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Jim Tavegia
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Amp reviews? How to choose?

I am curious as to how Phile goes about choosing amps for review? This is not a criticism, I'm just curious.

The review of the Flying Mole is making me ask this. I guess is does offer proof of Caveat Emptor.

I think many would like to seem a review or 2 of the Ref Marantz pieces, ie the PM series and to possibly include the top the SC 7S2 preamp with a pair of MA-9S2 amps at 300 watts/channel. At a package price of $24K it is surely high-end land. The PM 15 and PM11 also seem worthy candidates along with the visually stunning SA 11 and 15 CD/SACD players.

I think this important as here we have a company who helped develop the CD and continues to support SACD in what I would call a big way. They also offer a number of nice players under $1K that deserves to be credited for supporting a format Sony will not.

Just my 2 cents. They might just drive ST or AD's Quads to sonic bliss as well as the Moon i-7 did. You never know.

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Re: Amp reviews? How to choose?

Jim - As I recall from things written in the magazine, reviewers either hear something potentially interesting at a show, or check recommendations out/investigate a buzz. If something sounds promising at a show, they might request a review sample. It would make sense to seek out things that they deem might be good after hearing it a little -- why would anyone want to spend several weeks or months being subjected to torture? Maybe a mag writer will provide a more definitive answer, but, I suspect it's something along those lines.

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Re: Amp reviews? How to choose?

Looking forward to seeing your sketches from the show. Maybe JA will take a page, or part of a page, from the old Stereo Review where Rodriquez? always had some nice drawings with some witty captions on the last page.

Maybe next to the last page as I do enjoy RB's writing. Less about gear and more about software.

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Re: Amp reviews? How to choose?


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As I recall from things written in the magazine, reviewers either hear something potentially interesting at a show, or check recommendations out/investigate a buzz. If something sounds promising at a show, they might request a review sample.

In this case, that pretty much sums it up. As Bob Deutsch states in the review, he first encountered Flying Mole at the 2006 Home Entertainment Show.

When we got back to NYC, a representative from Flying Mole gave us a call. Having noted Bob's blog entry, they thought he might be interested in receiving the amp for formal review.

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