It's a term with an unchangeable definition that is rarely (if ever) achieved, yet thrown around like it's a subjective be-all. Who's got their panties in a bunch anyway? Seems it's been a fairly tame discussion up until now...
Who got their panties in a bunch? The people trying their best to debunk a slogan. Again - it's just a term that if I had to guess, was never meant to be literal, of course - I could be wrong.
yup, until a few post back..
To me, "wire-with-gain" means not adding errors of commission while also not committing errors of omission. The KGSSHV does the best job among the stat amps of not adding errors of commission; where it lacks is that it commits serious errors of omission, e.g the blandness others have referred to or the flat sounding quality which I had mentioned earlier. There's no need to be defensive, the KGSSHV is still a good amp, I am just nitpicking here, but a comparison of the KGSSHV to the T2DIY or Electra makes this obvious.
And according to you, what is the best amplifier currently in production to work with the most successful and the better synergy with the SR 009?
The only measurement that the O2 excels in is THD distortion which means nothing to the real world once you're below 1%. Just like cables tagged with all that 99.999999% copper/gold/diamond bs.
The term wire-with-a-gain goes way back, more solely used on diyaudio than anywhere else. Usually used in conjunction with circuitry measurements though.
Young padawan (or evil apprentice), you will learn in time after living with the best regarded amps, that nothing sounds like nothing.
I've used (or considered) that term most often when I worked in the studio environment where there's usually chain after chain of equipment plugged into each other. Mic preamps, effects boxes, compression boxes, mic EQ, specific track EQ, mixing consoles, global EQ, etc. Noise notwithstanding, I was always worried about the resulting lost "immediacy" of the recording after adding too much crap in the chain.
I knew a one guy who made his own custom mixing consoles. You should hear what happens after a signal goes through six opamps or more.
Sorry I can't recommend the LLMK1 . The LLMK2 better be a totally brand new amp to fix what I heard. But based on what I've read it's more of an improvement than total rebuild.
The KGSSHV / SR-009 combination is truly amazing and not flat or boring to my ears. In fact its very dynamic and alive. Simply magical. The LL is the "boring" and "laid back" amp here that I had to force myself to continually go back to over several weeks just to see if it got better (which it didn't). The smear that took away from the stat quickness was another issue.
Quick question on the Electra, while it's rated for 525Vrms, why is the THD only given for 100V and 300V? (notice the "blue smiley face"). For the 500V KGSSHV, its rated at 0.5%THD.
Probably because Stax amps specify THD @ 100 Vrms also. BTW, where did you get the 0.5% THD number for the KGSSHV?
Or because they'd rather not. Stax only at 100Vrms, but the Electra is specified at 300Vrms as well. Why not run the full gambit and stop at 300Vrms?
The KGSSHV numbers are out there...you just have to look.