I won't bash either in public on the forum, as I really DO like both... but, with that said, I do not own anything Sunfire at all... Everything "High End" I have is Lightstar, and from what I have been told, (by a VERY VERY good and knowlagable source who knows just about everything about BOTH) I have decided to stick with the Lightstar equipment rather than going over to Sunfire.
Keep in mind... the LS-1 amp, was the "Let's see what you can really do Bob, if $$ isn't an issue" amp.... The LS-2 was the, "Ok, now how do we make it affordable, so people will buy one" version.
The preamp... well, again, after what I was told, I stuck with the LS preamp over switching to a Sunfire tubed preamp... It too want the, "Let's see what you can really do, if $$ isn't an issue" pre-amp....
The sunfire version, was trimmed down to make it affordable, to the average "high end" consumer.
I am no engineer, and I'm only going by what a couple "experts" told me to do. I had the option to get a Sunfire Signature 600x2 and a Sunfire Symphonic Reference Preamp, for just about the same $$ as the Lightstar Preamp, and LS-1 amp... I was told to get the Lightstars... so I did.
Don't get me wrong, the Sunfire gear is top notch as well, but $$ was not a factor when the Lightstar pieces were designed and built.
The LS-1 amp, has a 1/4" milled, brushed, anodized aluminum base plate... for no other reason than, "it looked good" That plate alone would cost me $150 to make, and there was no reason for it to even be part of the amp.
The LS-1 chassis, has NO HOLES or screws visable from the outside face, sides, or top.... The amp was built upside down, with everything bolted to the 3/8" thick chassis top, so there would be no screws visable. The bottom of the amp has to come off 1st, then you can work on it...
The LS pieces were a complete excersise on OVERKILL...
The amp will run just fine with 1 transformer, just like the LS-2... but it has (2) again, overkill !!!
The list goes on...
It's like getting a Ferrari GT... or an Enzo. They're both great cars, but you know the Enzo was built without any financial cost factors... "Built it, and some psycho will buy it"
~You think Einstein walked around thinkin' everyone was a bunch of dumb shits?~
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