There have been many attempts over the years to reproduce the “straight wire with gain” purist approach to amplifying an audio signal. For what seems like such a straight-forward process it still amazes me how many different approaches there are.
Many years of first hand experience tells me that the choice of amplification goes a very long way towards defining the overall quality of an audio system. So this is certainly not an area on which to hold back on.
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