I owned a Pass Aleph 3 which I bought used for $1300. I sold it and bought a Monarchy SM70 strictly to save some $$$$. The reviews and press and actual consumer reaction to this amplifier suggested its value was impassable. After living with it for approximately 2 months, I would have sold anything to get my Pass back. The Monarchy is not as dynamic, does not have that black background, and is less smooth sounding. I do not think at all that it lives up to its reputation. I will tell you that at the time I was powering Nautilus 804's which do require some power, but the Pass's advantage was for more than the extra 5 WPC. I suggest saving for a Pass Aleph3 or possibly a new Volksamp which you could check out at their website. The Monarchy sounds like its price - not aweful but not a value either.
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