Recently got a new amp - a non monoblock version of the Arion RS-250:
Because they are not monoblocks they are a bit cheaper at $2400.00.
OK - how do they sound compared to the NAKSA 100 I had in my system.
It was smoother with more detail - a more natural refined kind of sound. The NAKSA is a very enjoyable musical amp you can listen to with a smile on your face for long periods of time. The Arion is a smidgen less toe tapping and musical, but there is not a lot in it. Both have excellent bass grip and easily fill my room with a volume above which I would not care to go.
One thing in it's favour is the Arion has a nearly 4V input sensitivity that is perfect for direct connecting to DAC's. Already my Playback Design's DAC has taken a big lift because I can direct connect it and not hear a big hiss. The NAKSA has about 1V sensitivity and direct connecting the PD used to produce quite a bit of background hiss that meant you really needed to use a pre which wasn't as transparent - to my ears anyway.
However its true metal will be tested when I get a chance to compare it against Hugh's new NAKSA which he thinks is a good step above the one I have. So yes the Arion is better - but round 2 will be the the interesting one. Is digital now really of age - we will find out.
Edited by bhobba, 27 June 2013 - 11:18 AM.