The latest batch doesn't necessarily equate to better, want is D class done correctly.. I have a Jeff Rowland Continuum S2 that I'm parting with that's close to your price range. Fantastic sounding D class, very close the the Aavik U300 it replaced. Read the reviews, there's a lot and they're stellar.
I have the Technics SU-G700M2 and it lacks for.....nothing. I have it paired with the matching SL-G700 SACD player and need not look anywhere else. Best sound I've had in my system.
Not lean or bright. Took a while for the SACD player to grow some hair (about 6 weeks) and the lower mids and bass out of my JBL 4319 monitors is rich, taut, full and detailed, complimenting the rest of the range.
I have some of the most natural sounding music I've heard, so it must be system dependent. Sorry it didn't work out for you.
Agree with @twoleftearsthat a GaN-based integrated might well be worth waiting for. There are a couple LSA integrateds being introduced by Underwood Hifi, one of which looks like it could be available soon…
I’ve recently purchased a GoldNote PA-10 which touts some kind of a GaN architecture combined with class A (or resembling a class A) design. Not exactly a hybrid, still more “class D” overall. It sounds spectacular, even running out of my integrated through preamp out. Looking at getting a decent tube pre to accompany it. Maybe get another one and run them dual mono.
it’s a power amp, not integrated. But just wanted to advocate the great possibilities with GaN offerings. It’s tonally rich, balanced, great stage, and turned my speakers into super quick little monsters.
OP I saw you’re unimpressed with NAD but I’ve had the NAD M33 for a couple months now and feel it is very good. Especially given the price point. That’s in comparison to my Bartók driving Mark Levinson 536 monos which I also have.
@juanmanuelfangioiiI have sold off my big heavy class AB amps. Besides the tube integrateds I have, I have now amassed a bench of Class D amps I am happy with. These include the AGD Audion monoblocks, and a pair of Jeff Rowland Model 125 amps that I run in bridged mode. Both are great. I am particularly impressed with the soundstage with the AGD Audions. IMO, Class D has arrived. Besides the sound, I also enjoy them being light weight. If you want to go more budget you can look at the Mytek Brooklyn Amp+ and the Orchard Audio GaN monoblocks. But I personally am not aware of any Class D integrateds amps. But I would be interested to learn of some.
I second the Jeff Rowland Design Group Continuum. Those are phenomenal integrated. You won’t find much better, especially in its price range. Look for a Continuum 500 or the S2. They are that good and beautiful to look at too!
I am thrilled with my Marantz Model 30 integrated amp. Stereophile has a nice review and is a "2021, 2022 Recommended Class A" ... Now my setup includes an A/B switch (One Little Bear) that allows me to select this Class D amp OR a Class A SET all tube Integrated AMP driving one pair of Cornwall speakers (it can actually drive 2 pairs of speakers). Best of both worlds ! Solid State AMPs are just so much more practical.
I love the Marantz Ruby integrated. It has enough soul that I don’t miss my tube amps, runs cool, has plenty of power and is very well built. I think it lacks a little aesthetic bling but that’s my only gripe.
Thanks for posting the magnificent session with Ralph Carsten from Atmasphere. Highly educational and genuinely audiophile. His argument for getting into Class D is profound.
High res digital offers much more dynamic nuance and bandwidth than traditional recordings and therefore needs faster amplifiers. The days of valve and Class A silicone amps may therefore well be numbered. In particular the GaNFET development is akin to a revolution.
@atmasphere has a reputation for listening, sensitivity, and wonderful sounding tube amplifiers. So much solid state is just cranked out into the market without much evidence that they will be musical. The time and investment Ralph is making here is a sign that this is the future and that there is a path forward that will be up to audiophile's tastes and standards.
I know you said Class D, but there are some class AB amps out there in your price range. The Hegel H190 new ($4000) or the H390 used Are both terrific. I currently have the H390 and am very please with it.
Hello juanmanuelfangioii. I heartily recommend the Starke Sound AD4-320. I own seven of them! The are very reasonably priced. They are very flexible being 4 channel amps with built-in switching to operate as a stereo amp with over 300 wpc. They have both balanced and single ended inputs. I have five systems in my home and use the Starke amps with Magnepan LRS, Linkwitz LX521, Golden Ear BRX, Wharfdale, Shahanian Obelisk, and other fine speakers. I also own 2 sets of the PuriFi 200 wpc amps as used in the NAD and other brands. The Starke is slightly smoother on the high trebles and is nearly identical to the Elekit 8600 tube amp using 300B tubes (9 wpc). I encourage you to check them out.
I can only respond to what I know personally. I haven't heard other Class D Integrated Amps, but I own a Rogue Audio Pharaoh II. I've owned the Sphinx V1 and V2 and then moved up to the Cronus Magnum. Two months ago, I traded up to the Pharaoh II and can't say enough how good this amp is. Powerful, quick, completely black background, great soundstage with clean, strong highs, midrange and bass. I cannot be happier with the purchase, and you're well below your dollar threshold. You should at least demo this amp for yourself.
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