if we speak about sound quality of transistor amps, and differences between them, there's often a subjective tendence to push the better built / more expensive amp vs. the cheaper one, no matter if there's a real differ in sound or not.
We made doubleblind testings between Hifi amps a few years ago, and .... the sound of a 3k Accuphase seems to be equal to the 300 $ sandbox next to it. (good and easy to drive speakers in the setup)
Hmm ... what I wan't to tell is: For sure, sound is not everything, and a well made piece of hardware is always tempting and mostly worth the costs.
But has anybody ever made a doubleblind test between a cheap import and a brand name with better 'everything' (DAC/Amp/Bat etc.)
Curious if you can hear the differ between a Topping and a Nufore, etc. (When you don't know what's playing at the moment you listen.)
Anyone tried such a experiment in this forum?