Addicted to Fun and Learning
- Dec 12, 2019
What was odd about the discussion? When I was at the Florida Audio Expo last year, they paired their amps with KEF Blades, and Frank Malitz blatantly said their tubes don’t sound any better/different than solid state, and that people usually hear a difference because they are coming from low quality solid state.
That said, I am curious about the unusual topology (DC restorer circuit) used in the amp. It is claimed to increase efficiency and markedly reduce the size of the whole amp, drastically shift the operating points of the output tubes (apparently), and decrease size & weight of the output transformers. I'd be curious to see some quantitative data on the amplifier's performance. Wouldn't you?
14" x 7" x 9.5" (W x H x D) / 19 lbs
compared to, say, the aforementioned McIntosh MC-275
"full" mfgr. specs at https://www.mcintoshlabs.com/-/media/Files/mcintoshlabs/DocumentMaster/us/mc275bom01.ashx
Price (in 2010): $4500. I couldn't easily find the current price for the current MC275 morph online (sorry).
* And, FWIW, I do use the same screen name at the various & sundry hifi fora at which I spend altogether too much time.