I typically get e-mails from audiophiles who buy my amps, letting me know they arrived unscathed & surprised by the sonics. Recently, I received more of a review, from Michael, who purchased one of my amps. His comments were completely unsolicited. I asked him if I could post his words to my blog and he obliged. Here are his comments:
As it is right now, I prefer this amp to many SE tube amps and highly acclaimed solid state integrated amps that have come through the system. It's not as romantic, lush, or other additive adjectives that SE brings to the table, but it sounds more real and clear. I'm around live music on a regular basis, and this amp offers a detailed yet musical presentation that I think accurately captures the gestalt of the artists/engineers intentions. It has more heart and soul compared to my other amps.
$3,000 sound for a total cost of about $150. It kind of feels like the emperor's clothes story….when comparing it to the rest of the overpriced high-end spread.
I'm using this with a pair of Triangle Zerius, and the gain from the amp, along with my transformer volume control, is just about perfect in my small room. If anyone is looking for a great match, a used Triangle Zerius or Titus would be a great suggestion.
Thanks for offering an interesting and great sounding amp at a price everyone can afford. I might be interested in trying an integrated DAC with the ability to switch between my external phono pre to on-board DAC. I'll keep up with your webpage to see if you ever make such a thing.