I have the CDA 250C power amplifier from Class D Audio ...
I use it for music and not movies. Still enjoy the amp very much.
Thanks to all who have responded.
If given the choice -- Class AB is still the go-to choice? I was looking at the cabinet again - as a Class D choice is not my first choice - and I can install thermo-controlled fans in the cabinet to bring in cooler air and exhaust hot air... or I can leave the doors open during use I guess.
I will check out the amps you suggested.
I have a Wyred 4 Sound ST-1000 MK2 that I used in my HT setup with a Marantz AV8801 (since replaced by a AV7704) and also for 2 channel (separate preamp with HTBP). It's a great amp with tons of power, excellent bass control, and a very clean sound.
I recently replaced it with Rogue Audio M180 monoblocks which have a bit more top end detail and better soundstage. I felt the W4S amp could go louder with less distortion.
I'm now using the W4S amp in my bedroom system now for home theater and 2 channel through a Jolida Fusion tube preamp and it sounds wonderful.
The speakers I used it with are Legacy Audio Focus 20/20 and Klipsch KLF-30. Both very large speakers and very efficient with large woofers. The W4S amp is an excellent match especially with the KLF-30 speakers which can be "bright" with the wrong amp. Excellent bass control and a very clean and detailed but not "edgy" or "bright" top end.
The W4S beats all the other amps I've owned (Emotiva, Krell, Rotel, Sunfire, Lexicon, Parasound) except the Rogue monoblocks and if I had to get rid of them I'd be very happy going back to the W4S amp.
Class AB is still the go-to choice? I was looking at the cabinet again - as a Class D choice is not my first choice - and I can install thermo-controlled fans in the cabinet to bring in cooler air and exhaust hot air... or I can leave the doors open during use I guess.
I don't think so, no.
I think we are well past this. Which amp and which speaker matters. My current Class D are far better than a lot of Class A/B amps, and some Class A amps I've heard, some megabucks.
The amp / speaker integration matters a lot more than which class of amplifier.
The rest is snobbery.
My suggestion is get a Class D amp you like the sound of, and put a portable digital thermometer there to figure out if you need anything else.
I am not into class D and not a fan of it. Class D amps are fine to power surround speakers or Atmos overhead ceiling speakers in a HT setup. I would never use class D amps for stereo music playbacks.
While it’s true that today current class D design amps have come a long way and have improved quite a bit compared to older class D designs from back in a day like some 10 to 15 yrs ago or older, but they are still lacking body, volume, air, midrange bloom, full mid-bass & bass power and overall musicality in comparison to very high quality analog or class A & AB designs IMO. Class D can usually sound leaner thinner lacking body and volume and somewhat analytical and lacking that lush analog sound and don’t sound liquid and fluid as good class A & AB designs. It's true that today modern class D designs have smoother highs compared to older class D designs from back in the day.
@caphill Class D amps are also analog if I am not mistaken.
Class D amps are binary, but not digital. Weird, right?
They are not "digital" because they lack an Analog to Digital conversion stage, however, the output stage switches between on and off. The rate at which that switching happens is controlled entirely in the analog stage.
I am very very pleased with my two channel system using a Marantz AV8801 as a preamp to my Bel Canto 500m monoblocks. Also in an enclosed cabinet (Salamander), and I have no worries about heat. Prior to the bel cantos I used adcom and B&K amps (200wpc) and moved to the BCs for the extra power and the heat factor. I think the Marantz and Bel Canto work well together. B My cabling was all Nordost but I did change my speaker cables to Acoustic Zen Holograms for a fuller sound with the BCs.
I am not familiar with Apollon. Have heard of Nord. But know nothing about them. Will check both out.
@caphill I admit I don't know as much as others here in A-gon, but as I understand it in the class D space - anemic presentation - is still a byproduct that hasn't been resolved to the same substance and - for lack of a better term - meatiness of the AB class gear. As stated - everything is better today even class D. Which makes it all the more difficult for guys like me with limited funds to make a decision that I need to live with for a duration vs changing out gears every few months or years. And trying to figure out which amp goes with what speakers is a daunting task - albeit - part of the fun of audio. But with the advent of SO many more choices than there were just 15 years ago -- it makes it all the more complex an issue of finding what works and what doesn't.
Reliance on the SMEs in A-gon has been very helpful. So thanks to all who take the time to contribute.