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Re: what is the best sounding Class D amp you've ever heard
« Reply #15 on: September 22, 2022, 11:53:46 AM »
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Re: what is the best sounding Class D amp you've ever heard
« Reply #16 on: September 23, 2022, 07:32:52 AM »
Class D can sound very good when using the proper input stage on them.  Many of the older versions had a very low input impedance and high sensitivity. Simply connecting a preamp to a Class D amp does not always provide the results we want. I have been listening to many versions including those with solid state input buffers that are used only for impedance matching but still donít provide what I am looking for in Class D.
I have been working with these for some time and finally came up with an input stage that brings out the potential of Class D while providing the sonics we look for in amplification. The key is to design a front end that is optimized for the amp being used. For me, itís done with tubes which is what we have been working on the past couple years. Now weíre ready.
I am still a tube guy and 90% of what we do is tubes but there is something about hybrid amplification that that I canít stay away from. 
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Re: what is the best sounding Class D amp you've ever heard
« Reply #17 on: September 26, 2022, 07:23:56 PM »
I'm currently using a LSA GaN 350 (Bricasti M3 > ARC Ref 6 SE > LSA > Fyne F1-8). I'm quite happy with it. Nothing thin or dry about it. Smooth, detailed, slightly warm. And the price is right. Previous amp was a pair of Bel Canto REF600M mono blocks. These were pretty good, but a little dark, not as smooth, and less dimensional.

Mark, Belated Welcome. So this is interesting. You like the LSA better than the Bel Canto? The BC were on my list but I could not find that many owners. If you could expand on this I would appreciate it. Thanks
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Re: what is the best sounding Class D amp you've ever heard
« Reply #18 on: September 27, 2022, 12:55:55 AM »
Jim,

Depending on your budget some other GaN based amps to look up are AGD Audio, Merrill Audio, Orchid Audio and Peachtree Audio.  Outside of the usual suspects from Hypex nCore, Purifi and Ice based amps.  I would have added Digital Audio Company (DAC) but I do not know where the company stands since Tommyís passing.

Personally, i have stopped looking at standalone amps and going down the integrated route going forward.  Right now, i go back and forth between the Vinnie Rossi LIO with 30 watt amp section and Ming Da 300b 8w setup.