Thanks for reviewing the Opera; I enjoyed reading it. Quite a detailed and accurate review.
post #16 of 46
10/31/07 at 5:09pm
I bought and owned a Doge on the strength of this review.
I'd like to say I completely agree with the review and have to say that it is a reasonable amp for the price but for me, it wasn't a bargain nor a giant killer.
Basically I wasn't happy with the build quality nor with the sound.
Frankly I found the build quality of the parts inside the amp shocking. The thin wires used in the point to point wiring were wrapped in peeling paper. The soldering itself very DIY.
The impedence selector would cut the sound out from one channel until 'twiddled'.
There initially seemed to be a strong bias to the right channel which I tried to fix by replacing the volume pot. This did improve it a lot but didn't completely eliminate it, I thought.
The sound was okay but never really grabbed me despite putting in some very expensive Mullard tubes - CV4004 and Mullard EL84 (need to disconnect the 1st pin for it to work with this tube).
I'd like to do a comparative test against similarly priced amps but I think I would struggle to hear the differences unless I had an extended ownership period with each one.
No doubt that is all very true. The top tier of amps in any given category are very, very good indeed, and very close to each other in overall performance even if they do have specific differences (which they all do).