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RE: I have a pair of 1962 vintage Model 9's

Let's just say I've been on this hobby since 1985. And I have heard some very fine amplifiers, including very expensive Audio Research and Conrad Johnson tube types.

And I have heard the Marantz 8B which I owned, and the Marantz 2.

The Marantz 9 is the best I've heard to date. When people talk about tube amps having "soft" clipping behavior with benign low order harmonics, they are generalizing. Not all tube amps are like this.

The Dynaco Stereo 70 doesn't clip very symmetrically. It runs out of steam and you know about it.

The Marantz 9 is so well designed you can't hear it clip. Even subjecting it to the loudest whacks of the widest dynamic range recorings (Telarc, etc.).

It comes at a price of course!


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