I say definitely give your soon to be refreshed 8008ST a fighting chance. Either or both of the scenarios could exist. Though long in the tooth, the Aragon 8008ST is a rock solid powerful amp that deserves a second chance after repair/refresh.
Based on some experience with an Aragon 8008BB, the Aragon is a very high current amp with a lot of power. It definitely has very full and strong bass/midbass. However, I found the Aragon sonic signature to be on the warm and somewhat laid back side. There are definitely amps that are faster/quicker in the mids/highs. It could be that you're just hearing the sonic signature differences between these two amps. The Aragon is definitely a nice amp.
405 posts03-09-2017 2:38pmHello energeezerIt seems that way at this point but still to early. Sometimes a new quality component gives the illusion of being better just by being refreshingly different but over time the flaws show. Plus, like I said, the Aragon may not have been performing as it should. When/if I get the Aragon back up to spec Ill be able to do a proper comparison.
One thing is for sure. The Sumo is no slouch and I would say vastly under rated. A nice surprise for sure.