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Re: what is the best sounding Class D amp you've ever heard
« Reply #45 on: January 14, 2023, 12:36:11 PM »
Well I have the Starkrimson on Loan (Tour) and I can tell you it is an awesome amp. I compared it to the Peachtree Gan400, Benchmark AHB2, NAD M33, and it came out on top. It excels in clarity, depth, separation between instruments, weightiness, and sense of space. It is truly an exceptional amp. I will be placing an order for one.
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Re: what is the best sounding Class D amp you've ever heard
« Reply #46 on: January 14, 2023, 12:55:20 PM »
See I told all you nay sayers
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Re: what is the best sounding Class D amp you've ever heard
« Reply #47 on: March 07, 2023, 10:32:32 PM »
I received the Starkrimson Ultra yesterday via the Steve Hoffman tour. Itís been on a little over 24 hours. It is one fine amp. Evan was right and confirmed by Jimbones. The 2 things that struck me immediately were the extra detail and weightiness as Jim says. My AVA SET 120 does well, but the Ultra is 250w a channel vs 60w for the SET 120.

I have a Hapa Aero RCA silver digital coax coming Thursday for evaluation. Jason polishes each one by hand, just like Dave polishes the receptacles on the UBERBUSS units. I expect great things from the Aero. The evaluation is being done using my Fritz Carrera speakers.

The best Class D amp Iíve heard were the Merrill Element 118 Monos.
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Re: what is the best sounding Class D amp you've ever heard
« Reply #48 on: March 17, 2023, 11:46:08 AM »
I had the Starkrimson here last month from his tour.  That is what I ordered

Well I have the Starkrimson on Loan (Tour) and I can tell you it is an awesome amp. I compared it to the Peachtree Gan400, Benchmark AHB2, NAD M33, and it came out on top. It excels in clarity, depth, separation between instruments, weightiness, and sense of space. It is truly an exceptional amp. I will be placing an order for one.

I received the Starkrimson Ultra yesterday via the Steve Hoffman tour. Itís been on a little over 24 hours. It is one fine amp. Evan was right and confirmed by Jimbones. The 2 things that struck me immediately were the extra detail and weightiness as Jim says. My AVA SET 120 does well, but the Ultra is 250w a channel vs 60w for the SET 120.

I have a Hapa Aero RCA silver digital coax coming Thursday for evaluation. Jason polishes each one by hand, just like Dave polishes the receptacles on the UBERBUSS units. I expect great things from the Aero. The evaluation is being done using my Fritz Carrera speakers.

The best Class D amp Iíve heard were the Merrill Element 118 Monos.


Thanks for all the positive feedback.

For anybody else looking to join the tour see here:
https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/orchard-audio-starkrimson-stereo-ultra-amp-tour.1148415/page-18#post-31672277

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Re: what is the best sounding Class D amp you've ever heard
« Reply #49 on: March 17, 2023, 05:49:27 PM »
I received the Starkrimson Ultra yesterday via the Steve Hoffman tour. Itís been on a little over 24 hours. It is one fine amp. Evan was right and confirmed by Jimbones. The 2 things that struck me immediately were the extra detail and weightiness as Jim says. My AVA SET 120 does well, but the Ultra is 250w a channel vs 60w for the SET 120.

I have a Hapa Aero RCA silver digital coax coming Thursday for evaluation. Jason polishes each one by hand, just like Dave polishes the receptacles on the UBERBUSS units. I expect great things from the Aero. The evaluation is being done using my Fritz Carrera speakers.

The best Class D amp Iíve heard were the Merrill Element 118 Monos.

I enjoyed the Starkrimson Ultra so much that I bought the tour amp.
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Re: what is the best sounding Class D amp you've ever heard
« Reply #50 on: March 17, 2023, 10:40:24 PM »
 
I received the Starkrimson Ultra yesterday via the Steve Hoffman tour. Itís been on a little over 24 hours. It is one fine amp. Evan was right and confirmed by Jimbones. The 2 things that struck me immediately were the extra detail and weightiness as Jim says. My AVA SET 120 does well, but the Ultra is 250w a channel vs 60w for the SET 120.

I have a Hapa Aero RCA silver digital coax coming Thursday for evaluation. Jason polishes each one by hand, just like Dave polishes the receptacles on the UBERBUSS units. I expect great things from the Aero. The evaluation is being done using my Fritz Carrera speakers.

The best Class D amp Iíve heard were the Merrill Element 118 Monos.

I enjoyed the Starkrimson Ultra so much that I bought the tour amp.

 :thumb:  God on you and good on Leo!

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Re: what is the best sounding Class D amp you've ever heard
« Reply #51 on: March 18, 2023, 10:35:03 AM »
I received the Starkrimson Ultra yesterday via the Steve Hoffman tour. Itís been on a little over 24 hours. It is one fine amp. Evan was right and confirmed by Jimbones. The 2 things that struck me immediately were the extra detail and weightiness as Jim says. My AVA SET 120 does well, but the Ultra is 250w a channel vs 60w for the SET 120.

I have a Hapa Aero RCA silver digital coax coming Thursday for evaluation. Jason polishes each one by hand, just like Dave polishes the receptacles on the UBERBUSS units. I expect great things from the Aero. The evaluation is being done using my Fritz Carrera speakers.

The best Class D amp Iíve heard were the Merrill Element 118 Monos.

I enjoyed the Starkrimson Ultra so much that I bought the tour amp.

 :thumb:  God on you and good on Leo!

I love it when us "little guys" punch above our weight class. We tend to serve the music, not profits!

You know how much I like my AVA SET 120, so Leoís amp is special that Iíd want to part with the SET 120. Iím happy for the smaller manufacturers. Itís a win win as I can get a very good product for a good price. And if there are issues, Iíd rather deal with an individual or smaller companies.

I need to do a review on Leoís amp at the Steve Hoffman forum. But Iíll just say one prominent feature on the Ultra is the ability to retrieve additional detail.

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Re: what is the best sounding Class D amp you've ever heard
« Reply #53 on: April 01, 2023, 11:53:05 AM »
Nick's review from SMAF:
https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/orchard-audio-starkrimson-stereo-ultra-amp-tour.1148415/page-21#post-31774018

Thank you very much Nick for you time and effort.

Leo, it was my pleasure to review and buy this wonderful amp. I will likely upgrade it as I found an excellent repair shop in Las Vegas an hour away.

To summarize the ampís capabilities:

1) tremendous clarity
2) increased resolution
3) balance across the musical spectrum
4) best reproduction of piano and brass instruments ever in my system
5) beautiful reproduction of female voices without harshness or sibilance
6) beautiful reproduction of male vocals with a very rich character
7) wonderful additional timbre to vocals and instruments
8)ability to dig deep into the soundstage and hear voices and chorus and identify individual voices with the chorus
« Last Edit: April 01, 2023, 11:55:12 AM by Nick B »
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Re: what is the best sounding Class D amp you've ever heard
« Reply #54 on: April 03, 2023, 06:12:30 PM »
Nick/Leo,

I'm viewing the Orchard Audio website now, and I see there are three levels of the Starkrimson Ultra - standard/base, Add 37,600uF, and dual mono w28,200uF per channel. Which version is the tour amp? [Forgive me if this has already been stated, but I just don't have time to surf through four pages of posts right now.]

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Re: what is the best sounding Class D amp you've ever heard
« Reply #55 on: April 03, 2023, 06:14:56 PM »
Nick/Leo,

I'm viewing the Orchard Audio website now, and I see there are three levels of the Starkrimson Ultra - standard/base, Add 37,600uF, and dual mono w28,200uF per channel. Which version is the tour amp? [Forgive me if this has already been stated, but I just don't have time to surf through four pages of posts right now.]

Michael

The amp that Nick evaluated is the middle configuration, base with capacitor (Add 37,600uF) upgrade ($2900 MSRP).

This post on SHMF summarizes the whole tour and links to all the reviews:
https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/orchard-audio-starkrimson-stereo-ultra-amp-tour.1148415/page-21#post-31788480

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Re: what is the best sounding Class D amp you've ever heard
« Reply #56 on: April 03, 2023, 06:19:52 PM »
Nick/Leo,

I'm viewing the Orchard Audio website now, and I see there are three levels of the Starkrimson Ultra - standard/base, Add 37,600uF, and dual mono w28,200uF per channel. Which version is the tour amp? [Forgive me if this has already been stated, but I just don't have time to surf through four pages of posts right now.]

Michael

The amp that Nick evaluated is the middle configuration, base with capacitor (Add 37,600uF) upgrade ($2900 MSRP).

This post here on SHMF summararize the whole tour and links to all the reviews:
https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/orchard-audio-starkrimson-stereo-ultra-amp-tour.1148415/page-21#post-31788480

Thank you Michael for the question and Leo for answering. I wasnít aware of that :)
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Re: what is the best sounding Class D amp you've ever heard
« Reply #57 on: April 05, 2023, 12:34:22 AM »
Nick/Leo,

I'm viewing the Orchard Audio website now, and I see there are three levels of the Starkrimson Ultra - standard/base, Add 37,600uF, and dual mono w28,200uF per channel. Which version is the tour amp? [Forgive me if this has already been stated, but I just don't have time to surf through four pages of posts right now.]

Michael



The amp that Nick evaluated is the middle configuration, base with capacitor (Add 37,600uF) upgrade ($2900 MSRP).

This post on SHMF summarizes the whole tour and links to all the reviews:
https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/orchard-audio-starkrimson-stereo-ultra-amp-tour.1148415/page-21#post-31788480

Thank you, Leo.

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Re: what is the best sounding Class D amp you've ever heard
« Reply #58 on: April 28, 2023, 12:57:41 PM »
Many of the Class D amps are really good now. I ended up with a NAD M23. Found one at a fair price in perfect condition.
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Re: what is the best sounding Class D amp you've ever heard
« Reply #59 on: April 28, 2023, 02:42:00 PM »
It's been several years since I've heard a class D amp.  The one I remember was supposedly a 150WPC integrated but wasn't any more powerful than a 15 wpc 6BQ5 amp Gary Dodd built for me. 
I assume all of those type issues are in the past??
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