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Old 21st January 2010, 12:45 AM   #91
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Hello

A year ago, I've made an amp with about .1 % distortions, but the even harmonics was dominants, and compared to a Radford and a Linar amp, the sound my amp was clearly, for everybody, very musical and engaging, giving a real pleasure, some of us did ear that there was a less precision but we all love it's musicality.

Not that I don't like a precise sound but we need both precision and musicality.

It's should be seen much as a psychoacoustic phenomenon than distortion and phases numbers. A clean amp are very good but not enough, it could have a very low distortions but without an engaging or musical sound you will just listen to a clinical or a dead sound, a kind of image of the music without the life of it. Wen can talk endless but the only judge are our ears, our brain are not an AP distortions analyser.

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Gaetan

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Old 21st January 2010, 12:55 AM   #92
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The worst sounding amplifier I ever owned was a 100Wrms per channel Kenwood Integrated with sigma drive (basically a 4 wire kelvin connection at the speakers) and a rated thd/imd/tim of something like 0.005% at rated power - it was awful.. The replacement Adcom GFA-2 measured about 20X dirtier, but sounded much better, that ultimately was replaced by a pair of McIntosh MC-30 tube amps that were even worse measuring, but good sounding..
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Old 21st January 2010, 11:30 AM   #93
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i didn't say there was anything wrong with liking the sound. there is a problem with using adjectives that are the opposite of what something IS, to describe it.
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Old 21st January 2010, 08:29 PM   #94
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Jed,

It's not a problem, it's just an opinion, and might even be just an interpretation. We all have them......

For the record, I like well done amps in any genre, it's easy to find bad examples of all of them. And most have technical and sonic faults.

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