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Are amps improving? [message #87377] Tue, 06 March 2018 14:12 Go to next message
SpeakUp is currently offline  SpeakUp
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I've read a few articles claiming that, while there's a lot of development in audio technology, amps have more or less remained the same over the years. I think most of them have said that amps today are just as good as (or worse than) amps that were made twenty years ago. Is that true?
Re: Are amps improving? [message #87384 is a reply to message #87377] Tue, 06 March 2018 15:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
gofar99 is currently offline  gofar99
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Hi, It kind of depends on what you call improving. Solid state ones are now cheaper and in many ways better than the really early ones. However I sense a plateau on them that is about 5-10 years old. Very small improvements that are unlikely to be noticed. I doubt that there is anyone alive that can hear the difference between 0.1% distortion and 0.05%. Same for a number of other parameters. IMO there has been an improvement in tube based amps. New designs and better components have upped the game there. Cost has not gone down though.

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Re: Are amps improving? [message #92582 is a reply to message #87377] Sat, 07 November 2020 19:33 Go to previous message
tom-m is currently offline  tom-m
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I believe class D amps have made big quality improvements over the last 10 years, or so.
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