I've been on the hunt for a new amplifier to power a pair of Dynaudio Focus 260 floor standing speakers that I currently have (and enjoy A LOT!). I went to look at a few and for the first time encountered Accuphase. It was hard for me to ignore how much I liked it. Had opportunity to take home a E260 to try and it sounded really great. When returning the 260 I listened and compared to the E360. There was some difference for sure. Audiable but not make or break difference.
I am torn between the two. At 5000 euro I know I am getting a great amp with the E260 regardless. The E360 is 1500 euro more expensive and it would be a hard push financially. I can't see if I will later regret not getting the slightly bigger amp (give more options later in life.. ?). I am not climbing the hifi ladder, I hope!, and I assume that this will be a final investment for at least 15 to 20 years.
There does not seem to be a lot of information or comparisons on the two online. People generally seem to agree they are great amps, though overpriced. I agree. I also listened to a Bladelius Thor that I liked... but not as much as the Accuphase.
Thoughts on the E360 vs E260? Should I just ignore the internal greed and settle for the E260 "knowing" that its a great amp regardless??
Rest of chain is Dynavector 10x5 > Rega P3/24 > Lehmann Black Cube > ? >Dynaudio Focus 260.
I appreciate any input or opinions shared!