I own the Mark Levinson No 27 (two for biamping). Having owned several different solid state amps and having heard many different models in other systems, for my tastes, the No. 27 is the best Solid State can do. The No 20 monoblocks do offer a tad 'more' (after much warm-up) but there's not much in it - and the No 27 is so much more practical (doesn't roast you alive and use so much electricity). I could go on and on about the excellent soundstaging (a trait of Levinson), tonal/timbral rightness, absensce of grain etc etc. But the real reason I love these amps so much is their unfailing musicality. Given a decent preamp, the No 27 makes music engaging and enjoyable, and this is something far too amny components fail to do. The Classe CA-200 is a good amp also, but to me does not have the same magic of the Levinson. One of my all time favourite amps is the Audio Research Classic 150. These hybrid monoblocks bring music to life in such a way very few amps can manage.
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