John, don't take this too literal or personal. Audio gear and systems as a whole are sort of like... women... (up to a certain extent). The more time you spend with them, the more you get to know them. If the relationship (or relationships) are positive and enduring - not merely a brief encounters or even worse ...one nighters - you really get to know that piece of gear ...or woman. She (or it) makes a memorable and enduring impression.
But if you're a gear slut so to speak in the sense that you always have a lot of girls on the go, you'll never be in a position to rightly judge the intimate knowledge that only comes from having an enduring relationship.
And I do take what you said literally and personally and TOTALLY Agree
Now of course, I have not had hundreds of MegaBuck amps in "long term relationships", (which would be difficult) but due to the level I have been involved in the Hobby, and the Business, I have a very large group of evaluating criteria that I have used (and refined) for decades.
As well, I have a significant number of specific and critically selected reference recordings that I have accumulated that provide comparative insight into reproductive abilities (that is speakers, not ladies
And of course, one can not truly evaluate gear differences without having it in the same system and room.
But, we can only do with the experiences we have had. My evaluations are not and should not threaten or question the evaluations of others, and were not intended as such.
The sole purpose was to convey, 1) My utter surprise at the mind boggling sonic properties of this specific amp, which I have spent considerable time with now. 2) To provide a path to others, who might never have considered such an amp due to the fact that is seems "purposed" for an entirely different use.
Will it be THE BEST AMP "you" ever heard
? Only you can judge that, but up to this point, I have helped place a good number of these, and EVERY OWNER is very pleased. I might think that some of them will find, like that fantasy woman you speak of, that the more time they spend in her Sonic Arms, the more IN LOVE they will be.