I'm getting serious here about a new 2 channel amp. My speakers are AAD2001 monitors, 86db sen. I came across the Van Alstine web site (avahifi.com) and found it pretty interesting. It seems like the owner, Frank has been designing & building top notch gear for quite some time. I've read many great reviews on his products. He seems like a real no B.S. type of guy. I talked to Frank directly & he recommends his OmegaStar 440EX amp to fit my needs. It is rated at 220x2. It almost seems too inexpensive @ $1499. On the flip side I've also been eyeing a McIntosh MC252 which is 250X2 & around $3800. Any one here ever had one of Frank's amps & if so how was it. In comparison is the Mac delivering $2300 more in performance? I'm also open to suggestions on amps you guys can recommend. The amp will be used in both HT & 2 channel. Thanks
GET IT !!! Great Stuff, i have several AVA items, NEVER had a failure in any unit in over 10 years. the soun dis teh best you can get. Priced for mortals. I use 4 mono VanAstines driving Legacy Whispers, about 4200W Ultra hybrid phase inverters, latest Ultra EC hybrid pre amp...SUPERB,
I talked to Frank & he suggested the OmegaStar 440EX would be a perfect fit for my system. He actually talked me out of his more expensive FetValve 550 amp. Kind of refreshing to come across that type of recommendation. Hopefully it should be here right after Easter. Can't wait!!
Frank is a cool dude, knows his stuff, makes GREAT stuff, and is honest. Been at it for 40 years, he knows audio ckts...I use 2 AVA OmegaStar EX Hafler P500 (1200W each in mono) he rebuilt to modern fast 800V/us new MOSFETS ckts new boards and 2 AVA/Hafler DH500 for mids)about 900W RMS mono) Mono through 2 of AVA Ultra Hybrid phase inverters, from an Ultra hybrid EC pre amp w remote and phono too, and an Omega DAC And an OmegaStar EX Dyna PAT5 as extra input capacity......STUPENDOUS sound driving my Legacy WHISPERS www.legacyaudio.com I have had AVA stuff for over 10 years from Omega III on up, NEVER had a problem with any of them ever, flawless prformance, superb incredible sound.