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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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Supratek Chardonnay preamp
JM Reynaud Voce Grande speakers
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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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