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Old 10th August 2011, 09:11 AM   #1
fireworks is offline fireworks  Switzerland
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I've seen somewhere a mention of a list of the best sounding amplifier created by a reputable audio magazine.
It seems that they put amplifiers into something like leagues: a league for the very best, one for the slightly inferior, etc..
This was done according to more or less subjective criteria not measurements results.

Does anyone know where I can find this list ?
Or where I can find the amplifiers considered world-class by the audiophile community according to semi-objective criteria like "transparency", "detail", "image", etc..
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Old 10th August 2011, 05:58 PM   #2
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Old 10th August 2011, 06:42 PM   #3
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Does anyone know where I can find this list ?
I think your 'subject' may be easily misunderstood
like if you wanted to create a list
which many people would find just waste of time
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Old 10th August 2011, 07:07 PM   #4
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List of the best sounding amplifiers
try stereophile.com and go from there ...

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Old 10th August 2011, 07:26 PM   #5
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Its not like its an impossible question, you just left it too open ended.
One could for instance narrow it down by saying what is the best amp combo you heard with x or y speakers.... Or what is the best amp you heard in x or y price bracket, or with 4 channels or something along those lines....
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Old 10th August 2011, 09:18 PM   #6
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try stereophile.com and go from there ...

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Thanks, I'll take a look.
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Old 10th August 2011, 09:25 PM   #7
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Ok, maybe my question was not very clear.
What I meant was: what are the "stars" of the amplifier universe ? By "star" I mean "famous" amplifiers such that many audiophiles know about them and think they are good. Such "stars" get the best reviews in audiophile magazines, are considered references to which other amplifiers are compared, etc..

For example, "Mona Lisa" is a "famous painting", most of the plays by Shakespeare are "stars" of literature, etc..
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Old 10th August 2011, 09:56 PM   #8
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What about the legends........Phase Linear 700b, Crown DC300, Quad 405....MC-3500, MI-350.....and a lot of such amps.Mmmmm vintage.
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Old 10th August 2011, 10:08 PM   #9
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check out my overviews:
http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/solid...r-devices.html

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/solid...put-stage.html

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/solid...ut-stages.html
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Old 11th August 2011, 02:24 PM   #10
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Here is such a list

The Ten Most Significant Amplifiers of All Time | AVguide
  1. Dynaco ST-70
  2. McIntosh MC3500
  3. Phase Linear 700
  4. Krell KSA-100
  5. Mark Levinson ML2
  6. Audio Research Reference 610T
  7. Conrad Johnson Premier One
  8. Carver Silver Sevens
  9. Audio Note Ongaku
  10. Cary CAD-805
Can't say I agree, but that is the nature of these things.

PS - there are actually a number of lists at this site under this title. The one above is just the first of many.

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