Really, what does 'significant' stand for? Best sounding would be a better approach.
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Isn't the H/K Citation 2 on that list? I would not regard that as an old-timer's issue- that amplifier *is* pretty significant- it has wide bandwidth, low distortion and decent power (for the day), and if properly refurbished keeps up with modern amps with no trouble at all. Today they are commanding very decent prices, always a good indicator. If you look around you can find a lot of today's amplifiers that are a tip of the hat to that design.
History will be the judge on the current crop of class D and the like. I would not be surprised if those amplifiers will someday be seen as significant as well.
Jffyg, I'm glad you initiated this thread, because I was going to do so myself. Thank you!
It was nice to see they didn't mess up the number one position, the Dynaco ST70. Still, the most overlooked, underappreciated, looked down upon product in audio. The fact that people do backflips looking for the right amplifier, or complaining about the cost of high-end audio, and have never had one in their system amazes me.
The order of the rest of the lineup seemed off to me, but I guess getting people to agree on that would be impossible.
I didn't agree with ARC getting two places, the 600/610T AND the D150. And, maybe I would choose a different model. Likewise, another McIntosh instead of the MC275. Am I splitting hairs with the ARC and MAC?. But, in my opinion, they did get it right with the Krell KSA50/KSA100 and NAD 3020.
A few that I wondered about not being on the list were the Adcom 555, AtmaSphere M60, Caver M1.5t, Cary 300B, Futterman OTL, Jadis JA200, and the Quad II - all touchstone amplifiers in some regard. I feel one or two of them deserved to be on the list.
No, the only Carver offering was the Phase Linear.
For clarity's sake in this conversation, here were how the amps came in:
10. Audio Research 600/610T
9. NAD 3020
8. Threshold 400A/800A
7. Krell KSA50/KSA100
6. Marantz 8B/9
5. Mark Levinson ML2
4. McIntosh MC275
3. Audio Research D150
2. Phase Linear 400/700
1. Dynaco ST70
How many of my dear audiophile friends have listened to the Sanders Magtech amp? I think that you would be shocked and pleasantly surprised at how good this amp is. It has the power and finesse to drive any speaker on the planet. I know these are strong words, but I sincerely believe it. Just my honest opinion FWIW. This amp is also mentioned as one of the most significant in the TAS thread.