i can't speak for the v12 monos, but i own a pair of cary audio slm-200 monos and i don't think i'll be upgrading anytime soon. the amps sound so great to me. wonderful extension, delicate highs, and a lush midrange. i've never heard anything by rogue so i can't give any input there. i seriously doubt you can go wrong with either.
Rogue is an excellent brand.They make the Zeus tube dual mono power amp.!!!.Cary is good too.I am very impressed with my M-150's.You can't go wrong with them.
This comparison was recently brought up over at the Asylum:Cary V12 vs. Rogue M-150
Here's what was said:
I'm not one for reviews and all the typical audiophile jargon, but I can say that on initial listening I far prefer the Cary V12R. Here are the differences I have noticed thus far:
Tone - the biggest difference...I find the Cary presentation to be more consistent with a "tube sound" - i.e. warm, full, fleshed out but without sounding the least bit "rolled off" at either extreme. More depth to the sound and soundstage.
Power - the Rogues take the cake here - having more objective as well as subjective power. I pretty much always ran them in triode mode with my Maggie 1.6's and they never ran out of juice. When I switched to Ultralinear for more dynamic or bass-heavy music the difference in dB and bass response was minimal in my set-up. However, the Cary seems to run out of juice with bass-heavy music in triode so I sometimes end up flipping to UL for this type of music.
Imaging - while the Rogues may have been a touch more "pinpoint" in the solid-state sense of the word, the Cary is more 3-dimensional with an added palpability to the presentation - a sound that I prefer.
In any event, these two comparably-priced amps present extremely different sounds - very interesting. I suppose if you need the power and enjoy deep bass and pinpoint imaging the Rogue may be for you. However, I'm enjoying the warmth, timbre and inner detail that I find to be the strengths of the Cary. Having recently moved to a Cary preamp as well, I am completely smitten with the Cary sound - especially in my system and room. Now listening to Angela Hewitt playing Chopin nocturnes on Hyperion SACD and the sound is absolutely breathtaking...
So, there you go....a little mini-review writtin by a non-reviewer! Hope it helps!
Thanks for your responses, but ultimately I have to make a decision based on taste/$. The bass response should not be diminished because of my Vandersteen 2W. I am really in love with the sound of the Rogue's but curiosity with the Cary mono's is killing me..........I'll be glad when I make a decison.
Thanks for the review from Asylum posts.It's always interesting to hear other people's opinion.I love my 150's Rogues.Right now I am busy,saving my pennies so that I can bring home a mighty Rogue Zeus to bi-amplify my Aerial 10T.Zeus will be on the woofers and the M-150's will drive the mid's and highs.