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Bridging an amplifier
Everyone’s tastes and ears are different, of course. Mr Moncrieff may have, indeed, needed additional haloperidol in 2004, I believe, when that volume of IAR was published. Just found it interesting that his choices for the two most natural SS amp... 
Bridging an amplifier
For those interested:http://www.iar-80.comJust one reviewers opinion. 
Bridging an amplifier
Hi bigjoe.I agree with you. Although there are some technical/electrical drawbacks to bridging, if implemented well it can sound as great as any non bridged design. Years back, reviewer Peter Montcrief named his two best sounding solid state ampli... 
Bridging an amplifier
Hi George:Thank you again for your ‘input’.  I’m just wondering why designers/engineers from Constellation, Naim, Clayton, McCormack and other fine manufacturers, who obviously are aware of these compromises, choose to use balanced bridged designs... 
Bridging an amplifier
I am now aware that some of the finest amplifiers around, including the Constellation Reference series, and Naim Reference series, are also balanced bridged designs. Even Atma-Sphere circlotron circuits are a variant of balanced bridged design. Gr... 
Bridging an amplifier
Al,Many thanks for your comprehensive and  understandable post....very helpful indeed!Thanks to all respondents....I must remember that dedicated Monoblocks designed as internally bridged, with potent power supplies and fully balanced, like Clayto... 
Class A Solid State Sound
I guess so much relates to implementation.Both Accuphase and Luxman amplifiers enjoy excellent reputations. Accuphase employs Mosfets and toroidal transformers, while their Japanese competitor, Luxman, employs Bipolar transistors and EI transforme... 
Class A Solid State Sound
Hi George:May I inquire what you might know of those largeindustrial sized NPN mosfets used by GamuT, reported to generate extremely large amounts of current?Nice sounding amplifiers......just curious.  Thanks! 
Bridging an amplifier
After some research I find that some excellent manufacturers that design dedicated internally bridged Monoblocks such as McCormack DNA 500 and Clayton M300/S2000 can build designs that are technically and often sonically superior to units that are... 
KT88 tube amp
The new KR Audio KT-88s are a bit costly but elevate my VAC Signature 200 iQ Stereo amplifier to a new level.   
Class A Solid State Sound
Mijostyn: I enjoyed your Under Seige II reference to assumptions.As a close alternative to large class A SS amplifiers, the GamuT series of class AB amplifiers with 1 large industrialsize mosfet per phase (2 large NPN mosfets per channel) also pro... 
Tube Amps Watts vs SS amp
May want to consider a solid state amplifier with a little more ‘meat on the bones’ to emulate (75% or so) tube sound but maintain the high damping factor and needed power. Consider used GamuT D200 or possibly older Clayton Audio amplifier. Both a... 
Bridging an amplifier
Hi millercarbon & auxinput Thanks for your input. I guess I’m still not fully understanding the difference between a ‘true’ mono-block vs bridged monoblock....maybe I’m getting stuck on terminology. I thought it was more than a robust power su... 
Class A Solid State Sound
 I’ve heard diverse opinions on “pure” (non-bridged) class A monoblock amplifiers (Such as Antileon Evo Monoblocks and others) vs bridged class A Monoblocks (like Clayton M300 bridged internally by the designer or Luxman A600 in BTL mode (bridge t... 
Price vs performance
There is a correlation between price and performance, but only up to a point. Many well known and highly respected audio manufacturers create ultra expensive flagship products that have flair and beauty (gorgeous preamps with magnificent multileve...