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AMP brands sorted by how they Sound

This list will be updated, added to, or changed as necessary - All feedback and further suggestions welcome.

(Will be doing one for speakers as well)

 

1. Forward/Exciting/Analytical

- Chord; Cyrus; Cambridge Audio; Audiolab

2. Clean/Detailed/A little Uninvolving

- Linn; Bel Canto; Moon; Digital Nad; 

3. Neutral

- Bryston; Rotel; Primare; Griffon; Hegel.

4. Neutral with a hint of warmth

- Classe; Plinius; ATC; Mark Levinson; Creek; Rega; Yamaha; Perreaux; Sonneteer; LFD; Marantz, Parasound; Devialet

5. Bold/Musical/Fun

- Naim; Roksan; Exposure; Leema; Krell; Nad

6. Slightly Warmer/Darker/Richer

- Electrocompaniet; Musical Fidelity; Arcam; Audio Analogue; Unison Research Unico; Quad; McIntosh

7. Rich/Clear/Engaging/Euphonius

- Accuphase; Luxman; Pathos; Sugden; Croft; Audio Research; Esoteric

8. Musical/Delicate

- Lavardin; Coda; Ayre; Aesthetix; Densen

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Great stuff!

Anyone has a clear preference in gear they used?

I score 4/6 in one category and have used gear from 7 out of 8 categories.

Now, after edit.

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you really should get out

you really should get out more

 

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johnnyboy1950 wrote:

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you really should get out more

Tell me about it.

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johnnyboy1950 wrote:

you really should get out more


Biggrin

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Cno, Cno, Cno...

Oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear...

(Puffs cheeks)... yeah... no...um. Some of your choices chimes with my experiences, while others are out of kilter.

Not sure how one can accurately quantify or differentiate the tonal qualities.

The perfect example was when I heard the Moon amp years ago with Totem speakers at this dealer. I had the Pulse set-up and after about 10 minutes listening to the Moon I had to learn sign language, as it made me deaf. It was dreadfully bright, while, strangely, the Pulse sound had a fuller presentation (with the same speakers).

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Euphonius! 

Euphonius

That's going to be my word of the day, what a marvellous word Biggrin

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CnoEvil wrote:

CnoEvil wrote:

This list will be updated, added to, or changed as necessary - All feedback and further suggestions welcome.

(Will be doing one for speakers as well)

 

1. Forward/Exciting/Analytical

- Chord; Cyrus; Cambridge Audio; Audiolab

2. Clean/Detailed/A little Uninvolving

- Linn; Bel Canto; Moon; Digital Nad; 

3. Neutral

- Bryston; Rotel; Primare; Griffon; Hegel; Devialet

4. Neutral with a hint of warmth

- Classe; Plinius; ATC; Mark Levinson; Creek; Rega; Yamaha; Perreaux; Sonneteer; LFD; Marantz, Parasound

5. Bold/Musical/Fun

- Naim; Roksan; Exposure; Leema; Krell; Nad; Densen

6. Slightly Warmer/Darker/Richer

- Electrocompaniet; Musical Fidelity; Arcam; Audio Analogue; Unison Research Unico; Quad; McIntosh

7. Rich/Clear/Engaging/Euphonius

- Accuphase; Luxman; Pathos; Sugden; Croft; Audio Research; Esoteric

8. Musical/Delicate

- Lavardin; Coda; Ayre; Aesthetix

Great thread ! A really useful post. You've nailed it.yes

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Cables next Cno Smile

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Cables next Cno Smile

No Chance!

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CnoEvil wrote:

davidf wrote:

Cables next Cno Smile

No Chance!


Oh, go on! You know you want to Wink

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Cno

You've added Densen to 8 but it's still there in 5. Worth removing?

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This thread is snake oil

It all sounds the same when you play Katy Perry. 

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insider9 wrote:

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You've added Densen to 8 but it's still there in 5. Worth removing?

Thx. Now done.

I'm trying to keep lists on 2 threads updated and it's all too much for my confused little brain.

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CnoEvil wrote:

insider9 wrote:

You've added Densen to 8 but it's still there in 5. Worth removing?

Thx. Now done.

I'm trying to keep lists on 2 threads updated and it's all too much for my confused little brain.


Thanks Cno.

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Vladimir wrote:

It all sounds the same when you play Katy Perry. 


What's wrong with Katy Perry? She's a voice of a generation. Expressed in one song what most teenage boys been thinking all these years.

"I kissed a girl. I like tit"

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