Are there any American amps you could compare it sonically to?
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Well I've had this Chinese Integrated Tube Amp in my system for a full 2 weeks today so I thought I'ld post a follow up for anyone that's interested.Lets start with Construction & Ergonomics:Other than the few items I listed in my initial review the only negative that I've encountered is, that wonderful Alps motorized volume control is VERY close to the pre-amp tubes & you have to pay VERY careful attention when using it manually(as I painfully discovered).Biasing has NOT been a problem now that I have loosened up the pots interface with the Torx driver required to bias her.After intial biasing I have checked it several times & it remains dead on,with no drift what so ever.As this amp is Pure Tube & Completely Class A she gets pretty hot,but not so hot(even after 10 hours straight use)that I can't rest my hand on top of the transformers.Now to how she SOUNDS:Lets start at the bottom & work up.This little amp has NO problem driving my 4 ohm Dynaudio's DEEP & TIGHT!Whats more it has wonderful tone & articulation,with everything from the notes leading edge through to decay comepletly portrayed.Stand up double bass has real body.Midrange is simply GLORIOUS!Male(Chris Isaack,Dean Martin,Robert Plant etc...etc...)& female(Norah Jones,Pat Benetar,Billy Holiday etc..etc...)voices are rendered with no sibilance or chestiness & are completely natural.Strings have a beautiful sheen & woodiness that is highly addictive BUT(& here is the one area I'm having a problem with)at fairly loud levels there is a hardness or brightness that I can't get rid of yet.Now please keep in mind this is ONLY a problem when it's REALLY cranked up(volume control at 10 o'clock +),at normal levels there is no brightness or hardness at all.Also keep in mind that my Dynaudio Audience 52SE's still only have about 80-90 hours on them at this time,which is why I haven't tried new tubes or other tweaks just yet(I really hope it goes away as the Dyn's get a few hundred hours on them).One aspect of the sound that KEEPS JUST BLOWING MY MIND is DRUMS.I have NEVER had a system that reproduced drums in the manner that this one does.I don't know how to describe them accept to say that they are ALIVE!Imaging & soundstaging are AMAZING.A prime example of this is Mozarts"Adagio"from Serenade K361.This movement is(IMHO)one of THE most beautiful pieces of music ever created.K361 is Mozarts Concerto for Wind Instruments.The Adagio is a series of Solo Wind instruments building to a cresendo of all the Winds.This piece starts out with a solo Oboe & through my system it is placed at the far right(about 6'outside the speakers)& slightly elevated in height.As the piece progresses & each insrument comes in you can actually see thier placement in the orchestra, as well as,amazingly, that the venue where this particular recording was done has rows of instruments placed at higher & higher elevations,starting with strings placed on the floor,reed instruments slightly higher & behind & brass instruments even higher & farther back,plainly evident when the French Horns start playing at about 6'above floor height & about 10' behind where the first Oboe was!To say that I'm happy with this purchase is a total UNDERSTATEMENT!Whatever the type of music I'm playing,be it Classic Rock-Electric/Acoustic Blues-Reggae or Classical this I/A just sings,consistently musical & enjoyable(until that volume control hits 10 o'clock).It's probably a good thing I can't get past that 10 o'clock position anyway,I'ld probably ruin my hearing pretty fast because I would never turn it down!
Hey, I am diggin' this now too. Got one delivered couple of weeks ago. Looks solid and sounds quite good. But I feel that the stock Chinese tubes aren't doing this the full justice. Have you tried tube rolling?
One thing I noticed was that the not-so-well-recorded albums really get highlighted by this, for a moment I thought it was a problem with the amp. But well engineered recordings really start to shine.