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Paul S
San Diego, California, USA
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Post #: 21
Post ID: 18340
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All In
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The MA-9S2 center channel turned out to be good enough that I have gone whole hog and bought another (new) pair.  I think Marantz (Japan) has discontinued the amp (at least for US distribution), and I did not want to let them slip away.  I will write more in a specific thread once the new amps are broken in and I have a feeling for the sound via the DEBZs, in stereo.

Paul S
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Paul S
San Diego, California, USA
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Post #: 22
Post ID: 18563
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The Name of the PP Triode/SS Hybrid
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Since I "forgot" to mention it before, the very interesting amp I mentioned up the thread is the Nat Audio Generator monoblock, a Serbian PP triode/SS hybrid of some sort.  Now that I have the MA-9S2s, there is no reason for me to check back on the Nat specs, but the sound - even through "high-end, audiophile" speakers -  was pretty damned good, up to the the amp's "limits", whatever they may be.  In other words, repeating myself, I think the amps may not "transition" well, whether into hyper-drive or clipping, I don't know.  I think they are rated at 140W, and they seem to punch above their weight, which probably encourages the Morons to abuse them, like they did/do with the ML2s.

Anyway, I mention these amps not for the Morons to consume, rather I put them out there to be assessed on their merits by those who can hear for themselves and make rational decisions.

Paul S

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