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Warm or Bright?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by TomH, Aug 22, 2001.

  1. TomH

    TomH Second Unit

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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.
    Tom
     
  2. Curtis_Edwards

    Curtis_Edwards Stunt Coordinator

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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.
     
  3. Drew Eckhardt

    Drew Eckhardt Stunt Coordinator

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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.
     
  4. 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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  5. Samson

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    I found the Acurus 200x3 as a little bright.
     
  6. 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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