I suggest you buy a Vidar and spend a little time listening to it, as nobody's opinion here will match your own in-home experience...if it sucks you'll know immediately and can send the thing back. I had no idea what a Freya sounded like until I stuck one in my system...it's still there after a year and a half. Also, if your speakers are efficient, maybe try the newer Schiit Aegir as it's supposed to be class A-ish, although lower power.
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I ran a Vidar while having my Sunfire rebuilt. Thought it was very transparent, no grain, good bass, nice imaging. The only reason I didn’t keep it was my speakers are very inefficient and work better with the 600 watt a side of the sunfire. Run through some Revels the Vidar had more than enough power.
Here are a couple of alternatives to the Vidar that are in the price range.I have no doubt that the Cherry Amp is better and if you contact the company, they have a sale going on now. I own a Cherry Amp and I'm a big fan of the sound...which I describe as so clear, its like a layer of fog that you didn't know was there is now removed making the music sound more alive:
Also, another choice that I'm sure is better sounding, this is not my amp but I also own a Halo and it has a great soundstage, powerful low end and a very smooth top end.
A forty + year old amp will soon starting having issues if it doesn't already. The capacitors alone should be replaced immediately.
While I somewhat agree with the above sentiment that SS amplification has already reached sonic nirvana, that kind of misses the point. Sonic excellence has gotten within reach of the lowly budget audiophile. What used to be available only to the well heeled or wealthy for multiple thousands can now be had, for the most part, for pennies on the dollar.
Schiit is one of the price leaders in this regard. No idea whether the Vidar would have synergy with the OP's speakers, but I agree that it should be on anyone's short list. I've got one, and it does sound quite good with 4 different brand speakers that I've currently got.
"I have no doubt that the Cherry Amp is better" and "another choice that I’m sure is better sounding" are both statements that play as ridiculous unless you’ve actually had a Vidar around and compared it directly to other amps. I’ve heard a Vidar and it sounded astonishingly good, and we (a few audio geek friends and myself) were directly comparing it to a Pass XA25 (an amp I might buy to see what’s what although I am happy with my single ended tube amp) at over four times the cost of a Vidar. The Vidar sounded very lively, clear, and powerful and seems like an absolute bargain, and gave up very little to the Pass amp in our little shoot-out. I wish we’d had a Schiit Aegir around as a comparison to the class A Pass would have been interesting.
The only way the OP will ever know, will be to have an amp, in his home, to compare to that Crown. I've been trying to picture it, but......Anyway: what's there to lose, by ordering a Vidar? Doesn't Schitt offer a satisfaction guarantee(I could be wrong)? I know some manufacturers(and purveyors) DO. If so: They're BETTING you, that you'll like their product, better than what you have(so would I)!