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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Resnick View Post
    Which transformer-coupled SET amps do you believe have sufficient iron to transcend the transformer limitation and be truly transparent, and be competitive on that attribute with OTLs?
    Well, we can talk about this privately, since I don't want to discuss my brand too much in a public forum. Suffice to say, that I have heard one or two SETs that get VERY close to that bracing and breathtaking feeling a good OTL delivers. It is not just transparency but perceived dynamics too, micro and macro. The SET did better with "feel" and coherence, particularly in top to bottom tonal consistency. Personally, I think a SET OTL could be the ideal amplifier. However, I only know of two companies that make them; Aries Cerat (for an all-out assault on the concept) and Transcendent Sound, which offers a 4 watt kit (or 12 watt monos) for a bit over $1000. I am really tempted to buy and build the kit to play on my 96db Foxtex based Decware HDT speakers...just to see what it is all about. The Collatio II from AC makes like 20 or 25 watts, which is fine for me but the 1200 watts of heat and 120Kg are not fine...but that is half measures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bonzo75 View Post
    This is true, but it is also true that certain amps are not transparent even if they match. They might be excellent on respective speakers yet be colored and not transparent.
    You raise a good point. Probably better to say I think its more likely to be transparent if the speaker/amp interface is correct.

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    Thank you, Brad. But there still is the very important matter of integration with the bass tower amplifier.

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