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The most overrated amp on the community market imo. Fantastic measurements, at the expense of musicality
Well maybe nwavguy thinks that musicality is a subjective term?
It is well understood that there are people listen to the music, and there are people who listen for the gear, and there are nothing wrong with both.
So it's not your taste, that's obvious, and it's objectively (hence the name) an excellent performer (which you seem to acknowledge), so how does that make it overrated? Perhaps your own tastes are "overrated" (by you) regarding to this drop?
It's fine to not find something not to your liking, but why cast shade on it for simply being different (not worse) than your preference?
I have a few builds of O2, it's great value, it's just that it's a tiny taste of hi-fi but not quite a revelation either. Schiit is also another interesting option to look at, which in my opinion, offers a lot of interesting selections.
I haven't even owned a schiit product since they first released the gungnier/ mjolnir, and it seems they constantly improve their offerings.
Nothing against Schiit, or any other brand, but calling a $95 amp overrated when it delivers what it promises misleads less seasoned members into thinking this is low quality or not worth the price. I think we can live in a world where both brands are acceptable values, and neither is under or over rated?
There are so many products in this segment that are 99% BS and snake oil, that is why I am harping on this. Let's call BS on all those products, rather than nitpick the "good" ones.
Brand picking is brand picking.. too many folks say you need more when you can do with less. I'd be weary of people who say things are better, when better is subjective. Better how or why is nice to know given so many people have an opinion. My advice live within your means. Don't let people tell you to get X and X combo. Get good sourced material!
I've got to agree with you on that, too many people push their budgets to get the hot new gear, when they could get great results within their means. I think this is why we have to be honest in our discussions about this gear, and save our criticism for items that fail to deliver on the price/performance metric, or fail to fulfill the promises made by their manufacturer.
Living within your means is a lesson a lot of people need to learn in many areas of life, but in this world of multi-thousand dollar cables, I agree that it is especially relevant.
You're not wrong but that was the point of his design. "Objective" wasn't just a catchy name