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Old 16th March 2012, 09:59 PM   #11
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Old 17th March 2012, 03:50 PM   #12
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Here is my take on the M2 I posted recently:

After listening to the First Watt M2 for about a week now, let me state that this is perhaps the most enjoyable amplifier I’ve ever sat down and listened to. This amp is proof positive that “all amplifiers do NOT sound the same”. With the right speakers, some types of music from this amplifier often sound closer to a live event than one will generally experience with an audio setup.

To be sure, this amp is not for everyone. It outputs 25 wpc@8 ohms, and 40 wpc@4 ohms. So, as long as the target speakers have sufficient sensitivity, the amp will play music as loud as most of us would listen comfortably.

What this amp does right (and not all that many do) is the ability to re-create the entire frequency spectrum without any undue emphasis for any one area of the spectrum. The bass is extremely natural, and has sufficient heft, weight, and damping to sound accurate, without calling undue attention to it. The midrange has a clarity and natural harmonic tonal character that VERY FEW amps get right. Vocals from the amp sound more natural than one generally hears. String instruments very realistic with the right recordings and low level details are easily heard, but are heard in the correct proportion. Some equipment can be “too analytical” when one hears more low level detail than one would hear in a live setting.

Where this amp really shines is the upper registers. The treble from this amp is easily some of the best I’ve heard from any amp at any price. There is no trace of HF emphasis or solid state “crispness” that plagues many amps.
I would suspect that may tube audiophiles would think they were listening to a new state of the art tube amp when hearing music played through the M2. The passive transformer gain stage, which provides 15 db of passive gain, has a lot to do with the sonic signature of the M2. There is a total lack of glare with the M2. This is one of the very few amps on the market where the listener will not experience any listener fatigue. I think the fact this amp is a Class A unit with zero feedback also is a big reason why the amp sounds so natural.

From a noise standpoint, there is none discernible with the speakers I’m using (91dbw@ 6 ohms). The amp is very quiet (quieter than most tube amps by a fair bit).

In summary, this amp is tremendous performer. It’s easy to see (and hear) why the M2 is popular in the Asian market. If you are looking for an amp that provides the best aspects of tube amp reproduction, but still desire a more natural bottom end that is the purview of solid state (not to mention reliability), then give the M2 a try.

You will not be disappointed.


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Reads like you're in need of another amp cabinet.
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I agree. I would love to see these amp's in someone's system. I can live vicariously through you
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Reads like you're in need of another amp cabinet.
The M2 is configured as part of a second 2 channel audio setup. Ancillary equipment with the M2 review:

Digital Source: Modwright Oppo 95 with tube upgrade
Preamp: Pass Labs X2.5
Speakers: Source Technologies 277 SE
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Even for a sub guy, you pick up exotic stuff.
Never heard of Source Technologies, seem to be very fond of the Seas Excel W18E unit.
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Even for a sub guy, you pick up exotic stuff.
Never heard of Source Technologies, seem to be very fond of the Seas Excel W18E unit.
They make quality speakers. The primary guy behind the company did the JSE Infinite Slope speakers, which were well received at the time. The production facility is only about a three hour drive from my current residence.

This speaker is supposed to be outstanding:
http://www.sourcespeaker.com/Coherentpulse61a.html

I just wish it was a bit more sensitive.
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