I think it's very important to know what kind of equipment people have when they start preaching all "good amps" sound the same as long as they are not clipping. Some even said all speaker should sound the same if it is design right. Soul grapes might be one of the problem, but I believe most of the time, they are honest. The problem lies in if they don't have the really good amps and speakers, they don't know how much they missed. I am talking about my own experience.
I used to have a pair of middle of the road Kef Uni-Q floor stander. It's the highest model of Uni-Q at the time. It was $1100/pair. It sounded good, all the highs and lows are good, nothing is wrong. Then because of a demo sale that I could buy a pair of JM Lab 40% off. I had it set up and money around with the wiring and all. All the beginning, I was compare like ABX type that listen to a section, back and fore. Listen to the instruments, the bass and concentrate in finding the difference. I COULDN'T, they all sound very similar. The Kef is good enough that there's just nothing wrong with the sound.
After a while, I gave up, spending 3 times the price and couldn't tell the difference. I just sat there and have the music on with the JM Lab. All of a sudden, I realize how come the music sounded so "big" for the lack of words, that the instruments popped out, like live and in a big hall. It's amazing!!! Back to the Kef, it's all gone, it sounds "sterile", no 3D and small.
That's when I open my eyes, WOW!!! If you compare ABX style, there's no difference.
More importantly, if I have a pair of Kef only, I would laugh at people spending all the money and can't tell the difference in ABX test.
I am considering a better pair of speaker used. I have to say, I still cannot imagine anything better than my JM Lab. BUT I bet anything when I get a better pair, I look back to the JM LAb, I likely be laughing.
This goes with amps. You never know what you miss until you have a better ones with you for a while and it's not by ABX. AND it's very important for the nay sayers to tell people what equipment they have to put in perspective.
You don't know what you miss until you have it.
Own designed power amp, own designed preamp, JM LAB Spectral 913.1 speakers, Rythmik F12SE sub.
Not hooked up: Nakamichi Stasis PA-7 power amp, Velodyne VA1210 sub, Kef Reference Series center, Kef Bookshelf speaker, Monitor Audio bookshelf speaker, Infinity rear speakers. Acurus 3X200W amp.
Last edited by alan0354; 01-12-2019 at 01:35 PM.