I’m considering upgrading my power amp and am trying to decide between a new S300, or, provided I can find some, a used pair of M700s. I’m assuming the M700s will be several hundred more. New M700s would be well outside my budget.
So the question is which is the better choice. The system now consists of a Stellar Gain Cell DAC and an Emo BasX A-300 feeding Maggie .7s in a 14’x17’ room (with an 8’-8" ceiling). I really love the detailed, dynamic sound I have now, with the Emo punching well above its weight class, but given its price, I suspect, perhaps naively, that either Stellar amp would be an improvement.
I understand it’s a judgment call and everyone is likely to have their own opinion about the value quotient. I’m more interested in hearing people’s impressions of the sound of each, and if anyone has experience with both, some descriptions of the differences they heard.
Believe me, if I had the budget, I’d buy both new for audition, and return the one I liked less.