Attending a DOUBLE BLIND test on Tubes vs Class D Amp
The topic will be: comparing the sound, to demonstrate the differences, of a DSonic state of the art class D amplifier to a VAC 300.1 tube amplifier. This is NOT a contest to see which is better. It has been requested by some members to hear the sound differences between these two type of amplifiers. So we will listen to them and discuss what we hear
Any guess on which I will prefer and why? This is 2 channel
Emotiva TA-100 Pre Amp Emotiva A-300 Power Amp HAP-1Z1ES HDD Audio Player Oppo BDP-105D Blu-ray Player Pro-Ject 5.1 Carbon Turntable Hana Phono Cartridge B&W 802 D3 Loudspeakers JL Audio L110 Subwoofers
It will be very interesting which you prefer. I know what I think know you will prefer. I recently went an extended period of time using a SS system which included (2) XPA-100. Unfortunately I can'tell do double blind. I am very happy with my Rogue Cronus back in the mix. Although that may just be snobbery and bias,
I've been listening to my 3 D-Sonic amps every day for a couple of years now and have no complaints. And none from my friend who has expensive tube amps in his setup. I'm sure he probably prefers his, but he has no complaints about mine either.
Ascend Sierra Towers & Sierra 2 & Horizon Center, Earthquake MKV-15 & SVS PNC12 Subs, Martin Logan FX & FX2 & Motion 4), Oppo 103D and 203 Universal Players, Panasonic 310 Blu-Ray, Sharp 70LE735U LCD & Epson LS10000 & 5020ub, Darbee, Marantz 8802A Prepro, Parasound A23, Emotiva Basx & SA-250, and Class D amps , Mytek Brooklyn DAC, Schiit Lyr2 Headphone Amp, Blue Jeans/Emotiva/Anticable/Pangea Cables
I have a D-Sonic M3-1200S amp with the Pascal technology. It has 600 watts into 8 ohms with 1000 watts into my 4 ohm Magnepan speaker system .
It is easily the best sounding to my ears of the 4 amps I've used in my current system, all I consider damn good. My other amps tried in this system are a Emotiva XPA-3 , a Emotiva XPA-3 Gen 2 (which I upgraded through Emotiva, from the gen 1, Thank you!) and a McIntosh MC7270
Very deep lows, a tube like mid range and airy on top with headroom a plenty, the best I've had, possibly one of the best things I've heard under 10 grand, and certainly under 5 while knocking about higher end audio shops and like minded sonic travelers and their systems.
One doesn't have to go lot of trouble to MAKE an amp sound a certain way, they simply design it with a voice in mind, neutral or otherwise.
I'm very pleased with my emotiva amp, it handles center and surround duty wonderfully and would do anyone proud for two channel duty, The McIntosh for all there rep has nothing on the Emotiva or the D-Sonic for planar speakers duty.
Also Dennis who is D-Sonic is a pleasure to deal with, if you have any question drop him an e-mail.
For those wondering about associated equipment, I use a Modwright LS100 preamp (tubed pre) , a Oppo 105D, and emotiva speaker cable and interconnects that are all well made and do their job quite well, Magnepan Super MMG's (on sound anchor stands) with 2 DWM bass panels and a Salk/Rythmik sub.
Two Channel: Magnepan MMG's & DWM's, Modwright LS-100, Oppo 105D, Salk/Rythmik Sub, Pro-Ject Turntable, Akai Reel to Reel, Furman Elite-15 PF i A/V Add an Emotiva XPA-3 Gen 2 and 3 Salk WOW1's plus Yamaha A/V receiver.