cant tell you how many times in the past that i thought the sound of an amp after 2 or 3 or 4 days sounded incredible - only to be disappointed after a month - please dont call this a review - its very deceiving
not saying this amp isnt incredible - i love franks products in general
be a little bit more responsible - before posting so called reviews
This definitely was a review. I don't need to have a piece of gear in my system for weeks to decide if I like it or not or to be sure of what I am hearing unless the gear is not broken in or I am unfamiliar with a piece of music. The amp was fully broken in and I used music that I was very familiar with and like. I can usually tell in the first few minutes of a song as to whether or not I like a piece of gear. In addition, I have my reference system as a point of reference. And if you have read all my reviews of Frank's gear, I am always comparing it to my gear which costs thousands more. It is not hard for me to tell whether the amp has the same musicality, detail, resolution, sound stage, separation between instruments, tone, bloom, bass, treble, brightness, warmth, PRAT as my reference gear.
I loved the sound of the SET 400. It's mid range was much better than my Pass. However, I felt the amount of separation between instruments was better with the Pass. The sound stage was also wider and deeper. I could tell this after just a few songs.
People can take my reviews with a grain of salt as every review should be, especially from the Pro reviewers that rely of income from the ads that the audio companies take out in their magazines. In addition, you never know how a piece of gear will sound in your own home with its own acoustics and how it will match up with your own gear.
I think that most people that have read my reviews and bought that piece have agreed with my reviews from the private emails that I have received.
I can certainly see your point about having a piece of gear in your system for a month or two and you find out that you may not like it as much. I have only had that problem with my Parasound A21 amp which I found fatiguing with some types of music. But that is why I don't like bright sounding gear. I reviewed the 600R amp and it has many attributes that I like but it was a little bright sounding in my system and I posted it. I have 2 friends that have that amp and it certainly is not bright in theirs. I knew right away that that amp was not for me and keeping it in my system for a month would not have changed my opinion. Same goes for the Spatial Audio speakers that I had on loan. My Maggies were better plain and simple from the first song.
You don't have to read my reviews and you are not giving the people that read them enough credit to see the review for what it is.
People on this forum are very knowledgeable.
One other thing to note with my reviews, I usually try and have a few audiophile friends over to listen to the gear and get their opinion. For the SET review my 27 year old budding audiophile son reviewed it with me and agreed with every thing I heard.
There's my 2 cents and I won't respond any further.