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TomH

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Would anyone take a shot at classifying the following Amps as "warm" or "bright"
Adcom
Acurus
ATI
B&K
Denon
Marantz
Outlaw
Parasound
I have heard the argument that amps are neutral and do not have a characteristic but I beleive that matching a bright amp with a bright speaker can be a disaster. My B&K sounds warm to me.
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Curtis_Edwards

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I can classify only the ones that I have used.
Adcom - neutral
B&K - warm
Marantz - warm
Denon - bright
I think that some of your warm/neutral/bright characteristics are also dependent on the speakers used and the receiver driving it.
 

Drew Eckhardt

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Adcom went through two generations of bipolar amps (3 digit model number), and currently offers both FET (two and three channel amps with four digit model numbers) and bipolar (> 3 channels with the current numbering scheme) units.
The current FET amps are definately neutral.
ii suffix bipolar amps are a bit brighter, but IMHO not offensively so and seem to gain a bit in bass slam.
The older bipolar amps are allegedly bright; although given the decent selling prices of the newer amps on the used market I don't think this is an issue.
 

JohanK

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I think the room and the speakers matter more than the amp. Nevertheless:
Adcom: bright (have not listened to newer FET amps)
Acurus: ???
ATI: bright
B&K: warm
Denon: warm
Marantz: warm
Outlaw: bright
Parasound: warm
Rotel: warm
There is some varition; i.e. one amp's 'warm' is not equal to another amp's 'warm'.
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Alex F.

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Adcom's MOSFET--actually HEXFET--amps (e.g., GFA-5500 and 5400), based on Nelson Pass's design work, are neutral to slightly on the warmish side. They offer exceptional performance, especially for the price.
 

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