Manley Stingray II...a quick review....

I got the newest version of the Stingray II from Rich at Signature sound a few days ago. As I'm still waiting for my new Merlin TSM-XMr's I decided to at least break the amp in and connected my theater speakers, a pair of Definitive Technology BP2004 towers. These are fairly good "mid-fi" towers that I use in my theater room.

I was warned that the Stingray would have some glare and grain until it broke in, but I connected my oppo player and sat down to some good music anyway.

Point blank the Stingray, in it's 18 watt triode mode, made the Def Techs sound like a pair of Snells. They were smooth, liquid and detailed. They also played with good volume. I was shocked at what the Stingray II could bring out of the speakers and can't wait to hear the amp with the Merlins.

I went against buying the Ipod version because it just doesn't belong on this amp, nor is it the best way to connect an Ipod into the system.

The Stingray is superior, at least to my ears at this early stage, to my very good Odyssey/Rogue combo. I should mention that this is my fist foray into an all tubes amp. I'm VERY impressed. Once I have the rest of the system up and running I'll post a more complete review.



Showing 1 response by kbarkamian

I'm interested in hearing more about the Stingray II after some more break in of it and the speakers that are on the way.

I agree completely with what you said about the iPod version. I have no idea what they were thinking. Seems like a stupid idea. Maybe its about marketing - ie trying to rope in the iPod crowd? I highly doubt too many be interested in a $3400 integrated amp that only puts out 32 or 18 watts when they can get a $1000 watt JVC boombox from Target for $200 or so.

If it extracted the digital data, maybe. I can't see very many audiophiles buying one that doesn't, especially for a $400 premium over the standard version.