What solid state amp are you referring to? Inquiring minds want to know.
Super busy day - but popping in here to reply. Not sure if this will satisfy you but here's an attempt on why I did not mention the other amp, not because it is bad - but because it is very good and I'm afraid that others will jump to the wrong conclusion since I did not keep that amp.
Here are some thoughts:
1. Audiocircle has been very helpful to me. For example, I never really believed that a single full range drive would be satisfactory as I've been listening to multiple drivers with crossovers and flat pannels with woofers etc. Surely one small driver can't possibly match let alone exceed the musicality of more complex speakers right? But then I could not ignore the many repeated rave about Omegas. They were intriguing to say the least. Finally I tried and a pair and was 'blown away', so to say. What persuaded me? The many positive raves. I did not get much help from negative reviews so my focus on the things that really worked for me.
2. I also know that many of the equipment manufacturers are small companies, perhaps even with just one craftsperson who has to put food on the table. Most do it out of love of the craft. There are probably easier ways to make a living. So I really want to honor these people - without faking it of course by false overly positive reviews.
3. In addition, I know that a negative review can really impact sales for a company. On a different forum than Audiocircle, I posted some negative comments about a setup that is well into the four figures. It was a large company and I did not think much of it. However, I got a call from one of the company's lead guy and we chat for 90 minutes. It was super cordial and they did not ask for me to change anything. They simply wanted to hear first hand my experience. During that exchange, the gentleman mentioned in passing that my one review had a profound impact on their sales with some specifics. I was stunned. They did not ask me to pull my review and I did not as that would be a compromise, but that made me more sensitive about the impact of written word on the web. (I'll say no more about that company so please don't ask....but my respect for that company just jumped sky high!
4. I also know that what does not work for me may work well for another.
5. Given all of the above, I am very reluctant to list a negative review, or what can be perceived as a negative review for any equipment, especially for smaller companies. Negative reviews really never did much to help me. I received much help for positive reviews such as with the Omegas, Decware, and Fritz's speakers. I am reluctant to do harm to any company - especially smaller operations. The larger companies, if they already have a lot of positive and negative consumer reviews, I am more willing to share my own negative experiences as it is one among many. Logical or not, that's my own personal sentiment.
When I compare, my comparison is a commendation. For example, when I say that the Fleawatt is 'zen-lite' for me, it is not a knock on the Fleawatt at all. It is actually a genuine praise as I am comparing it to something that cost 5 times more, and is a unit that is widely touted as being top of the class for a $1K+ SET amp to match with the Omegas. I've been listening to my Fleawatt for many many hours in the past few days.
6. I do however, demand of myself that I do not exaggerate the positives in any review. If I can't be totally honest and instead, exaggerate, then there's no point in my sharing anything at all.
Does this help? This is why I intentionally not mention some of the smaller company brands that I tested if I do not have a genuine rave for them.