Some of our customers have traded their Spectron amps for the Cherry or DAC4800A. Here's one example found on our reviews page (http://www.digitalamp.com/review.htm
"After some listening with Spectron amp and DAC 4800A amp, I decided to keep DAC amp. I didn't realize how good this amp is until I have both amps to compare. They're both have a lot power, the mid sound about the same, the separation of the instruments give that to DAC, the high is about right with DAC but Spectron seem a little bright for me. The bass on the DAC is fast and tight."
Note that the Cherry amp is a big step up from the DAC4800A. The Cherry PLUS is the ultimate. We also now have the new Cherry MONO (not announced officially yet). The Cherry MONO provides more than 700W into 4 ohms with close to 120dB SNR. The price for new units is less than $2100. We have demos for less.
I did a search on Audio Circle for Spectron and Cherry in the same post, and found these...
"one of those DAC amps would be my choice of all of them" (over Spectron, Nuforce, and Hypex):http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=85729.msg836091#msg836091
"when we put a Spectron amp in the transients were far more rounded than w/ the Cherry":http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=80470.msg795070#msg795070
"Digital Audio Company amps not only held its' own against the Spectron amp it also competes":http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=80470.msg793177#msg793177
The bottom line is that we believe in our technology, and we take a straightforward approach. Our design allows super low distortion and noise (excellent specs) with amazing sonics.
We are not a "mass market" amp company --- more like a specialty/custom shop. We hand build, test, and listen to every unit for each of our customers. We have never sold our amps through dealers.
Here are some recent Cherry amp reviews...
Cherry PLUS review in Stereo Times:http://www.stereotimes.com/amp093010.shtml
Cherry jr review in Affordable Audio:http://www.affordableaudio.org/aa2010-09.pdfIf you have listened to both Spectron and Cherry, please add to this thread.