I've compared the 1000 to the S300 and felt that the 1000 is simply a bigger/better S300. If you like the S300, you'll love the 1000. As it is, clearly doesn't do it for you, so look elsewhere.
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Richard I have not heard the S300 but own the Ref1000's.
Mr_sukebe I don't fully understand you comments made because they seem to be contradictory, can you explain further.
Richard I own the Ref1000's and what you mentioned regarding the vocals, singer stepped back from the mic compared to other amps, I am not having any of these issues. I am very impressed with what these amps are doing.
What is the rest of your system? and secondly what are the other amps you are referring to?
I have the s300 and had the same initial impressions of the vocals being overly recessed, almost to the extent it had an echo. This amp had an overly long break in time as compared to anything else I've heard in my system. After about a week of being powered on continually this anamoly started to disappear and didn't fully disappear until it was played heavily for several weeks. Bel Canto says 100 hours of power on but I think it is on the low side. Sit back and give it a chance it gets much better. The s300 I have is the Underwood mod maybe this took longer with the added caps.