Oh we certainly have a pretty nice size group here....but how many among this group have been able to directly compare any-random-speaker-amp versus the likes of Dark Star, EF-6, Levinson, B22, or whatever else? I personally don't consider the speaker amp talk to be be hype at all. I just think it's a bit one sided that the handful of high power high performance HP amps (none of which I have any intention to ever buy) are automatically condemned as inferior to a 1973 Daewoo It's not that speaker amps aren't appropriate, they are, it's that the few HP amps that are also appropriate shouldn't be dismissed so easily as is common
Sure you pay twice as much for the same thing that route...but it doesn't deserve dismissal
As far as monoblock hype....yeah, that's hype that accidentally started due to the fact that you and HC are probably the most active in this thread and are both running blocks. Nevermind that your blocks cost you both less, combined, than a lot of the stereo amps in use (HC really offset that FVM figure! ) No doubt Elysian's FW stereo + Placette can stomp all of our amps, mono, stereo, or HP, at any price
I have a pair of HE-6 hardwaired with a Zeus cable and currently using the Audeze velour pads. Since I own the Dark Star and I also own a Threshold T50 (which I bought exclusively to drive the HE-6 before I got the DS) I have made the comparison you are asking.
In my personal opinion they are so close sounding that it is very difficult to determine which one is better. I also made the comparison using an Aleph 3 and Aleph 5. I can tell the sound our the Aleph 3 was similar to the the T50 and DS but the Aleph 5 was not as sweet and relaxed sounding.
So I have the DS in one of my Hi-Fi speaker systems and the T50 in th eother complementing the WA5-LE and will keep both for now.
By the the way, you can get the T50 for about $1,000 or even better a Threshold SA3e for about $1,750.
Edited by musicman59 - 10/12/12 at 5:47am