Howard said: The Bryston 9B SST2 looks like a million bucks, and its rock-solid construction means it will likely see your kids through nursery school, kindergarten, grade school, college, and grad school. And it performs at a level that will scare the bejesus out of amps costing twice as much.
The gist: Solid performance from a venerable company. Yet again.
Price: $25,000 per pair
Jeff said: But if you want the best sound that transistors can produce, you just better go out and invest in some Classé Omega Omicron Monos before their ilk disappears altogether.
The gist: Canadian powerhouse flexes its muscle.
Price: $7250 per pair
Garrett said: Their combination of top-to-bottom balance, clean and resolving highs, magnificent bass and slam, articulate speed and PRAT, and gorgeous brocade of sound, seems to me very hard to beat.
The gist: Back to the future.
Price: $7850 per pair
Marc said: If vividness and excitement are what you like about listening to recorded music, the M100 monoblocks will certainly deliver. They never sound languid or limp, always enhancing the rhythmic qualities of the music and especially conveying the space on well-made recordings.
The gist: Looking for good Chinese? Taste these.
Price: $51,975 per pair
Marc said: While vacuum tubes will always have their issues, audiophiles will continue to admire them, and an amplifier like the Model 9600 only increases the pull. If your audiophile rite of passage begins with the Model 9600, I predict it will end there as well.
The gist: Are there better-looking tube amps? Uh, no.