SS power amps rarely garner the kind of romantic associations some other components attract. So long as an amp acts the strong, silent type that's about the most I hope for. Better units share common characteristics. Over the long haul, here's my bare minimum requirements: a torodial transformer and rows of external heat sinks. Expensive parts seldom find their way into underperforming products. Couple those two must-haves with a weight of at least 50 lbs. and gold plated input connectors and I'm set. Beyond that, a reknowned designer, Class A operation, dual transformers, and balanced topology indicate the very best. What about specs? A reliable measuring stick may be an amp's popularity with buyers. If a manufacturer sold a bunch of them they must have been doing something right.
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