SST Son Of Ampzilla II vs Parasound A21 or A23+

Has anyone heard these please?


@brianlucey Great, glad it worked out for you.  So the Magnus is made in the USA for the Chinese market?  Interesting.


@tubeguy76 Oh yes for sure, Made in California like all Magnus Audio

The MA-150 is what I've always wanted from solid state at any price, just enough warmth but still clear, and punchy. Not as much minute resolution and space as my Allnic A-6000s, but close enough to use as a spare. Definitely a big bottom.

If people love their other Magnus Audio amps already this voicing will not be for them. The others are cleaner and more resolving, not as much low end balls, not even to 400 which is VERY well balanced. The 340 a little lean compared to the MA-400 ... a real giant killer.

Comparing MA-150 to the XA30.8 ... the latter is huge, hot, heavy, lacks low end punch and the midrange around 2k is very weird. Did not like it at all.

Compared MA-150 to the A21 ... the A21 is nice in a generic way ... yet is overly soft from the heavy harmonics, loses detail, a bit dark and lacking clean punch, not well resolved in the details or transients.  Workable but "grey" overall.

The Dartzeel Stereo amp at $25000? was not close to this $3300 amp, but it's been too long to recall what was the shortcomings.

@brianlucey Congratulations! Since Magnus Audio’s parent company is Canary Audio, they know their way around voicing both tubes & SS. That’s why I suggested it on your other thread.

Years ago, when I decided to replace my Class A 50w tube mono-blocks by CR Developments, I visited Joe in Hermosa Beach. I came home with a Magnus Class A MA-200. When I compared the amps, they were surprisingly close. The deal-maker was the low-end grunt from the Magnus. My preamp & DAC now provide the tube magic.

I’d love to compare your MA-150 to my MA-200. I’m down in OC. But I don’t know if my back would cooperate. Enjoy!

@steakster come up to Atwater Village anytime. The Evolution MM3 Exact and Bricasti M1 SE in a great room reveals all :)