Why ask unanswerable questions about amplifiers - or blondes?
We should consider the beginner audiophile. Someone like me when I started out. I had the choice of DIY (that was my only choice due to fund issues), or daydreaming of Leak, Quad, Ferrograph etc.. My first three amps were kits - I wish I'd kept them - but one I found pinned up in a museum display (picture to follow).
Originally Posted by A.S.
I stress again .... in my opinion there are much more relevant and important factors in the selection of a hifi amplifier than any claims you will read about 'sound quality'. You are far better to select on the basis of styling, power, brand image and reputation, after-care, user facilities and value for money. These factors are important.
Nobody here can ever factually answer the question 'does amp A sound better than amp B' so why ask that question? The answer will be as vague and personal as asking 'do blondes make better lovers?'. No one can answer that objectively: they can only answer subjectively and that is not an answer, it's merely an opinion. They can answer the question 'is amp A reliable? What after care did you receive from amp B's maker? Can you comment on the styling of amp C? What's the remote control on amp D like? How hot does amp E run? Does F have enough inputs? How heavy is it? Does it hum?'
So, what does today's DIYer have available as an amp kit? Well, for the price of a few beers, an extremely well presented little amp kit ....
Alan A. Shaw
Harbeth Audio UK