OK, here’s my long overdue review of the STM Cherry Amp. (Tommy, thanx for your patience)
Basically, I’m creating a “moderately priced” retirement system for this 54 year old. Current System
My current system consists of;
Schiit Modi2 Multibit DAC: http://schiit.com/news/news/introducing-modi-multibit
Chane/Arx A5rx-c Speakers: https://www.chanemusiccinema.com/a5rx-c
GR Research Rythmik Sub: http://www.rythmikaudio.com/GRci.html
Speaker Cables (Duelund DCA-16Awg): http://jeffsplace.me/wordpress/?p=9691
DIY Belden 8402/Switchcraft 3502AAU Interconnects: http://jeffsplace.me/wordpress/?p=7325
..and a Raspberry Pi 3/HifiBerry Digi+ as transport duty, running Max2play: https://www.max2play.com/en/
The whole system is run via an IPad running SqueezePad: http://squeezepad.com/How’s it Sound!
OK Fred, cut to the chase, how does the final System/STM Sound!
It's pretty good; I have to say I’m pretty impressed with the final sound.
At the beginning the STM sounded pretty muddy/wooly/muffled and I was not pleased at all. But I have gone through the break-in periods with a LOT of components, so assured myself to just be patient.
I’d say around the 50-100hr mark, things started to sound “right”. The sparkly highs were there, air moving lows as well, Soundstage/3D sound coming in loud and clear.
It certainly was an improvement in refinement from the Aksa Lifeforce 55 Amplifier it replaced (which was no slouch), but I can’t say the wattage was much more and estimate that with my 90db+ sensitive Speakers I am getting around 70W in total. Frankly this is not a problem, because when cranked, it’s pretty loud. Tommy can you hear me!
All and all I am very happy with the size and design of the STM, but man do I wish it had a Sub Out. If it was available, this would have allowed me to easily integrate my Sub. As such, I include the Schiit Sys as preamp duty in the audio chain. Conclusion
As a lurker in AudioCircle and Audio buff, I’m seeing more and more “Killer” amplifiers around the 1K range, so this is a very crowded area, and I spent many many months reading all kinds of reviews before finally settling with the STM.
In conclusion I have no regrets in choosing the STM, and think it represents a very good value in getting into the entry point of “true” audiophile sound.
Well done Tommy!