I'm posting tonite beacause I have been listening to the M-125's for several weeks now and I feel compelled to share my impressions. I feel that Bob has set a benchmark for value and performance with these amps. Let me tell you about the system they are in to give you some perspective. It's a bi-amped system that serves as a home theater and a music system. The source for music is generally a Marantz CD5003, the digital output of this connects to a Behringer SCR2496, this serves as a digital source selector, removes jitter and reclocks if needed. The digital signal from this feeds a modified DCX2496 with Jan Diddens excellent 6- channel analouge output board in it. It's functions are digital crossover, EQ, preamp, and DAC. The high output from this feeds the M125's, the lows are amplified by a 1200W 100+lb current dumping monster SS amp, hehe, I like plenty of bass when watching action movies, this thing has it's own 240VAC feed. Speakers are modified Ascend Acoustic CM340's on the high end, and Dayton Reference 12" subwoofers in sealed boxes for tight, fast bass on the low end.
Ok, how does this sound? Well, my friends tell me they have never heard better sound reproduced in a home. It destroys their mid-fi systems. Lyle Lovette is in the room with you, so real you get goosebumps. You sense the space of the studio, you hear his lips, his tounge, his breath, his stool creak. Steely Dan Aja is spellbinding, live, dynamic, amazing! Telarc discs are stunning, my guests are amazed at the realism and dynamics. The Mobile Fidelity Labs version of Pink Floyd The Wall is mesmorizing, transfixing, haunting. The M125's are incredible sounding.. transparent, dead quiet, dynamic, powerfull, revealing, natural, smooth, detailed. I have tried a lot of high dollar amps in the system (including a Class A SS amp) and I have no desire to replace the M125's. Any further upgrades with be focussed on the speakers, and possibly a DEQX if I can find a deal on one. Oh, must mention the tubes in the M125's, I did some rolling and ended up with JJ ECC 802S and Westinghouse 12BH7's in the driver boards, and EI KT90 power tubes. I carefully balanced the phase splitters with a 'scope and set the bias per Bob's recomendation. I hope I didn't come off too strong, but I wanted to try to convey just how good these amps are. Thanks Bob! Below is my system with the two M-125's on the left ..