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Old 18th February 2009, 12:40 PM   #841
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HI sangram, yes.. I feel uneasy to recommend you boxes that i like the sound... Try to get your own opinion and look for indian made stereo, if you like the same music and listen same music then good
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Old 20th February 2009, 07:58 PM   #842
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Hi Gabdx1,
There are many makes that are very good, but more that are not. Using your common sense is the best thing to do.

May I give you a hint for stereo shopping?

Listen to a system in mono, one channel and one speaker only. If you like what you hear, it will sound better, but sometimes stereo effects can be used to sell an iffy system.

Also, we can measure most things these days. The published specs don't tell the entire story, but stay away from designers who do not use good testing procedures. I can tell you with certainty that "Designing by ear" does not work well. All good designers listen to the product before finalizing it.

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Old 21st February 2009, 01:14 AM   #843
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Everyone should agree with you: many products are all very good but different when you reach a certain sound/quality,
For some reason 'more' audio products doesnít sound right at all, and there I could be nasty and name products that reach in 10k.


This mono thing is very good to do: my system sound splendid in mono as well as stereo.

I notice that when there is a drum or things producing slapping sound my speakers sound like they are going to explode, iow they sound live: thatís what you can look for.

Also be able to know the microphone emplacement and how many microphones where used is a good sign. Not only the musicians should be clearly positioned in front of you but also you should be able to tell where you are in the room. (For most good recordings).
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Old 16th January 2013, 11:24 PM   #844
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OK... i TRIED reading this entire thread, but it's made my brain tired... too much technical talk, not enough plain english reviewing and few comparisons to other amp designs, so i
m just going to skip to the end and ask for comparisons directly.

in theory, it sounds like the SKA is about as good as one can get for a resonable amount of money. i've been looking into class D as i have a panasonic SA-XR 55 and previously, a sonic impact that i loved the sound of that's a bit too clinical maybe now with resolving aluminum dowmes, and have been looking for what i'd call a more "liquid" sound, not obscured and romantic like i associate with tubes, but just more ease and realism. again, the SKA seems to score very high there in all of the reviews i read in a huge post on audiocircle last night i think, and re-reading a couple of them here.

for a minute, i wasreally interested in ganclones based on the reviews of the original gaincard, but one got KOed early in a class D shootout with the dirt cheap trends making it all the way to the final round in a shootout that my beloved SA-XR 55 only made one or two KOes in itself, so in theory that sounds better. then along comes the kingrex which is supposed to be even more pleasing to the rear and in researching THAT, i see a mention that the SKA is even better still, but have seen such "try to find better upgrades" searches turn into running in circles where one reviewer will favor some component, and then another favors something else in comparisons with a third component.

to me, the SKA looks like it's another chip amp as the parts count is so low making me woonder if it sounds like a gainclone which is nice, but supposedly surpassed by better class D designs.

can anyone compare the SKA to gainclones or any class D or even tube gear? i was also looking into cheap tube amps, and there some design named for being cheap i could find absolutely no actual reviews for was tossed in the mix. i'm not looking for the absolute last word in amplifier perfection, but would like something at least sarisfying enough that i could live with it without feeling the need to upgrade.

i loved the sound of my panasonic back when i had NHT superzero speakers with "polite" soft domes that sounded muffled on NAD or with lessresolution and slight grain on onkyo, but with aluminum dowmes, i'm getting something like a very resolved, but clinical sound i'd like to ease a little and have been planning on upgrading from my receiver's DAC i like better than sony to a schiit gungnir.

could anyone offer some direct comparisons to anything besides the rival ASKA (or whatever) and that 55 whatever? a detailed amp with plenty of bass slam (i have little 5 1/2" energy RC-10 2 ways) that ALSO sounds relaxed and natural sounds like where i want to go. i'm not liking the "warmer and more forgiving, musical even" sound of my tired old sony DAC over the tighter and faster sound of my panasonic, so i don't think i want to strain too far from "revealing & neutral" but maybe take one small step towards the middle.

i'm not a techie, so any discussion of rectifier resonances in the flux capacitor re-routed through the secondary plasma conduit will only make my eyes glaze over and i'm leaning towards having an SKA built if i go that route on my upgrade path, i just need to hear some comparisons to gear other than the two other amps that are being talked about in an isolated bubble.

i'd like a "giant killing amp" in the $500 or less range and would consider hotrodding an SKA with better caps etc. and adding a stepped attenuator direct from my DAC.

oh yeah... while i'm here, is there any drawback to running two different amps into one pair of speakers eg. the SKA for digital audio, and mt receiver for video? (not biamping). if two amps can be connected to the same speaker for biamping, then i don't see why two couldn't be with switching between them.

OH... on second thought, i don't think i'll be getting an SKA any time soon as it's closer to $1,000 than the $200 or so i thought reading a description that dropped an 8 from $880 australian. it looks like i'm back to deciding between a $400 kingrex with power supply, or a cheaper trends unit as i don't have a thousand in pocket change at the moment.

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