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It's weird but it seems like the sound is bright when I first turn the amp on to listen (with the DVD player playing continuously). After listening with the amp for an hour or 2 the sound seems to mellow out (again). I guess it's a case of my ears burning in which definitely needs the amps to be on. ;)
Thanks for your replies.
Larryb and Mark_lp:
The reason your systems sound better after some playing time is that everything gets warmed up and at optimum operating temperature after some use, typically an hour or so if everything is on all the time and at idle before you begin listening. Anyone who turns their gear off and then only listens for an hour or so never really hears how good their system is.
Since Mark and I presumably are both using solid state systems (which most HT electronics are), I wonder if the warm up period is as much of an issue as with tube based systems.
Still, I've also experienced that the sound (and also video) gets better with the second movie come to think of it. Very interesting.