I would not characterize myself as “die hard” anyone and if I would then my selections in audio would hardly relate to my alleged “die hard” inclinations.
Lamm’s stuff is perfectly fine – as good as it could be, within the scope of Lamm’s own capacity and sense of self. The problem is that Lamm personally is severally restricted and limited person with very distinctive tendencies to move into a direction where his potential capacities would never be utilized within a scope of any serious references. When I first exposed to what Lamm did it was very progressive, highly educational very beneficial for my evolvement. Unfortunately Lamm never when further then juts being an angry Ukrainian who managed to catch a few tricks here and there and who has in his head the only one frustration - how to cash out his focuses with those wealthy Yankees.
Do, not get me wrong: the Lamm stuff from the mid-end 90s was quite good, way more interesting then most of the audio available out there. Unfortunately, or fortunately – nothing stay stationary and we all in our ways to somewhere. So, the direction to where Lamm is drifting is completely out of my interest or from a direction of any series listener what I would respect.
Today Lamm’s operation is an agglomeration of cheating, deception and unethicality not to mention that some of the things they do are near-criminal. I terminated any relationship with Lamms and declared to them that they are becoming a full of crap during the winter 2001-2002. I was using some of this audio since then (the earlier production) and was looking a way to eliminate the imperfections that detected in the Lamm electronics. Recently I was able to substantially over-perform what Lamm was able to offer in his best time and, I think, this journey is well documented in my site.
Lamm, still has a strong reputation among the mid-class of audio hoodlums – the real high-end users had dropped Lamms or they are in process of doing it as the newest Lamms production is more horrifying then a crappy transistor radio form 70s. This all should lead that Lamm will eventually turn into a glorified Hi-Fi McDonalds, sort of pretentious Bang & Olufsen. So, if today the people who really know something about sound listening the Lamm’s ask themselves the questions “What happened?” then in a few year the name Lamm will ignite nothing else then a smile of pity.
If you think that I too intensify what is doing on with Lamm’s sound then… juts listened the Sound that Lamm is doing for the last few years…
Anyhow, saying all of this I would suggest you the following: even today the idiots who have Stereophile pulp attached to their heads instead of ears pay twice more to the newest predication of ML2 and M1.2 despite of the fact that the older production performs 594933 times better. In a few years you might be able to fish a 10 years old ML2, L1, M1.1 for a very little money- pretty much exactly how they should cost initially. I assure you that they would be wonderful electronics.
It is very sorry to learn the one more company is gone to a toilet…
Romy the Cat
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche