I am looking for dark sounding integraed amplifier within 600e (780$) new or second hand.
Currently I have Yamaha S-A500, first it sounded amazing, but after couple weeks it start hurting my ears with the high frequencies. Playing with loudness knob helps, but doesn't solve the problem. With my previous amplifier (with was way worse then yamaha, actually it was just a some very old music center (all in one even with tape deck!)) i had no issues what so ever.
After this expirience I understand I need something dark. I don't want to change the speakers so far. As I believe even if I change them the issue won't go away (I had same issue with portable rig, bought better player (Colorfly CK4) and couldn't listen my headphones (ATH-ESW10) anymore after couple weeks - high frequncies hurt my ears).
Thanks for advice!