Originally Posted by milkpowder
I guess one learns new things every day!
Point taken. After all, it is the final sound that matters. Price may tell you approximately how good a component is, but whether the component synergises well with other components in the chain can only be determined through listening. I might add that my comments are based on a lot of assumptions. Of course, there will be amps that cost a fraction of what they are really worth soundwise. (eg Parasound JC1) There will also be those components that cost more than their sound is worth. It's just from my experience (albeit not a lot), that a 5k amp with a "5k amp sound" won't, in general, be able to drive a pair of 10k speakers with a "10k speaker sound" to their full potential. Hence, not doing the speakers justice.
Having good amp-speaker synergy doesn't necessarily mean that you're driving a pair of speakers to their desired performance (not necessarily the peak performance).
Hence twice the price. 130W is really quite a lot of extra power . Going from a 5k preamp/amp to a 10k preamp/amp is bound to bring a whole lot of extra goodies.
Have you had a chance to try the class D amps? those bad boys have stupendous amount of power.
Also you get the usual suspects of the pass labs and the krells. They have even more power.
I find I would never use the kind of power. It would be more for low level listening. Unless of course I was using a speaker which proved somewhat difficult like a set of appogee scintillas or something nuts like that.
So for my uses desired performance and peak performace don't enter the equation for me. I just look at amp/speaker integration. I find if you can get this then desired performance will come this way.
Can I ask you. If you found the salesperson a little off. Why didn't you try another dealer for the Sonus. Was it a lack of other dealers which stocked the Sonus?