Nice review Amir! Lots of Power. I dislike fans too: I purposefully chose silent SSDs for my MAN301, as the noise of my LG fridge, HVAC even in the Winter (less noisy than the A/C units in the Summer, but well audible), do already come through the open space of the ground floor. I change thermostats thresholds for the fridge and the house when I wish full immersion into Music. Last night I was listening with some attention to the soundtrack of Arrival: the wide dynamics of the recording would have been somewhat spoiled by the fridge compressor and the propane furnace. So, I listened in the colder temperatures and worried about unavailability of a 3 centigrade Coke Zero for later...the Crown fan would have perturbed my listening experience. I suspect the volume I was listening to
home alone would have triggered the thermal succor of the fan.
I suspect it is Class AB amp (thermal fan management, no testing for switching noise), I do not like anything but balanced connection, and I do not wish to become educated about assembling bare wires into tiny receptacles.
So, this Amp is a pass for me.
I agree with some of the comments here: knowledge transfer between Pro and Consumer branches of electronic audio is for the benefit of both, so it is a welcome and precious feature of ASR that teaches me more about the subject.
I am always very happy when I read a new impeccable review from Amir: they are reference level explorations into the essence of electronic machines, enlightening my day and elevating my limited but progressing grasp of the subject. They have achieved a level of precision and academic rigor well beyond similar offers from other self-described expert reviewers, surpassing them by many orders of magnitude. I suspect that a good portion of the criticism I occasionally read in the forums is based on envy.