it may be the way most of us can afford them now.....steal
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Buconero117, its all subjective as you should know. Compared to what I was hearing from other rooms that had system retails of well over $50-70K and some hoovering at $100K, this system was very impressive at a retail of around $18K (speakers, amp, pre-amp). Maybe its not for you, I dont care, I was just pointing out one I thought was very very nice and a relative bargain. :)
Conanb, you thought the lower mid-range to bass was distorted? were they playing it extremely loud? Distortion in that area really only comes into play at very high volumes. when I was in there it was never playing much higher than 90-95db I'd say and I never heard anything close to distortion. A "professional" reviewer was listening at the same time I had stopped and they took the guy giving the review aside and asked about a review sample. Maybe they missed the distortion too.
I found three speakers of note at THE Show. The Eficions in StillPoints suite, the Gradients in the Sonic Systems (Amarra) suite, and by Sunday, the AudioNotes. I was sorry I did not hear the ViV Laboratory speakers using a Feastrex driver in the Sibatech room. The Eficions are pretty normal and the Gradient decidedly not.
i had a achance to review the jatpon opera amps, list at about 5k--300 watts class a. they are indeeded worthy performers at around 150 hz and below. however, the upper mid and treble sounded like typical solid state. overall the amp is a dr jekyll and mr. hyde. i had the amp for over one month aand returned it without rerviewing it.
although i was not at las vegas this year, i would be suprised that the when listening at levels exceeding 80 db, solid state-itis would not occur.
the problem wiyh most solid state amps is there brashness in the upper mids/treble range region.d my share.
The AP2300AX amp which we brought to THE Show Las Vegas is a new design which just start to sent out for review after RAMF 2009 show. I believe the unit you had been listening before isn't our final product. We did a lot of change after first design and the newest model should have better sounding performance from low to high of frequency. Of cause it can't be same as tube amp but we try very hard to make it close to the tube. By the way, we'll have couple reviews of AP2300AX from 2 different audio medias coming out soon.