PeterCapo wrote:tubes4hifi wrote:published specs are nearly worthless, as most any piece of "hi-fi" gear has specs so good that they way below listening thresholds.
I'll just say that Bob and I consistently (and this means like every week of every year for the past 15-20 years)
get emails from customers saying that our equipment is so far superior to others they have owned and heard.
This includes McIntosh, Audio Research, Cary, Pass Labs, and others, most of which cost 3-10x as much for equivalent gear.
I'm not talking about joe-blow customers with a $2000 system, I'm talking about customers with $50K+ systems.
Good enough for me and our customers !!
Well, I'll have to respectfully disagree with your statement that formally published specs are nearly worthless. Performance specifications, verified by disinterested independent lab tests, have long been an integral part of knowing what you're getting - a transparent assurance for those who prefer to be informed consumers. Apart from this, it's pretty hard to know how to respond to the rather extreme claims you have made over time.
You make remarks consistently on the forum here about how good the original Dynaco ST-70 sounds without even having heard the VTA version of the amp ! You say you now have a non functional VTA ST-70. Fix this amp and then do an unbiased comparison with an original Dynaco ST-70. Be sure to have not only you but others listen to a comparison of the two amps at the same time with the same music.. I have done the same comparison with audiophile friends in my own living room and most types of music (especially rock music) and the general consensus is that the VTA version of the ST-70 sounds better than the original amp. (stronger and more realistic sounding) Yes - It may not even be fair to compare an amp whose design is over 60 years old with the more modern VTA version of the amp. The older amp will have probably some older parts that are worn and should be replaced. Read the comparison of a stock Dynaco ST-70 with the VTA ST-70 done by a customer and his friend at the link below ..
Comparison > An original Dynaco ST-70 and a VTA ST-70