I love my 4B SST2 amp with my Thiel CS 3.6 speakers for instrumental and acoustic music. Very well delineated, punchy, engaging sound.
But then there are vocals. I used to think that I was just preoccupied and this is why I was not attending to the lyrical content of music. So I have been trying harder to give undivided attention to my listening sessions so that I can follow the meaning behind the lyrics and thus enhance my enjoyment of vocals in my music. But, once again - even when concentrating intently, I'm only deciphering about 50-75% of the lyrics.
As I mentioned in the thread about the BIT-15 vs the BIT-20, I was fortunate enough to have the regional (?) sales rep - Gary Dayton come to my house for a consultation on a speaker imaging issue I was having with my (mostly) Bryston system. He helped me re-arrange my speakers to restore proper bass response. After this task was completed he got to audition some of the newer gear. He brought a 3B cubed amp and also the new pre-amp and hooked these up to my Thiel speakers and we listened to several agreed upon tracks and analyzed the sound quality.
It turns out that I was able to hear more detail, and thus experienced increased clarity from the 3B cubed amp. Gary said that the 3B cubed had sufficient power to handle the lower impedance loads presented to it by the Thiels. I was impressed.
Of course, now I'm wanting to swap out the 4B SST2 amp for the 3B cubed or better yet the 4B cubed amp. Finances are in the way a bit and really, there is nothing wrong with the 4BSST2 amp. I think I paid about 4200$ for it. I don't want to take a huge loss on it so I'm not sure what my options are.
I might just go ahead and place my order for the 4B cubed amp and finance it on same as cash financing. I would then need to decide what to do with the 4B SST2 amp. I am still in awe of that amp, it is way way better than my previous NAD 2200 amp that I used for years.
Please feel free to offer advice on how to gain that extra 25% of image focus that will help my short attention span self take away the full meaning of the vocal music that I so want to be able to say I really get the meaning of.