Are there any other amplifiers like the A18 that sound similar to tubes?
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It's quite good for the price, IMO. Especially if you tweak it with better op-amps.
New to the thread expect HD800 to arrive tomorrow anyone else familiar with this HP and Meier Daccord and Corda Classic. They pair well with the T1 but unclear how they'll work with the HD800.
Last month I had the sublime pleasure of instant comparisons between HD800, HD700 and Beyer T1 on the Luxman P700-u in a shop here in Tokyo. The hours I spent there, switching between varioius SACDs, really sold me on the HD800 - the quality was obvious. That P700 is a huge, beautiful balanced beast, and it`s only about $2300usd here in Japan, which compared to the $6K price overseas, is making think I can`t afford not to buy it. Stilll, for that amount of cash, or maybe much less, some of the above mentioned tube or tube-like amps may be the way to go . . .
I pair Classic with both T1 and HD800. I prefer HD800 to T1 when paired with classic, especially at medium crossfeed setting.
Thank you for the input you have given me. Theres a pretty large price difference between the 2, it also appears that the Matrix amp isnt on the same level of the A18 according to the review. The A18 doesn't appear to be available used in the trade section either.