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About 10-12 years ago, just for fun, my wife, a neighbor and I compared some outlaw amps we owned how to save lots of money fast (7-channel, 200w/ch and 200w monos), with a 125w rotel amp and a 150w bel canto how to save lots of money fast (class D), which we also owned. We tried all four amps in our home theater using how to save lots of money fast two different pre-pros (outlaw and rotel) and a pair of thiel powerpoint speakers. We did the same thing in our media room, except the speakers were magnepans 1.6s. The audio level we listened to was around 65-70 dbs avg SPL. It was casual listening, nothing scientific, because we already owned the equipment and were wondering if how to save lots of money fast we could tweak something around for improvement with what we how to save lots of money fast had.

We went in expecting to hear something modestly different between how to save lots of money fast the amps, particularly since the rotel and the bel canto were significantly how to save lots of money fast more expensive…But, we did not. This was surprising to us. Ultimately, the consensus was no easily audible difference between the amps how to save lots of money fast when playing the thiel powerpoint speakers (we guessed wrong as much as we did right). With the magnepans, there was a slight "airy" sound that could be heard with the bel cantos, but only noticeable when doing A/B comparisons…Otherwise, no difference. Certainly, nothing even close to the audible difference the pre-pros had.

EDIT: whoops! Forgot to mention: not too long ago, also just for fun, I also compared a yamaha RX-A3040 I had in one room to a marantz AV8801 how to save lots of money fast pre-pro I had in our media room. Used wyred 4 sound amps to power the magnepans 3.7i’s we had in the media room. Bottomline: we did not notice much difference in sound when listening how to save lots of money fast to movies, maybe a tiny bit of difference on a closely listened how to save lots of money fast to A/B, but not anywhere near the level in difference we heard how to save lots of money fast between the rotel and outlaw pre-pros. In fact, at one point in a movie we forgot we had how to save lots of money fast the yamaha in the system . However, for music there was an audible difference that was easily how to save lots of money fast heard, more along the lines we expected for pre-pros with a large difference in cost.

We didn’t try to go through the exhausting detail you went how to save lots of money fast through to level match everything. Instead, we just level matched the audio output for each system how to save lots of money fast we used and used the existing cables, etc., in that particular equipment rack/room, then sent all but one person outside of the room. We routinely rotated who went out of the room. When the "testers" came back into the room, they had to "guess" which pre-pro (or amplifier) was in use. It was interesting to find out that you mentioned a how to save lots of money fast deeper sound in the HK (and a 12 of 15 match rate) because a deeper sound or weight of sound was how how to save lots of money fast we were generally able to "guess" when the rotel was playing vs the outlaw. My wife and I "guess" the rotel pre-amp correctly 100% (probably due to being familiar with both sounds, because when our rotel pre-amp would crap out and be sent in for repair, we would sub the outlaw until the rotel got back…So, we had a lot of experience with both pre-pros in that system). Our neighbor initially was more wrong than right on the how to save lots of money fast pre-pros until we broke down and told him about listening how to save lots of money fast to the weight of sound when the rotel was in. From there he was right more than wrong. However, the amps were a different story, as I mentioned earlier.

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