Well i do believe there is a tube sound /solid state sound .
I think very good tube designs are especially good for acoustic non amplified music , they round things of a bit , sound a bit gentler/ higher resolution
Good solid state is all about control first.
I think they both have their charms .
I am now listening to what is probably one off the best 300 B amps on the market with the sophia electric /royal princess tube.
Transparency steps up and the sound becomes gentler more refinded .
Bass is more rounded but seems also deeper at times and very natural , pretty amazing.
Is there a winner ???
probably, but the music you like matters lot , tubes cant be beat probably on jazz , acoustic music , classical.
I havent heard all of the contenders but quite a few
Last edited by andromedaaudio; 06-17-2012 at 11:43 AM.
Dan gives a talk about the design of the momentum here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qE-W...layer_embedded
its interesting to note this is a class AB design and bi-polar devices throughout - couldnt be more opposite of nelson pass' designs with the exception of simpler circuits, less gain stages, etc. FETs being voltage devices not unlike tubes would make a showdown between the two one for the ages. i havent heard the momentum directly against the latest pass amps but i reckon its like chalk and cheese.
No offense intended by how do we reconcile those opinions?
I have heard the Sahas with Boulder and Momentum.
Lighten up. It's just a hobby. "...[S]ubjectivists have a live and let live attitude and anything that makes music sound better for someone else is wonderful."Teresa Goodwin
Then maybe you need to hear the Wilsons with the D'Agostino amps.
I recently heard the Momentum monos with the Alexandria XLF's at a local dealer. The combo was very good. Best sound I've heard out of Wilson's. It may have something to do with the XLF's new tweeter who knows.
Even more recently I heard the Momentum monos at the same dealer in the same room with Magico Q5's. I did not care for the sound of this combo. It was too polite for my taste. It appeared the Momentum mono's had a little trouble driving the Q5's. At about 90 db the meters on the amps where swinging quite a bit. I looked up the efficiency of the Q5's and the specs say 86db sensitivity at 4 ohms. At that efficiency I would want at the very least 600 wpc into 8 ohms. 1000 wpc would be better. I'm sure the Q5's would sound better with more juice.
That said I was impressed with the Momentum monos with a moderate load to drive. They look cool too.
If you tell us all the details about the system perhaps we can help tracing why you found the sound so poor. I have heard Sasha's sounding divine and sounding miserable - system matching is critical with these speakers.