. Actually quite musical.

What you will get, from the first note, is a clarity in the midrange that's smile inducing. With an OTL the highs are just as crystal clear.

You don't want to tell us the brand you're getting, which is fine.
With A-S, the base is absolutely fabulous.

I have the Tenor Wi 75 OTL in house. It can't compare to the A-S, but is still great in the midrange and treble.

I will put forth: any OTL, regardless of price, will beat Audio Research.

Involvement?, hell yes, but it is self induced. You will be so enamored with your amps, you will WANT to do stuff. No words can convey how incredible the VH Audio CuTF capacitors are. Yes they are expensive, but the OTL allows all their glory to shine through.

Dare I say, once an OTL owner, nothing else will do.

My crystal ball: there will come a day when differential (balanced) amplification is finally given it's due. Is the amplifier you're going to buy fully balanced?. Please note, an XLR connection on the back does NOT guarantee its a balanced circuit.

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