Chauss wrote:Sounds much more musical than the Cary ST120.....
Dan, if this is the Cary you have in your listening room sitting on the floor, then that is the Cary I am referring too. We heard this amp go head to head at Carverfest in Jerry's cabin on a pair of Dalquist's, fed by the Jolida CDP. All we did was swap out the Cary with 2 mono-blocked CF tube amps and the CF amps smoked the Cary out. We had tried the Cary in both pentode and triode mode and the CF amps just plain sounded better, more musical, quiet, detailed and the overall sound became very pleasant to listen too.
This past weekend at Jerry's house, we had the same CDP, your old Apogees and we took a pair of mono VTL's and put them head to head with only one stereo CF tube amp. The sound from the VTL's was clouded, bloaty, less detail, veiled and definitely not as musical. Everybody there agreed that the CF tube amp was more musical and better sounding. All this on a pair of speakers that Jerry had mentioned is a hard to drive load.
Every system I have heard this little tube amp in, I have been nothing short of pleasantly impressed with the end result as to what hits my ears. IMO, Bob did a damn
fine job in designing this amp. It would be interesting to hear of more stories, whether good, bad or a lateral move that this amp provides folks. I look forward to finally getting my pair built and doing an A/B up against the Sunfire 600x2, the Musical Fidelity AC3r, the Anthem1 tube amps, the Radii tube amp and any other amp that just so happens to fly through the house.