I started a long thread over in the summit Hifi forum a week or two ago searching for a better HF amp than my current amp which is a Grace Design m903. I was looking at amps between $1,000-$2,500.
8 helpful pages later I have narrowed my search to two amps:
- AMG Audio, 4-channel Sigma/Betta 22 (built by YBM Audio)
- DNA Stratus 2A3
So one is a balanced, solid state amp and the other is a single ended, transformer coupled, balanced output tube amp (using 2A3s). There is a larger audience in this forum, so I thought I would open a poll over here.
Here are my sonic goals:
Not bloated, but solid, detailed, textured bass with more "slam" than the m903 provides.
Sonic Detail & Dynamics
One thing that I enjoyed with the m903 was the level of sonic detail that I can hear. I want to any amps excel in presenting micro details and micro/macro dynamics an amp that can rapidly respond to the demands of a musical passage.
Sound Stage & Imaging
It is already quite good on my m903, but an amp that both translates the recorded space supremely in terms of depth and width and instrument location within the image would be welcome.