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Is it just me or does this seem rather expensive for a class D amp?
A quality hybrid would be reasonable at this price but seriously... why give creative $300+ when you could get a Much higher quality amp for the same or less?
If you read the description page you would know that:
-It is a speaker amp
-It's a headphone dac and amp
-It has a microphone jack
-It can act as a pre-amp for powered monitors
-It has a full featured software suite for total control.
And more. So if you can find a unit that can replicate all of that functionality then by all means, go buy it instead of this.
Hybrid as in tubes? Tube amps are low fidelity.
Not low fidelity exactly, some of the best setups in the world have tube amps or preamps because people enjoy the softer tubey sound it provides with the little harmonic distortion introduced.
Audible distortion = low fidelity.
Have you ever listened to tube amps? It's not distortion like you would hear about in a bad amp or clipping speakers, it's second harmonic distortion. It's not offensive in any way, it's quite the opposite. When it comes to harmonic distortion, there is high and low, audio companies aim to remove the high harmonic distortion because that is what is audibly bad. Tube amps just smooth out the sound. You can't tell me a 20K setup with some Martin Logan's and a Macintosh tube amp is low fidelity.