Originally Posted by project86
I apologize if it seems like I am over-promoting the M-Stage, but I do have some input on this matter.
I have to find some pictures, but from what I remember there were several places where the M-Stage has BETTER construction than the Lehmann. Specifically I remember some heatsinks on the Matrix being more robust, and also the cables that connect the rear RCA jacks to the PCB. The Lehmann appears to be directly soldered to the PCB (looks flimsy) while the Matrix uses beefy snap in connectors.
I highly doubt these things make a difference, just as I highly doubt the "audiophile" RCA jacks make a difference. I'm just pointing it out. In the end people will probably believe what they want based on their preconceptions, and even a direct comparison will probably not change their minds. (note that preconceptions can go either way).
I tend to believe that a good solder join is superior to a crimp, a good soldier job would not eliminate the direct contact of the wire to metal though some may get through. A snap in connector would serve as an definitive extra connection as the signal now traverses the wire through to the crimped connector before making contact to terminals.
Originally Posted by BlackstoneJD
Well if it doesn't measure up I'd rather put the $300 toward a real Lehmann.
Looking at the photos the, on the German amp, care was taken to twist the transformer wires going into the PCB. This was not done on the Chinese amp. The twist is to reduce RMF interference, whether this makes a difference is very much debatable. What this does show is that the German amp took the effort and this philosophy may well manifest itself in other areas of the build.
This doesn't mean the BCL will sound superior - but judging by your post here, I think you are inclined to go with the security and goodwill of the Lehmann brand. I console myself with the made in Germany label - which ultimately means very little around here.