I use the A52 five channel amp in my home theater system. It's a fine amplifier, smooth, never harsh or fatiguing.
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Much appreciated all, please keep your comments coming. Daeone, I was just reading the online reviews of the PS Audio Stellar m700s. I was not aware of them but you are right, I can’t remember seeing such positive reviews, especially of a class D amp, and again especially when they are referring to it as warm and tube like. All for $3K seems amazing. There aren’t any you tube demos I could find (I know you can’t tell anything sound wise but interesting to watch). Only a few Agoners seem to have the m700s as they are new. Has anyone listened to them recently, and if so can someone give an opinion how they compare to the A21 or A21+?
Again though, it was the A21 or A21+ I was thinking about, should I be looking elsewhere, such as the m700s/others?.
I have been using the A21 for about 6 years. The best sounding amp I have had, but have never paid over $2.5k for any amp. Funny, I had the Odyssey amps and the A21 is much better, not to mention the Stratos failed on me....twice. John Curl designed and they sound like 2x what they cost. Also you can run balanced cables into them. The only amp I owned that was close was a McCormack DNA 125, it was sweet sounding but it was not nearly as powerful as the A21. Maybe the DNA-225.
The one thing about the A21 is that the top end is a little rolled off sounding. For laid back speakers or cables, etc, this can squeltch the top end, depending on one’e tastes of course.
i had the amp for about 4 years with the P7. I wanted a more open sounding top end, some others might be fine with it.
no idea if the A21+ has the same house sound or not.