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I'm beginning to understand what a good solid state amp sounds like

For decades I was going back and forth between solid state and tube amps. Always going back to tubes because solid state just did not have that feel, texture and tone of being "real" music - to me so please no flame throwers.

Several months ago I had a circa 1973 Marantz 250M totally rebuilt. New caps, relays, the works. Also in that rebuild all the transistors and diodes were replace with more durable upgraded versions. As well as a few minor upgrade mods to tweak up the original circuit.

I'm not going to go into the pointless descriptive's. However! with tubes I always sensed more "feel and texture". More of like yes this IS a trumpet or a violin playing and not just a really good sound reproduction of it.

The solid state amps I tried were really good in the usual descriptive ways (some not so good). But they never really attained that indescribable sense or feeling I got with tubes.

Enter the Marantz 250M. A trumpet sounds like a trumpet and a violin sounds like a violin. The feel, texture and soul of great audio. Its presentation of tone and detail was a bit different than my tubes but still wonderful and engaging. Now I understand what good SS sound is and why the debate of tubes vs SS continues to invoke a heated debate.

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Topic - I'm beginning to understand what a good solid state amp sounds like - airtime 08:29:25 02/28/17 (46)


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