Should I buy something better than Aiyima preamp/amp to go with my BW 606s2 anniversary speakers?

iamthejosh

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I'm a new hifi guy so I read some reviews and bought the B&W 606 S2s and bought an Aiyima A08 amp and Aiyima T8 Preamp and then I plug my laptop into my Fiio M11 Plus LTD in Dac Mode and it sounds great. Is there something I'm missing here by not buying a more expensive amp? If you think so, have you also tried the Aiyimas or anything similar?

I did notice some people ask price range. I could pay up to $1,000 for an amp, but my question is whether it really makes a difference. Most people seem to say that it is a waste to spend that much on an amp for these speakers.

Thanks! First post here!
 

rainsoothe

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I'm a new hifi guy so I read some reviews and bought the B&W 606 S2s and bought an Aiyima A08 amp and Aiyima T8 Preamp and then I plug my laptop into my Fiio M11 Plus LTD in Dac Mode and it sounds great. Is there something I'm missing here by not buying a more expensive amp? If you think so, have you also tried the Aiyimas or anything similar?

I did notice some people ask price range. I could pay up to $1,000 for an amp, but my question is whether it really makes a difference. Most people seem to say that it is a waste to spend that much on an amp for these speakers.

Thanks! First post here!
Hi, and welcome. If you're happy with it, don't stress :) If you're just in a spending mood, yes, better amps will drive the speakers better. However it's a matter of taste, and only your ears can answer your question.
 

TrevC

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I'm a new hifi guy so I read some reviews and bought the B&W 606 S2s and bought an Aiyima A08 amp and Aiyima T8 Preamp and then I plug my laptop into my Fiio M11 Plus LTD in Dac Mode and it sounds great. Is there something I'm missing here by not buying a more expensive amp? If you think so, have you also tried the Aiyimas or anything similar?

I did notice some people ask price range. I could pay up to $1,000 for an amp, but my question is whether it really makes a difference. Most people seem to say that it is a waste to spend that much on an amp for these speakers.

Thanks! First post here!
The amp is powerful enough and has low distortion figures so I don't think that changing it will bring much benefit.
 

RoA

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The amp is powerful enough and has low distortion figures so I don't think that changing it will bring much benefit.
Imho Class D amplifiers definitively have a 'sonic foot print' regardless if the figures read similarly to different topologies.

I am talking about the well known, well developed brands/products ie. Hypex, Pascal, ICE.

My previous active speakers used these.

Cheaper chip amps such as the OP's will likely follow a similar sound signature , albeit likely less refined.

The sound I am talking about is a lot of grip and punch in the bass but in a somewhat dry fashion. Good detail retrieval but lacking a little cohesiveness ... the thing that knits everything together and by far the biggest trait standing out ... dry'ish upper mids and treble.

Now I don't want to overstate this. The above is just my clumsy way of trying to put that 'footprint' into some words that perhaps make some sense.

In reality/use this may be a sonic signature some like and it's more subtle than my (clumsy) attempt to describe it but in direct comparison with good class A/B/G amplifiers it is easy to hear.

I think Class D, at least with non linear power (Switching) supplies, regardless of 'paper spec' have not yet evolved to a degree in which I could happily use them.

Having said all this, I have not heard every Class D ampifier out there but I have seen enough reviews and views about even the best measuring examples of today (Eigentakt/Purify) to gather it may not be all that it is supposed to be.

Words like 'control, detail, dark background, firm bass, crystal clear treble etc ' point to a product that you can admire from a technical point of view, one that can impress on first (even 20th) listen but may be a little harder to actually love listening to and keep for the long run.

Subjective stuff which the measurement guys will object to but my experience nevertheless.

So imho ... yes I would try some £1000 alternatives if I was the OP with the caveat that the speakers used may or may not reveal enough difference to make such an expense worthwhile.

I am not the biggest Bowers & Wilkins fan/follower so am probably the wrong person to advise on that even though my last (active) speaker I bought (and sold) was B&W's Formation Duo's.
 
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