The vote of confidence is very nice, and I appreciate it, but how can you be sure that the NAKSA will fill your needs, where the AKSA did not and evidently caused you (and me!) so much angst on this very forum?
It will take a special kind of high-end audiophile not to misinterpret the NAKSA 70's musical engagement as "I was wrong about my $5000 amplifier choice".
I just read the naksa review and my understanding of the quote above is that the naksa is a good amp but if youre a really fussy audiophile the $5000 amp wins. Furthermore there are amps costing much more than 5000. Krell, mark levinson these can cost 10 times as much, so can we really honestly compare the naksa to such giants? This is an honest question which deserves an honest answer.
As I suspect you can't afford an amp which costs USD5,000 - let alone 10 times as much - "professor", your question is moot. I suggest the question you should be asking yourself is "Can I afford a NAKSA 70?"
all the Aspen amps I've built have held their own or bettered amps I've heard or owned up to 4 times the price
Even if the question is moot and even if i cant afford $5000 the question can still be posed and answered no? I am curious. And how do we make precise this notion of being better?
And how do we make precise this notion of being better?
Yes I know the history and don't want to go over it again but the point I was trying to make is that you listened, and when it sounded off, you frowned, and when it was singing, you smiled.
That's my notion of being better..... precise it may not be but the ears and my emotions are the only instruments I have to evaluate amps.