Is Adcom a "bright" sounding amp?

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  1. Mark Russ

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    Especially after enough hours of proper "break in" or "run in" time? I thought when I first heard them at the store that they were a least a little bright. It was a new demo model that they had just put out without many hours on it. I bought one used, but it didn't seem as "bright" to me once I had it set up at home as the newer store demo model. Other opinions?
     
  2. Drew Eckhardt

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    Which one? Adcom makes some great stuff, a lot of decent gear at a fair price, and some crap.

    IMHO, the MOSFET amps (most if not all 5xxx two and three channel amps) are decidedly neutral or even a bit laid back.

    I've lived with their bipolar amps (5xx models and all >= 3 channel amps) for 6 or 7 years and would say they're revealing, but could be either neutral or a bit forward.

    This could also be placebo effect - power amps never proved interesting enough for me to perform blind comparisons.

    The speakers and room will make a bigger difference. Unless both were identical in your comparisons, they weren't valid.

    Break-in with solid state components doesn't occur, although listener break-in does: given enough exposure to a given sound, your sense of hearing will adapt to filter your perceptions to be "right".
     
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    Perhaps the possibility that your speakers and room are different from where you initially heard then?
     
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    Although it depends upon which Adcom you listened to, in general Adcom is on the warm side of neutral.
     

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