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I agree that the VSX-1019AH does detail very well while not sounding clinical. I too would rate the 1019AH to be a bit better than the Ampino.Yup, it is ever so slightly edgy, and unfortunately, that ever so small slice of harshness is fatiguing for me. It's my overly picky ears I admit it. So while it does some things better than my tube amplifiers (bass control is one of them), I wouldn't be able to have prolonged listening sessions with the 1019AH.I suspect that for more robust ears, the 1019AH will be an excellent value amplifier that may very well replace separates.I could not say if the 1019AH has the PAC011A amplifier modules. Is it obvious if I take the thing apart? If so, I may do that if I'm able to find the time over the next couple of weeks.
Some bybee filters would do a lot to clean up the bit of hotness you hear.
I have a Felix with Bybees and it's a great upgrade, no doubt. But bybees seem to be particularly helpful in these hybrid type receivers. Do the fuse swap AND the bybees!
Bybees are hardly thousand dollar tweaks. I'm just saying that when people start to find these receivers a bit fatiguing (and they will), a pair of strategically placed bybees can really help tone that down, while still keeping all the speed and low level clarity that is enamoring.
So a linear power supply that has a larger transformer and more filter capacitance in an effort to maintain a low-ripple DC power reserve has absolutely no effect on the amplifier circuit and resulting sound? Interesting. Steve
I was asked to come here, but after reading the posts there is not much that I can say. I currently use a 919 and I do find the sound quality to be indistinguishable from the 912 that I had before and that I did some extensive measurements on. I have not measured the 919. That said, I have long disbelived in the cult of amplifiers as to their being notable differences in all amplifiers. I have seen some poorly designed amplifiers that were audible and of course all tube amps will sound different, but as to there being any real differences in "good" solid state amps, well, I am sorry, I just don't accept that. Further, it has never been shown in a scientific study to be the case while it has been shown, on numerous occasions, that people will claim to hear a difference when in fact no difference exists (they were actually the same amp.) It does make one wonder.
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