- Dec 27, 2016
I tried the Questyle CMA800i with the LCD4, I think it is the best ss amp I have tried so far.
Very clean, crisp and neutral. Sounded similar to the Gold Stack I heard at a show only briefly.
Has a sound a bit like the GSXmk2 but without the edginess in the treble.
I couldn't really fault it other than thinking if it had more power it may be even better.
Volume was at about 70%. Pity it doesn't have the power the lesser CMA600i model has.
Have you ever tried just using just one of the CMA800r's?
Wondering how much improvement there is going with two with the LCD4.
The CMA800i has similar amp specs to the CMA800r but has no full balanced mode.
I did not try a single CMA800r so unable to comment. I was in a similar situation always wondering that I had enough reserve power to command the mighty LCD4. Hence the "Questyle Goldstack".
The main thing I discovered is the power supply to the rig was the most important in terms of sound quality either with DAVE or Questyle.
If you end up with the CMA800R you could always add an extra for the added power but 70 % is enough ...? What DAC are you using does it have a preamp maybe that would help..?