TEAC AI-501 DA or W4S mINT Integrated? Class D
Has anyone listened to the new TEAC AI-501 DA integrated amp? Class D with 60 watts at 4 ohms, 30 watts at 8 ohms
I heard one paired with Spendors and it sounded very musical, even though it had yet to have a proper break-in. Plus, it is a very handsome unit with its retro meters.
The W4S mINT has more power (170w at 4 ohms and 100w at 8 ohms) and similar good ergonomics and great sound. But it's twice the price at $1500 vs. $850 for the TEAC.
Will be paired with a Marantz or TEAC CD player and Totem Arros, which are 87 dB and 4 ohms.
Also, how import are S/N ratios for Class D amps? TEAC is rated at 100 dB and the W4S is not disclosed.