Can anyone comment on the differences between the 2-Cherry and the Maraschino Monoblocks? Specifically in regards to Bass, Tone and Harmonics. To my ears the 2-Cherry has much better bass and more tube like tone as harmonics than does the STM. Is that also the case with the Maraschino Monoblocks?
Here's a thread called "2-CHerry vs 48V Desktop Maraschinos":https://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=167273.0
This sums up the difference in topology....
DTM (Desktop Maraschino) / GCM (Golden Cherry Maraschino):
• one power supply per channel (true "monoblocks")
• power supplies are external/upgrade-able
• triple rail caps on GCMs and optional for DTMs
• soldered Gold WBT binding posts on KING DTMs and GCMs
• GCM has an additional modulator tweak
• one power supply for both channels
• power supply is internal
• Power Pipes™ to connect the supply to the channels
• all versions have triple rail caps
• all versions have soldered binding posts, standard version has Gold Dayton posts and KING version has Gold WBTs
DTM/GCM and 2-CHerry use the same board to start (Maraschino Monoblock board), and they are modified according to which amp they are used in. Some of the mods are mechanical, like the 2-CHerry uses electrically isolated brackets on the boards for mounting to the chassis. The number of rail caps varies on the DTM.
The STM is similar to the 2-CHerry in that they both use one power supply to feed both channels. However, with both channels on one board, and some other design differences (preamp section, etc.), the STM is a "different animal". Measured performance wise, the 2-CHerry and Maraschino Monoblocks are very similar, and they perform better than the STM THD+N wise. Our newest monoblock boards beat published specifications. The STM MK2 is closer performance-wise to the 2-CHerry, but the 2-CHerry has amazing channel isolation. The 2-CHerry's lower impedance to the power supply and triple rail capacitance give it "stump pulling bass" capability, although the KING STM amazes listeners with much of the same.
Sound wise, I'll wait for others to comment....