Pics and more info would sure be swell! Coda webpage could use some TLC!
@teajay Thanks for the feedback. You got me interested now.
It turns out there is a local CODA dealer for me. I think I will have a listen to the 07x preamp and the 16.0 amp before I put my money down on the Luxman amp + ? preamp. The Luxman dealer is also local so I can do a semi-useful head-to-head comparison.
You are welcome. Please share after you do some auditioning of these great preamps/amps. I still find it hard to believe two aspects about the Coda gear: 1) That based on build quality and performance how reasonably priced their products are. Compared to other very high-end US companies they are really "dirt cheap" when you look at the much higher price tags they charge. 2) This great American company is still somewhat a "stealth" builder of superlative equipment in the US. Highly acclaimed in Europe and Asia, but under the radar here at home.
I contacted Coda about some pictures, and hopefully, Doug will post/link here shortly some quality pictures. Remember, you can get the # 16 with or without meters. The one I have in-house, which is a sexy looking beast, is without meters.
@teajay I am looking to get 2 amps, because I want to be a little foolish in my next audio purchase. I am most likely getting the Luxman m900u. I was also going to get (for the 2nd time) the Benchmark AHB2 but I have always had the CODA #8 in the back of my mind as something to checkout. Mainly based on your review but I have also been reading the great feedback here about CODA for many years.
I spoke with the Los Angeles dealer for CODA and they have the 07x preamp and #8 but not the #16. I will have to rely on your review to flesh out the details on how the #8 and #16 compare.
BTW - the Luxman is actually a little larger than the #16. I was thinking the #16 was massive.
Without getting into a lot of details, I would be very surprised if you liked the Benchmark AHB2, which you owned before, better then the Coda # 8. The AHB2 would not be on my list of favorite amplifiers I have seriously listened to. The # 8 is so much more musical across the board then the Benchmark amplifier. I'm also not a fan of their DACs and preamp.
As I stated in my review on the # 8 its a wonderful piece and insanely priced. You have to spend a lot more money to better it, like the # 16 which is about double the retail price. The # 16 physically is not a "giant" in it's size, but because of its massive power supply is very heavy and dense for its overall dimensions.