No: TORII MK II - Push pull amplifier.
Impressions: May 2009
I really don't know what to say except that this is
one amazing amplifier. If had it on most all of the
daytime since it came in and while the sound is still
changing as the amp breaks-in it seems to be settling
in nicely. This amp already sounds miles ahead of anything
I've had in my system. It sounds much "bigger"
than my current 200 wpc amps. How you get a 25 watt
amp to sound like this is what I'd like to know.
amp (compared to my current 200 wpc, class D amps) has
MUCH better weight, tonality, pitch definition, better
extension and clarity in the treble. Grain/glare are
non-existent with the most natural detail that I've
heard. Dynamic contrasts are much better than my current
amp - classical music is exciting to listen now. And
as your web page states the detail is there in the music
from an extremely low level without turning it up. I
seem to have plenty of gain and I've yet to clip the
amp even listening at (to me) pretty decent levels with
my Merlin VSMs. I've owned the VSM's for about 10 years
and now I know that I really had not heard what they
had quite a few pieces over the past 25 years: Audio
Research, Music Reference, VTL, Atma-Sphere and most
recently my only venture into solid state: a Channel
Island D200 Class D amp. Your amp is far and away the
best I have ever heard in my system (I had the Atma-Sphere
amps for 10 years and know very well what they sound
like) and I will certainly not be sending it back. I
really wish I had a way to communicate to other Merlin
owners how well this amp seem to work with these speakers.
Thank you for an outstanding product at a very reasonable
question I have now is what's your timing on the ERRs?