Originally Posted by mulveling
I think it's incorrect to assume that's what the list was for. He added me to that old list way before I owned any Singlepower gear, after we wrapped up a mutually beneficial & friendly deal on a Gilmore amp.
Correct - I know Blutarsky was on the list and he didn't own a SP amp either.
Blutarsky is still on my list though, as is Sherwood, wiatrob, Luminette, Asr, mrarroyo, Skylab, HiFlight, Jamato8, namaanf and plaidplatypus. BTW, none of them have SP amps except Skylab - can he stay on my list of cool head-fiers? Wait, I have an SP amp, do I have to remove myself now?
In defense of why I have an SP amp - In my case, I was at a head-fi meet in July and listening to a Meridian CDP and Headroom balanced desktop with HD600 with plans to buy a balanced amp. I was tired of listening to my HD600 from the APogee XLR out. I listened to the "Transparency" and didn't like it one bit, while the ES-1 wasn't as good with Lambda Signature as my Woo GES prototype (but better with O2 I think, and great with the HE90). But, towards the end of the meet Mikhail tried to convince me after 10 or 11 requests to listen to his "new 2008 rev Square Wave XL balanced amp" and I finally acquiesced. I had originally ignored it because of the dual volume knobs and lack of other features like the HR. I listened and loved it with my balanced HD600 and Apogee mini-DAC (later I was able to upgrade the WA6 to a high level of SQ as well).
He claimed the demo unit was a modified upgraded version, with blackgates, and he claimed it would sell for about $1500-1700 new but it was a used demo and he offered it to me for $850 (now selling this model for $1249). After my sob story of being disabled and unemployed, Mikhail only charged my credit card for $690, which I think was very generous. Maybe he's had other acts of generosity that have gotten him in trouble financially now (how much does a plane ticket to Tom Hankins cost), or they were a form of penance for causing other customers bigger trouble?
The amp does sound very good and having done some side by side comparisons with a few other people it is on a similar level as my maxed WA6 and Blutarsky's Zana Deux or Melos SHA gold, and slightly better than Mulveling's Gilmore Reference (formerly plaidplatypus's). It is good enough to be a person's only amp, and maybe that (and his winning personality) is why people keep going back to SP for more amps. I know mine will never go up for sale, but I do worry about the rattle in the plastic power brick sometimes...