I saw your post Chris and your theory is a good one.Gray, see my post on the previous page. Saying all amplifiers sound the same is blatantly false. It could be successfully argued, however, that all decent-quality class AB amps sound very very similar.
I believe this is the post in question, Trev.Amplifiers generally only need servicing if they have audible faults, I wouldn't bother otherwise. Most only need a squirt or two of switch cleaner to stop crackling and intermittent switches and pots. All amplifiers sound very similar, buy one with the highest power output that has the features you need at the price. Auditioning them is a waste of time, so is reading What Hifi reviews.
£799 reduced to £599yes i am going to wait until i can go and listen to some amps set up with the kef speakers i use and i`m looking to spend about £600
The human ear is very bad at hearing differences in amplifiers with flat response curves and similar distortion levels. That's why auditioning amplifiers is a waste of time, especially so if you try doing it in a shop. Years ago (when my hearing was better) I auditioned some KEF speakers in a shop. I was really impressed, so I bought them. At home they sounded dreadful with huge overblown bass, so I swapped them for Celestions. I used a Musical Fidelity A1 amplifier for years, but when it went wrong I swapped it for a budget Sony. The Sony sounds just as good to my ears, plus it has a remote. One day, when I can be bothered, I will fix the A1 and stick it on Ebay.Amps that are similar to each other will sound similar.
Most HiFi amps are based on the same technology (class AB, linear power supply) and will therefore sound fairly similar.
Some amps are class D. They might sound different because they operate in a different way.
Some amps use valves. Those usually do sound different to typical amplifiers (which use transistors, operating class AB) as well as each other, because of the wide range of ways that valves can be used.
I feel like you're deliberately missing my point here. Similar amps sound basically the same. Not all amps are similar.
add a matching MF phono stage £100 will get you a excellent phono stagelooked at the M2si but does not have a phono input. the M3si does but costs £1149.00
I moved to a Yamaha amp for £700 and went back to my old rotel..Thanks for advice that might be an option just worries me a bit buying such an old amp but i do know of one for sale in good condition.
+1 for the enduring quality of old amps, just decided not to *upgrade* my old Creek 4140, which happily drives speakers which would be considered way out of its league, as well as modern source components like my turntable and DAC.Thanks for advice that might be an option just worries me a bit buying such an old amp but i do know of one for sale in good condition.