Did you read Terry London's reviews here and on the audio websites that compares the CODA #8 to $15K PASS amps. He says the #16 is better than the #8. I have the CODA #8 Version 1 and for the most past I like it. It is a little noisier than I prefer and maybe lacks the ultimate in clarity, but I do enjoy the overall sound it produces.
The meters actually were useful for me recently. I normally use the CODA #8 with my floorstanders. At the moderate volume levels I listen to the meters hardly move. There is a new sensitivity setting to make the meters more responsive, but it still does not dance too much for my floorstanders.
However, when I setup my RAAL SR1a headphones on the CODA #8 the meters were moving a bit more and a slight increase in volume made the meters dance. It validated my observation that the RAAL sounded better with amps with tons of power. So the meters are useful for me.
If you send Doug Dale an email at firstname.lastname@example.org he will answer all your questions. He also picks up the phone at CODA.
Tel: 916 383-3653
@audiobrian What preamp (if any) are you considering with the CODA #16. I have the CODA 07x and the Benchmark LA4 and they both are great with the CODA #8. They sound different but I love both. The CODA 07x preamp is also incredible with Benchmark AHB2 amps. My dealer also told me the LA4 preamp was used by a few of his clients with the CODA #8.
@audiobrian, the expense is due to the power supply and output transistor complement. The No. 8 has 80,000 microfarads of capacitance and the 16.0 has 280,000. I’m sure there are other changes with respect to rectification, despite them both having a 3kVA toroidal transformer. The output stage in the No. 8 has 20 bipolar junction transistors, whereas the 16.0 has 56. The weight difference is due to a larger (taller and deeper) chassis, accompanied with the massive metal heatsinks on each side that are much beefier than those included with the No. 8.
The meters also add significantly to the 16.0’s costs. You can get it without meters for $2,500 less (MSRP).