I am the owner of the first pair of Golden Cherry amplifiers from Digital Amplifier Company. Their appearance is stunning.The Gold on Black composite with a tiny red light on top to signal they are on, beautiful.. The XRL and binding posts are easy to work with as well as strong enough to last.
I sold a pair of Quad ESL 57’s (all black and rebuilt completely) to a man named Art. I delivered and he inspect for a good hour. He brought me next door. His friend was building amps. So I listened to some Apogee Slant 8’s driven by prototype. I was amazed. That’s how I met Tommy O’Brian.That week I bought his amp. He has exceeded my expectations ever since.
Source : iMac with an Arius Bluetooth. I have Tommy’s DAC
DAC . But one thing at a time.
OPPO BDP 83 SE. Blue Ray
Pre-amp: Audio Mirror T-61 tube
Speakers Magnepan 3.6R’s. high connector supplied by maggie.
The web site for all the Golden Cherry specifications is http://www.cherryamp.com/#!golden-cherry-dtm/c1ibd
The Ahn Trio primarily consists of piano, Violin and Cello. This makes it easy to listen to each instrument,placement,clarity or harshness of each note. A very talented trio indeed and their “Lullaby for my Favorite Insomniac “ disc is well recorded. The piano is clear and each note has texture.The notes resonate and have depth The Maggie’s eliminate the difficulty of crossover placement often found in cone box enclosed systems. What I am noticing with the violin is the softness of each slow elongated note. I can actually follow the bow hair across the strings tip to grip. There is no harshness. The Cello does the same. But what really impresses is the low end. There is feel a to the bass notes. They have power and are still very clear.
I wanted to check the low end further so I put on “Orange Blossom Special” by Three Fervent Travelers. It starts out with an intro by a bass fiddle. Some very low notes. The strings are put to their limit. The vibration of each comes through clearly as low as the Maggies will go. Do to the quality of the signal the Maggies are clearer and seem to go lower than I remember with a few other amps.
Time for some vocals. We start with a live performance of “What a Wonderful World” performed by Eva Cassidy” The same recording I heard on Tommy O’s first amp thru his Slant 8’s. I enjoy her voice immensely so anything less than perfection in reproduction would irritate me. I am not disappointed. Her voice is presented consistently with strength,no cracking or harshness. “Spanish Harlem” performed by Rebecca Pigeon is a quality recording. The intro bass comes through soft but with a punch to each note. They do not just fade away but end. Her voice comes in then piano, guitar and maraca ’s. They all have placement in the sound stage. Each it’s own distinct sound. Very nicely reproduced.
I roll through some Pink Floyd, U2, and Dead just to make sure these amps can put out. They ROCK! “Welcome to the Machine” is new once again. You can hear the piano bench creek clearly under Gegg Allman playing “Bring it on Back”.
So I have Judy listening to the 2nd version of “Lullaby for My favorite Insomniac”. Ok so this is the problem. Now that I have the Golden Cherry amps Judy says I need better speakers for these amps.Wow! Feed my addiction.
I highly recommend the Digital Amplifier Golden Cherry amps. Beautiful to hear and to see. Sweet!