Originally Posted by luisdent
I have to disagree. I look at the review as letting me know that someone tested it to be pure. Would you want a cloudy diamond in your ring? Wouldn't you want a reviewer to let you know he found the diamond to be perfect? Or any review showing that something is high quality and works well. In regards to an amp, being high quality means being 100% transparent with no flaws. If you want a colored sound there is nothing wrong with that, and you would look for reviews showing that. I don't want colored sound any more than I want colored headphones. :-P
You're 100% right. Especially for amps that claim to be 100% neutral, there need to be objective reviews covering all aspects of the amp with measurements to verify the maker's claims that the amp is indeed, 100% neutral. What I meant in my statement refer only to subjective reviews, which is the huge majority of the reviews out on the internet. It'll be great if NwAvGuy can review the C5 but unfortunately, he disappeared off the grid since late last year.....
Originally Posted by miceblue
I think people would appreciate an all-black version, like the C421. I've seen a few people disappointed by the lack of an all-black option, for the time being, and given the current choices of colours they would pick the silver one. Black offers a sleeker, more low-profile/conservative kind of look in my honest opinion, as black coloured electronics are quite commonly found.
I wonder how popular the slate option will be. It certainly looks nice, don't get me wrong, but it's not a typical colour offered in electronics.
Maybe John can offer it as a limited run. Personally I prefer the slate to the silver, but the red is just too tempting! I love the red and silver combination.
Originally Posted by Dojomoto
The C5 uses an OPA2227 stock. It was mentioned either in this thread or on their Facebook page that you could request the 8620 if you desired it instead.
Hmm, on the C421, the OPA2227 version was slightly warm, while the 8620 version was more neutral. In this case, the C5 was designed around the OPA2227 to be 100% neutral, so I'm not sure what changing to the 8620 will do to the sound since it can't be anymore neutral (i mean, you can but you won't be able to hear it). Maybe John will see my post and is able to comment on what the 8620 will do.