roberjerman

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How far have ss amps really come in the last twenty years?
I will put that BEL 1001 amp (first production one!) up against any of today's pricey gear! For too long audiophiles have been conned into the belief "spend more, get more"! So a $10K amp has to be sonically much better than a $1K amp? And a $50K ... 
How far have ss amps really come in the last twenty years?
@mrdecibel : I have never been in a rock band and my hearing is still good! Right in front of me to my left is a Richard Brown Electronics Lab BEL 1001 amp (serial no. 0001). A favorite of Harry Pearson's from 1980. This requires an IEC cord - for... 
How far have ss amps really come in the last twenty years?
@mrdecibel : I probably have more amps (both SS and tube) on hand (along with speakers) than you do! So I can speak with some experience! And I agree with you that Class D is an interesting development - though I was aware of it long ago with Infi... 
What a sad world we now live in.......
Tower also had a great selection of magazines! How a 130 store chain could disappear is ominous! 
What a sad world we now live in.......
@simao : I too miss going to a local record store and looking through the bins for something new and unexpected! I wish Tower was still around! They had most everything - particularly jazz and classical! 
Mono Recordings
Mono jazz recordings from the Fifties have some of the best sonics! Partly due to an all-tube recording chain without multi-tracking and noise-reduction. 
Help, is 15 watts p/c enough for a small room
Get that new NAD 3020 with the Class D output stage. Avoid that ancient Pioneer! 
How far have ss amps really come in the last twenty years?
If you want to hear an amplifier sound "different" get a tube amp with an output impedance of several ohms! Ohm's Law rules here! A frequency response that will follow the varying impedance of the typical speaker. 
How far have ss amps really come in the last twenty years?
All today's SS amplifiers measure exceedingly well in all parameters! Sonic neutrality is the order of the day! To say that amplifier A sounds "better" or "blows away" amplifier B is to be guilty of delusional thinking! Measurements rule - not "my... 
How far have ss amps really come in the last twenty years?
SS amplification reached sonic equivalence decades ago! If you think that amplifier A sounds better than amplifier B, remember it is only in your mind - not in Reality! Expectation bias is the ruling factor here when trying to ascertain amplifier ... 
Value, if any, of vintage TT and tone arm.
+1 Elizabeth! What a great combination - a Garrard 301 and an SME 3012! A true heirloom setup and worth passing to future generations! 
Help, is 15 watts p/c enough for a small room
Yes, but 12 X 12 is a BAD sounding room to begin with! A pair of Heresy's will play loud enough to cause permanent deafness with 15 watts - but do you really want to lose your hearing? 
Review: Fosi Audio TDA7498E Mini Hi-Fi Class D Integrated Amp 160 Watts x 2 into 4 Ohms
Made in CH*NA? Jeez, where has patriotism gone! 
Review: Fosi Audio TDA7498E Mini Hi-Fi Class D Integrated Amp 160 Watts x 2 into 4 Ohms
It will work well with a pair of small speakers that don't drop below 4 ohms and roll off bass at 40 - 50hz. Stay away from Wilson's and Magico's! 
Review: Fosi Audio TDA7498E Mini Hi-Fi Class D Integrated Amp 160 Watts x 2 into 4 Ohms
Just wait until you connect it to a pair of Apogee Scintilla's (1 ohm!) - and it melts!