The Avalon speaker model is the Transcendent, not Echelon. Sorry 'bout that.
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"If I remember correctly you own a Continuum 500 ?
Do you think that the 625 although less powerfull will offer the same control of the bass ?
what are goose bumps ? "
The 625 was easily handling the Avalon's bass, with great control. It may have controlled the highs better than the Continuum. Still, it's very hard to judge without a proper AB test using the same speakers.
Further complicating things was that the Avalons were brand new and improved giantly through the show. I didn't like them so much on Friday, but thought that they had "promise", but by Saturday I was in love with them. Friday they were driven by the 302s, while the 625 was in the system for Saturday and Sunday. The amp surely made some difference, but the speakers were also improving.
I'm conviced that the 625 is a wonderful amplifier, but I love to do some A-B comparisons vs. my Continuum and some other top amps, like the Boulders.
The 625 may be great but Limited .I was thinking on purchasing one and my Reference 2 box Vacuum tube pre is single ended Not true Balanced the Rowland 625 Only comes Balanced ,what an oversite over 80% of all Audiophiles
have rca connectors and considering my new cables Are Shunyata Python RCA Pretty narrow minded in my opinion !!
The Krell 402E is a solid alternative and as good or better if there is no alternative options but Huge. I found the modest size a change of pace.