Have you heard the Acoustic Reality digital amps?


Just when I thought that the Spectron was the amp for me, I hear some whispers of another really good sounding digital amp, the Acoustic Reality. They have two actually, a stereo amp and a mono block pair. They use "ICE" technology, developed by B&O. If you've heard either of these, I'd like to know how they compare to the Spectron, or even some of the other digital amps. Thanks.
iseekheils
The amp and preamp were demo'd at a Chicago Audio Society meeting for us. While these were under less than ideal conditions, they were measurably better than another digital amp ( don't remember make & model ) and a Stan Warren modified Adcom amp. Not familiar with them enough to really make any other further comments. Sean
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I haven't heard them, but Ric Shultz at Electronic Visionary Systems (EVS: www.tweakaudio.com) liked them enough to be a dealer. I believe he may even have a demo for sale.

I respect Ric trremendously, have had 3 of his products (2 mod's, one DAC).

My 2 cents.
Sean, I don't know what you mean by 'measurably better' as there was no test equipment in sight, but I accept your favorable opinion. One criticism I have is that connections are recessed into a small triangular well in the bottom of the amp, making use of many cables impossible - the mono amps were demonstrated upside down, which may serve to illustrate. I hope they will address this issue in the future. The amps run cool.

Brian Walsh
I should have said "sonically superior" rather than "measurably better". Thanks for clearing up what might have been taken as a misconception Brian. Otherwise, i agree with your comments about connections. I had forgotten all about that and am glad that you mentioned it. This could be a major "sticking point" for someone that purchased the amps without ever seeing them. Sean
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Any more info anyone?
try acoustic-reality.com