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: 15 Sep 2019, 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: 15 Sep 2019, 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: 15 Sep 2019, 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: 15 Sep 2019, 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. 😁

jMelvin

Re: Solid state amp options
« Reply #45 on: 25 Oct 2019, 06:35 pm »
I recently purchased a Marantz HD-AMP1 to pair with my Super 3i's and like the pairing quite a lot. Not exactly a replacement for my little Zen amp, which I love, more of an alternative. It's a lower-powered (35 WPC) class d integrated with an onboard Sabre DAC. This caught my eye a couple of years ago when it was released but I had no need at the time. I looked at several integrated amps around the same price but the HD-AMP1 had every option I was looking for, so I took a chance. Glad I did.