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Thanks for the excellent review Fred! Are you familiar with the Melody AN300B integrated? There's a rave review by Terry London in home theater magazine. But I'm not sure how suitable 300B based tubes are for rock music.As for your pure black Preamp and M845 monos - how suitable are they for rock music? As rock is what I mostly listen to. How much the dynamics and bass suffers for the SET midrange and top beauty - if at all?
Terry is my dear friend (i.e we talk almost daily). He is gaga over the Melody AN300B and it replaced a pair of Pass monoblocks and a Concert Fidelity CF-080 preamp..almost $30k worth of stuff.!! I've heard the AN300B seevral times on his wonderful Lawrence Cellos and was mightily impressed.Due to his relationship with Hugh I had Hugh send me the PM845s to try either as simple monoblocks or to biamp with my Modwright KWA-150's (Melody on top, of course). They no way had enough oomph for my power-hungry SP Tech Revs, and although were fine in biamp mode I gotta think the push-pull PM version is NOTHING like Fred's M (i.e SET) version he speaks so nicely of (great review Fred!). I ended up staying with the MWs only. By the way, Hugh and his Angel City Audio are great to deal with.
Ted, Thanks for posting the impression. Did you get to hear any alternate/indie rock music with the AN300B at Terry's place? If yes, how did you like it?
If you knew Terry we would all be having a great laugh. He is a wonderful person, a great reviewer....but...his MASSIVE cd collection is 99.99% jazz (with the remainder a good Mercury Living Presence box set). Most knowledgeable jazz guy I ever knew.I am gonna go see him in about ten days. This reminds me to bring Beck-Sea Change and maybe Radiohead-Kid A or something.
That is consistent with what I heard from someone else on Audio Asylum whose screen name escapes me.One point I should have made in my review--Don't judge Melody gear with stock tubes. The stock tube compliments suck and the gear is capable of a lot more.
Yes, it is one of my alltime faves, and a nice alt-rock test disc, regardless of compression. I'm 59 and turned on my sons to all the 60's-70's musical gems, but gotta hand it to my oldest son...he turned me on to Radiohead (seen them twice, including Bonnaroo with him). I call it a fair trade.
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