Solid state amp options

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audioengr

Re: Solid state amp options
« Reply #40 on: 11 Sep 2019, 06:01 pm »
I listen to a lot of SS amps as shows, and they usually don't impress me, but I can highly recommend the Well's Audio amps.  Almost tube sound quality from transistors.

http://www.wellsaudio.com/majestic

http://www.wellsaudio.com/akasha

Merrill Audio switch-mode amps are also worth a look.  Very nice sounding but not cheap.

https://merrillaudio.net/element-114-power-amplifier-monoblocks/

jMelvin

Re: Solid state amp options
« Reply #41 on: Yesterday at 04:26 pm »
For $hits and giggles I tried my Odyssey Cyclops with the Super 3i's over the weekend. IMO the little Decware SE84UFO is simply a better match. In fact, I prefer my Fleawatt TPA3116D2 (25 wpc) to the Cyclops with the Super 3i's. The Cyclops seems better suited to more inefficient speakers where it can really come alive. Nonetheless, it's one terrific amp mated to the right speakers and will remain in storage for the present.

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Re: Solid state amp options
« Reply #42 on: Yesterday at 05:21 pm »
For $hits and giggles I tried my Odyssey Cyclops with the Super 3i's over the weekend. IMO the little Decware SE84UFO is simply a better match. In fact, I prefer my Fleawatt TPA3116D2 (25 wpc) to the Cyclops with the Super 3i's. The Cyclops seems better suited to more inefficient speakers where it can really come alive. Nonetheless, it's one terrific amp mated to the right speakers and will remain in storage for the present.
25W is very good to 100dB speakers.

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Re: Solid state amp options
« Reply #43 on: Yesterday at 06:47 pm »
For $hits and giggles I tried my Odyssey Cyclops with the Super 3i's over the weekend. IMO the little Decware SE84UFO is simply a better match. In fact, I prefer my Fleawatt TPA3116D2 (25 wpc) to the Cyclops with the Super 3i's. The Cyclops seems better suited to more inefficient speakers where it can really come alive. Nonetheless, it's one terrific amp mated to the right speakers...

You are quite right. If you owned Maggies, the Cyclops would remain in place while the Decware and TPA3116 would take up residence in the closet. It’s all about system synergy.  :D :D

jMelvin

Re: Solid state amp options
« Reply #44 on: Yesterday at 08:01 pm »
You are quite right. If you owned Maggies, the Cyclops would remain in place while the Decware and TPA3116 would take up residence in the closet. It’s all about system synergy.  :D :D

Yup .. system synergy. I have several pairs of nice inefficient speakers (including Maggie's) to pair with the Cyclops, which is why I keep it. 😁