After reading several rave reviews of the Jeff Rowland Concerto Integrated and one also rave review of the Bel Canto REF1000 in respectable French audio magazines, I'd love to see a review of these amps in Stereophile. A comparative review would be especially worthwhile as these amps (as well as some smaller Bel Canto models) are built on B&O's ICEpower digital switching technology. It is striking that the JR Concerto has been described as "analog-like" or "tube-like" while being much more powerful than any tube amp. So that's pretty much the opposite of the cliches about "digital" anything.
I have a tube amp right now but, when dreaming of my future system, I look at all options with an open mind. Any chance to get a review of these beasts ?
BTW, I have also read rave reviews of a new digital amp by Flying Mole Corp in Japan. It is only 20W but a magazine reported that it could drive a pair of 17000-euro JBL Array monsters... and it costs just 670 euros. A 100W model seems to have been demonstrated recently at CES.
Is it just me, or is there some very disruptive potential in these digital switching amps ? If they indeed sound so great with no significant shortcomings, what is going to justify the existence of $20000+/pair monoblocks ?