Spectron vs Parasound vs Cary vs ?

I need help deciding on my next move for a 2 channel amp. I will be powering my B&W 802D speakers thru a Cary SLP03 tube preamp. I am currently using a Cary cinema 7B amp as I prefer it sound to the Krell 400Xi that I have been using. The Krell is too hard and etching on highs. The Cary offers a better balance and warmer sound without giving up any detail. I have also been considering the Cary Cinema 2 which is twice the ouput of the Cinema 7B @ 200W. I have been considering the Specton, Parasound A21 and perhaps a Pass amp. My budget is 4K, new or used.

Sources are Rega Planar 2 turntable, Oppo 83 SE, Rotel 1520 CD and Krell KID.

08-10-12: Audiozen
I dare you to name any other class A/B amp on the market that does not have oveload clipping shut down circuits in the same price range as the Sanders Magtech.
As I said previously, I don't doubt that the Magtech is an excellent amp. I also don't question the possibility that the approach to voltage regulation used in that design may be a significant contributor to its high efficiency and cool temperatures.
08-10-12: Audiozen
BALONEY..what a load of crap. Voltage fluxuation results in a volume of wasted current that decreases the available current to watts to the output since the voltage is unstable. The wasted fluxuating current holds up in the amp due to unstable voltage regulation which results in a higher volume of heat heat due to current delay in the amp. By stablizing the current with a linear regulator eliminates voltage fluxuation and there is no wasted or delayed current in the amp which results in lower heat since the total voltage is completely stable going to the output resulting in a cooler running amp.
This statement is, to use your word, baloney. I say that as someone with multiple decades of experience designing advanced analog and digital circuits (not for audio), and having multiple degrees in electrical engineering.

From the Magtech's description:
Audiophiles would not consider using a source component that did not have regulated power supplies. So why use amplifiers with unregulated supplies?

The main problem is heat. Amplifiers operate at much higher voltages and currents than line level source components. These higher voltages and currents forces conventional regulator designs to waste large amounts of energy, which wastes expensive electricity and causes the amplifier to get very hot.

Also, many regulator designs radiate RF (Radio Frequency) energy when switching high currents and voltages. This RF gets into the amplifier's electronics and can cause instability, oscillation, and noise. As a result of these problems, modern power amplifiers do not use regulated power supplies and fail to take advantage of the benefits available from doing so.

Sanders has solved these problems by developing a voltage regulator that is essentially 100% efficient. There is no heat dissipated by the regulator system. There is no high-power/high-voltage switching that causes heat generation or RF problems.

The regulator in the Magtech amplifier maintains a stable voltage regardless of load or reasonable changes in the line voltage feeding the amplifier. It runs stone cold, produces zero RF energy, and is simple and reliable.
What this statement is saying is NOT that voltage fluctuation due to lack of regulation causes other amplifiers to run hot. What it is saying is that voltage regulation is not provided in most other amplifiers because if it were, the regulator itself would cause the amplifier to run excessively hot, especially in the case of a conventional linear regulator (as I indicated in my previous post). Apparently you have misinterpreted this.

Based on your tone, I suspect that further discussion of the matter would not be constructive, so you can have the last word. Others reading this thread can (and will) reach their own conclusions as to which viewpoint to believe.

BTW, it is "fluctuation," not "fluxuation."

-- Al
I'm a bit confused but perhaps what Audiozen is trying to say re voltage "fluctuations" is that in an unregulated power supply the voltage must drop significantly in order for the transformer to produce current. Load the amplifier further and the voltage will drop further and the transformer will deliver more current than its rated value, potentially overheating it?

Al has it right though. Power dissipation, however that happens, is the producer of heat. The Magtech runs cool because its transistors have an extremely linear transconductance function and therefore do not require much bias to eliminate crossover distortion. Most of the heat produced in a Class AB amp is produced by the bias current. The sole purpose of the bias current is to eliminate distortion. Through the use of linear “Thermal Trak” transistors very little bias current is needed to eliminate distortion and the amplifier as a result runs cool.
"I also don't question the possibility that the approach to voltage regulation, used in that design, (the Magtech), may be a significant contributor to its high efficiency and cool temperatures..Al" This statement Al acknowledges the very point I'm making. I had a two hour conversation with Roger Sander's three weeks ago on this very issue. Different designer's, as he explained, take different approaches to regulate voltage attempting to stabilize the voltage to improve the efficiency of the amp.
Some methods work better than others, and in some cases, according to Coda engineers I spoke to, voltage regulation can cause an amp to blow up if not done properly. Again, high heat dissipation in an amp causes the amp to get hot due to unstable, fluctuating voltage. The focus here is LINEAR VOLTAGE REGULATION. To say that power consumption creates heat is not accurate since its unstable flucuating voltage that causes the heat problem. If you take any high powered amp on the market that runs extremely hot, and install the Sanders linear regulator, the amp will run much cooler according to Roger which is why his design is patented so others cannot use it and keep it exclusive to the Magtech amp.
Efficiency of most class D amplifiers are among the specs if not at amplifier manufacturing web site hen at original vendor e.g. B&O web site.

For example, our amplifier, Musician III has efficiency of 92%.

Efficiency has nothing to do with the stability of the power supply (and sound quality, in principle) as Almarg pointed out. Where its important are two areas: a) your utility bill and b) the size and weight of your amplifier.

For example, we have 1300VA Transformer in PSU and efficiency is 92% then "effective transformer" is in essence 1300 x 0.92 = 1195VA

If we compare it with typical class A amplifier where efficiency is about 25% then it needs:
1195 VA / 0.25 = 4800 VA (real life) Transformer. What it does with such transformer its different matter but it adds weight to the amp; and multiple additional heatsinks add cost and weight as well.

Yet, many class A amplifiers are simply magnificent and many are simply ear-piercing machines.