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liquidsun
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Class A/AB amplifiers value

Hello there,
These days I'm a bit bothered with the value of the class A/AB amplifiers.
To be more precise, why are the class A/AB amplifiers the only one considered as an "audiophile" choice of amplification when they measure worse compared to the nowadays class D (hypex, ICEpower) amplifiers in both S/N ratio, THD, and power.

I understand that in the past the class D amplifiers couldn't handle the distortion in the high-frequency region, but today's modern designs don't have any problems with distortion in any region at all. So, what's the true value of the class A/AB designed amplifiers?
Why do they cost more when they measure worse?
How are they supposed to sound better when they measure worse?

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To be more precise, why are the class A/AB amplifiers the only one considered as an "audiophile" choice of amplification when they measure worse compared to the nowadays class D (hypex, ICEpower) amplifiers in both S/N ratio, THD, and power.


Why do you say that? I see 5 highly-rated Class D amps among the "Class A" ranked Solid-State Amplifiers in the Stereophile Recommended Components Oct. 2020. I grant that the majority are not but I think that will change over time and soon.

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