Originally Posted by joeyjojo
I'm surprised nobody picked you up on this. Care to elaborate?
Honestly, a fully decked B22 is still one of the smoothest sounding SS amps I've heard <$1K. It competes very well with some of the other production amps out there like the Mjolnir, Soloist, Violectric, etc. You start to hear some of its flaws and dated designs when you hike above that price range. For example, the first time I heard the B22, I thought this was it. Great sound, good power, and you can design it the way you want = Perfect, right? Well, that is true until you stretch your budget a bit further and delve into the 1500-3000 price range. Now you have some stiff competition, with many designers that know exactly what Hi-End enthusiasts want, and plenty of what they don't want. Now that I've heard some of the higher end SS, Tube, and hybrid amps - the B22 sounds good instead of great. Still a very capable design and product, but the B22 isn't the ceiling by any means.
When you factor in how much it costs to design a 4-Board, 2 PSU, full loaded (meaning premium caps, res, rca's, pot, etc.) you are talking about $1200+. I know my B22 has cost me atleast that much, and I haven't invest everything I can into it. After buying the GS-X MK II, I don't know if I will. It seems like a fruitless battle to do so.
I'm not saying by any means the B22 is bad - no way - it is a good amp and if I had to do it over again, I'd probably just build a 2-Channel, 2 PSU design and be done with it. I can't tell you if the 4-Board makes a difference in sound to me because I hardly remember what a 3 channel sounds like... In hindsight, it would be more cost effective and a better value for sure, but that's just the way it goes. I may sell my B22 or keep it, but it does bring you a bit of self-gratification that I (you) built it from the ground up. If you don't have the skills, well then you are still getting a really good amp.
Originally Posted by preproman
Yeah Greed, what you trying to say - You trying to start a fight?
I know, I speak fighting words don't I?
Edited by Greed - 8/12/13 at 12:38pm