The recording of the Stravinsky Firebird referred to in my review is of course the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati.This is a recording of the complete ballet.
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On a whim - I tried out my Lessloss Signature power cords on the Merrill Amps - I am going directly into my outlets.
Going into this test I was not expecting any improvement since the sound was already quite good with the TWL.
I have Wisdom Audio L75 speakers so I am using these on the planar magnetic portion only (240Hz-20kHz)
However, to my pleasant surprise, there was a significant increase in musicality.
The speed and timing definitely improved - and I could hear more detail - and also better imaging as a result.
Of course, the Lessloss Signature PCs are $1300, whereas the TWLs are $300, so in theory one should expect an improvement.
But I guess I was a little surprised at the level of the improvement - it really showcased what these amps could do
Has anyone else had a similar experience or heard improvements swapping power cords?
To All: Welcome to the club! Over a year ago I heard that Hypex was coming out with the new Ncore amp modules. That summer I had the opportunity to hear the NC400 DIY amps in my and other systems. I was shocked at what these new class D amps could do. At that time I was looking for an amp for my system that could do it all. But I new that the NC400 would fall short of the level that I was looking for. So I decided on acquiring the NC1200. I figured that the "big brother" would have what the "kid brother" was just a little short on.
I had already demoed many other amps in my system. Some I owned and others I just tried. All were very good. But many fell short in one way or the other sound wise. However at the time there were two amps I thought sound wise might fill the bill. But they each had drawbacks. The Pass Labs Class A monos, wow sound wise, HOT, HEAVY, use TOO much electric, and $$$$ (just the 100 watt is $16,500). Then the Spectron monos. They needed all the options to sound their best and then I was over my budget. And a few minor issues.
I then had the chance to hear the Veritas in my system. End of game on so many levels. First and foremost the sound. Plus not hot, heavy, little electric, or very $$$.
IMO you would have to spend a lot more to compete sound wise.
On the power cables all I can say is it is a hit or miss deal. Some I know tried very costly cables that made things worse. I would say demo before you buy. And let it stay in the system for at least several days, more if you can.
I can tell you that it is worth upgrading to the Stillpoints Ultra SS footers over the Mini that come with the Veritas. Email Merrill about it.
It is an easy to hear improvement. And it was in more then one system.
They clean up the sound, more focused, the instruments are more distinctive and musical. All in a very natural way. Now as owners we all know that these amps already do this but you are missing their full potential.
Actual, I would recommend using the Mini or the SS under all your equipment. So far they have made an easy to hear improvement on anything I have tried them on.
Here is the Dagogo review
One thing is certain, the Merrill Audio Veritas was designed and built with a much greater purpose in mind. Its ability of delivering things like subtle dynamic shadings, expression, and emotion are skills and talents that are not in the vernacular of such amplifiers; and so too is its price. The Merrill Audio Veritas challenges audiophiles on many fronts. It is a high-end, high performance power amplifier with an MSRP of $12,000/pr. and it must be judged in these absolute terms without the crutch or footnote of its topology. It is only then, that the real value of what is being offered here can be fully appreciated. The Merrill Audio Veritas is a sonic delight that is not only engaging but rises to the status of a guilty pleasure. A hearty congratulations to Merrill Wettasinghe for an outstanding product execution. The Veritas is not only a beautifully crafted amplifier to the eyes but also to the ears. Highly recommended.
hfl - Thank you for a tremendously well-articulated review, albeit, I seem to be a bit late to this party! I am currently seeking an upgrade to our 12 yr Simaudio W-5, and the goal is very much like your own as-stated above. As professional musicians, my wife and I often utilize our 2-channel system for recording project edits, etc. We auditioned a pr of Pass xa60.8's, but were disappointed when compared to the W-5 (strange as that may sound to many), partic. where low amplitude presentation was concerned. We will have an opportunity to audition a x250.8 soon to hear if any improvements. Another on our radar, interestingly enough, is a SET design by NAT (Se2Se monos). The Veritas have piqued my interest greatly, and I hope to audition as well - Again, thank you for your perspectives!