.....maybe not, but the MF AMS 35i gets closer than you'd expect.
No, no, no the Accuphase does! lol!
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Lets just call it an AMS Accuphuxman 35i!
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@Cno and Mac
If your amps didn't I'd sling them back... thru the window.
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You wouldn't, you know........they're too hot and weigh a ton.
No No, I am sorry you are both wrong Electrocompaniet amps are far closer to perfect
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"Everything should be as simple as possible, but no simpler." Albert Einstein .
What about a compromise? - AMS Electrophuxman 35i
Personally I am a big fan of the original late 70's NAD 3020, not the A version of course.
A measured response that is flat from 20hz - 20khz, noise, distortion and other artifacts 100dB below the music and a stable and low output impedence such that it would drive any sensible speaker.
And, most importantly, an indefinable ability to 'boogie', as we said 'back in the day'.
We do so many shows in a row,
And these towns all look the same,
We just pass the time in our hotel room
And wander 'round backstage,
Till the lights come up, and we hear that crowd,
And we remember why we came.
I have a feeling that this mythical amplifier is going to end up with a very long and complicated name
Any competent amplifier should be able to deal with any genre of music in a satisfactory manner.
No such thing as a good amp that 'does' one genre better than others because that would make it a bad amp.
HiFi is short for High Fidelity. Don't people understand the meaning of those words, especially the second one?
IMO. High Fidelity (perfection) is an aspirational concept. In reality, some brands get closer than others, and there isn't agreement on which get closest, due to the subjective nature of music.
Most brands have their own house sound, and that often depends on what Class amp they use and the speaker design they prefer.
I believe that certain amps can excel at different genres of music (eg. valve brands like Jadis and Unison Research, for jazz, opera and simple orchestral).....that doesn't make them bad, just less versatile. They would still be "satisfactory" with other types of music.
Any good amp should be an all rounder. Otherwise it should be labelled "best for jazz" or "best for acoustic" or whatever (in other words potential users should be warned if a manufacturer knows a product is sub-optimal with certain kinds of music).
Ultimately it would be preferable for these kind of 'boutique', genre specific amp designers to get re-acquainted with the last 80 years or so of 'best practice' in amplifier design and get it right in the first place! (Rather than attempting to make a virtue out of a failing.)
I'm b######d if I want to be sold an expensive amp only to find out it is merely "satisfactory" because i'm listening to the 'wrong' music for it.
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In theory, I agree.
In reality, what can make an amp excel in one area, can be a weakness in another (imo)....as well as different types of music requiring different attributes from the amp. I suppose it comes down to being a "Jack of all trades, but master of none."
Anyway, what constitutes "good" is often subjective making the whole thing academic...ie. "Perfect" is in the ear of the beholder, and manufacturors will assume people will listen to the thing before buying it....and I would assume that it isn't up to them to tell the customer what presentation is right for them.
If we take 'perfect' to be an individual subjective listening experience, then almost any amp could be perfect. If we are to consider an amp capable of driving almost any home hifi speaker properly and staying within its operating spec, then there would be much fewer to choose from.
I have yet to see any evidence that holds water as to how an amplifier could possibly be better with one particular type of music than any other, all an amp has to do is amplify a signal and not impose any audible distortion, a relatively simple feat for any manufacturer and yet some apparently still fail to achieve it. I would suggest though, that most hifi equipment today regardless of price, is probably rather good when operated within its design spec.
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Have you ever heard a Valve amp and how it compares to a Class D, for example , when playing Jazz / Opera vs playing Drum and Bass / or any Bass driven music?
I have heard a valve amp, yes.
I cannot remember what it was, but I was given a demo of it when I went to collect a Marantz PM75 that I had bought from the owner.
Whatever it was, it was expensive and the owner enthused about it, adamant that he was acheiving some sort of audio nirvana. In a direct comparison with the Marantz, I have to say that I was rather underwhelmed. It's not that the amp sounded bad, in fact it didn't sound any different from the Marantz, so I handed over the readies and quickly left before the owner changed his mind.
The Marantz had an internal 20bit DAC and back when it was released, would have been way ahead of its time. A lovely amp that I should have perhaps kept, but it needed repair.
Back to the original question though, I have still yet to see or hear any meaningfull evidence of amps being particularly good or bad with one particular style of music.
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