Amps that can Rival A Levinson No. 332 around 3K?

Hi there I just got a great deal on a Mark Levinson 332 and turned it over to a friend of mine who is also my tech buddy who lets me use his store to test gear and hotrods speakers for me.

Anyway longstory short... It looks like hes getting the amp, I was absolutely FLOORED BY THE EVRYTHING!! It blew away most everything I'd heard above low level listening. My buddy Of course is taking it and I cant get it back and be a friend hes WAY TO STOKED! Its clean

Anyway what out there can compare in that range or better it, Besides maybe a 333, 335 or 336?

I only care about music, I listen mostly to rock, reggae, rap, All the stuff you need awesome Solid State Power for!
I have owned several ML amps and also the commonly recommended Pass amps (by others on this thread). Personally, I much prefer the Levinson amps! I have owned the 331.5 and now a 334. I have never had any issues with either one and the 334 is powerful enough to drive any of the speakers I presently own (Wilson W/P, Thiel CS6, Gemme Audio, Magnepans) in a medium sized room to more than satisfying levels.

Should you ever need service, you can have caps replaced for a fraction of the cost charged by Harmon/Levinson/whoever is now owning them. Typically about $500 will re-cap the entire amp with better sounding, performing and reliable caps.

I would recommend considering a 334/6 or the 43X series.

I have owned 3 Pass Labs amps 150, 150.5, Aleph 5 and recognize their strengths, but was never that crazy about any of them in comparison to other amps. I prefer all class A (which the Aleph 5 offered - but not enough total power). I find the Pass amps when reaching into Class B really suffer (150(.5)/250(.5)/350(.5)) and no longer perform to the levels that are acceptable to me. Though when you get to the 350.5 you have a lot more room to operate in Class A before the SQ drops off.

By your (OP's) comments on alternative ML amps being the 333, 335, 336 my question is what type of speaker/room size he needs to address. You can get the 334 for right around your $3K level and it sounds better than the 333 (though without as much power).
I agree with Ckoffend. I think the Pass amps just don't sound as natural as the Levinsons. The Levinsons are neutral and don't hide anything without being harsh or brittle. Just accurate to the source. Another buddy of mine has owned a Pass and several Levinsons and prefers the Levinsons.
I appreciate all the Info and views. It seems like I am going to have to pick a Pass amp and compare and see what I think. I can say I do believe everything is system specific as to which amp would do better so it will be an interesting test.

Anyone every try a Jeff Rowland model 5? I only ask because there are 2 for sale within a couple hours drive and wondering if its worth the trip, Also do these sell fast on audiogon? I dont really want to buy an amp I cant sell easily


Forget about Rowland and Pass; they are not for the kind of music you prefer. They will play it while trying to spit it out at the same time. Stay with Levinson and you'll be fine.
Inna what does "they will play it while trying to spit it out at the same time" mean?