..so, just how impressed am I with the Millenia? I was up until 4am listening with the it last night/this morning. What I've noticed since I took it, ootb.. the sound has noticeably smoothed out. It was on the bright, slightly lean side of neutral.. now, it's smoother, more full, and weighty... though it retains the airy, openness I've come to love about it.
I'm kind of befuddled in trying to explain it's sound signature. I totally understand how many SET owners have found the Millenia to be one of the first solid state amps to satisfy them. The sound possesses a uniquely elegant warmth & extremely refined liquidity.. while simultaneously sounding unbelievably clean, speedy, clear, detailed, and boasting excellent bandwidth. I (personally) haven't heard anything quite like it, actually.. it's, quite simply, mesmerizing. How it manages to sound so accurate and transparent through all this.. I have no idea.
It's accurate.. but not remotely fatiguing, clinical, or harsh. The background is remarkably silent. I've never heard dynamic swings come across so smooth, well controlled, and effortless. The tonal purity is hypnotizing. I simply love linear, wonderfully extended, tight, punchy, fast bass & crisp, airy, open (and again, linear) treble.. but the Millenia's midrange, is nothing short of sublime.
This is, without a doubt, one of the finest amps I've heard the HD800 with.
Edited by FlySweep - 9/11/13 at 2:36pm