Odyssey Stratos Amplifier with the red boards from Klaus....

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Odyssey Stratos Amplifier with the red boards from Klaus....

Post by treitz3 » Wed Apr 23, 2008 7:37 pm

PART 1

OK, the first thing that needs to be understood is that this amp will sound like absolute shit when you power her down and turn it back on after it sits for some time. Why? Don't know, don't care. It does sound like ass until it's ready to rock. I have not had experience yet with a new unit and with that said, a new unit [not broken in properly] may differ with the time associated with this amp to be at optimal sound performance.

Now, once the unit is ready to rock, the sound is VERY impressive. Mo' better bass than many amps I have tried in all my years of swapping gear. "Tight" would be an understatement. Klaus does a great job with the sound, aesthetics, build quality and he does know his amplifiers well.

To the nitty gritty....when the amp is warmed up and ready to go which IME takes about 3 days in my rig, this amp delivers. The frequencies that it offers and the level that it delivers it in is simply outstanding. It adds a new dimension to the music. Tracks that I have listened to many a time with a variety of amps sound like I replaced the speakers and a couple of components as well. Things that were always in the recording that I never heard before bring a new listening enjoyment to the table. This amp brings it all to the table.

Over time I have discovered that some albums that I previously did not particularly want to listen to now seem to have a sound that I want to listen to. The bass region is the most noticeable of the areas of improvement. The slam with precision makes the drum beats sound accurate for reproduction. One of the most noticeable differences in the bass region is that it has enough reserve that when a guitar riff is going on, you can distinguish between that and the big drum at the drummer's feet AND the drum at the drummer's knee height all at the same time which improves the sound stage considerably.

The top end is definitely not like a tube amp, but doesn't have the shrill factor I have heard in many an SS amp. Mids are fluid and very, very nice to listen too with no listening fatigue presented after 8-10 hours of listening [with my speak's] at low or high volume levels. The amp seems to have a endless supply of power to give the listener what they want, regardless of the volume wanted. It's almost as if the amp laughs at you when you want to find out how much it can give you. The more you feed it, the more it coasts through transients and the more it laughs until you turn it up so much, your daggum ears just can't take it anymore.

Aesthetically pleasing to the eye, this amp is very plain on the front panel. All you see is a peice of aluminum that has been brushed with a "Stratos" label approx. 2" below the "Odyssey" cutout that [if you do cut it off] glows in the dark in the color of blue which is actually a pretty cool effect if you ask me, though I rarely see it.

One thing you must consider when getting this amp is that the weight and dimensions of the unit are something that you must consider when planning a system. The length of the unit IIRCC is 19", but you must factor in the PC upgrade if interested. This brings the total length necessary to close to 22" or more, depending on the flexibility of the PC. I don't know off the top of my head what the actual weight is anymore, but I do know that it is quite heavy. If you have a low quality stand, you might want to reconsider getting a stand that can handle this kind of weight. She's not light. That much I can tell you.

The heat sinks of this unit are on the sidewalls running the depth of the unit itself. From what I have noticed, the heat output of this unit are close to what a tube amp would be. Meaning that when the room temperature gets to be about 7-8 degrees hotter than the rest of the house, it's ready to rock. That may be a result of my entire rig, but that's just what I have noticed. YMMV.

Impressive build quality on the back of the amp as well. An IEC connector is provided for a PC upgrade and the SC posts are rather impressive themselves. It reaks of quality. The power switch is located on the back so if you do want to turn it off [not recommended], you can.

That's it for now, more later. Part Two coming to a post near you.
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Here's a pic of the innards and outside

Post by treitz3 » Wed Apr 23, 2008 7:43 pm

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Here she is in my rig. The photos above were from the gentleman I purchased them from. It is currently hooked up to the Tyler's [Floor stander's pictured] which is rated as a 4 ohm speaker.


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Review update....

Post by treitz3 » Wed May 14, 2008 4:03 pm

The most noticeable quality that this amp has to offer is the ability to control the woofers. The speed in which it delivers and the punch it throws at you is refreshing. There have been many an occasion that I have ducked thinking that something just came through the wall. It's ability to separate the instruments while many instruments are going off at the same time is something that brings a new level of sound to the table because it's able to reproduce all of the sounds with the same "umpff" as if there were no other sounds that it had to amplify. For such a low rated power amp, it seems to never run out of steam and it can deliver whatever, whenever it's called for.

The thing with this amp, is I have a new hatred for lightning. Last year Mother Nature sent me a message via a lightning bolt and wiped out some components within the rig at the time. Now, whenever a lightning storm comes my way I'll be sitting at the 'puter constantly checking up on lightning strikes and whether or not I need to turn off the rig. I minimize turning it off as much as possible.

I don't know whether or not the general public would notice the sonic change over the three day warm up, but it drives me Nuckin' Futz!
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Re: Odyssey Stratos Amplifier with the red boards from Klaus....

Post by BillD » Wed May 14, 2008 4:31 pm

But I can't see anything in that amp that would take, like, three days to stabilize. Five to 10 minutes, maybe. Curious.
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