Submitted June 17, 2010
"Outstanding sound quality, and simply incredible value."
I'm very happy about finding this amp. I don't know if other pro-audio amps are as satisfying as this one, but I really wish that I'd discovered this amp a long time ago. It seems to me, that other hifi enthusiasts would be *very* pleasantly surprised, if they were willing to try one of these in their systems. It also seems to me that there is an assumption that pro-audio must not be suitable for home hifi use - probably the lower prices must lead to this assumption, along with the sales pitches provided by the upper-end home-hifi manufacturers.
I'm using this amp in a home hifi system with a Logitech Transporter and some great speakers & subwoofer. This is my first pro-audio amp, and I'm really impressed. Previously I've tried various home-use amps from Bryston, Musical Fidelity, NAD, Parasound, etc. Sonically this Samson Servo 120a product is equal to, or better than, all other amps I've previously tried. It is powerful, punchy, alive-sounding, and uncolored - simply fantastic sound. Although we usually listen at low-to-medium levels, this amp also has *plenty* of power to reach our loudest listening levels with ease - and the level meters never even reach half-way toward clipping even on the musical transients. Excellent ability to resolve all the innermost details of a recording (better than all other amps I've tried).
Things to love about this amp: Speaker protection relay circuitry (no speaker "thumps" when powering on or off the amp), individual level dials, level led's, balanced connections, separate power cord, high-quality speaker binding posts, speaker-mute button, fan-less design, already-installed rubber feet, absolutely quiet operation of the unit (i.e. no transformer hum or buzz coming from the amplifier itself, and also no hum/buzz/hiss etc from the speakers - this amp is perfectly quiet). This amp does not even get hot (only barely warm) with extended operation.
Things I wish this amp also had: Balanced XLR inputs (instead of balanced TRS), and auto-on "signal-sense" capability (e.g. like the Parasound amps have. These would have made the amp literally "perfect" in my book - but these are obviously only *very* minor wishes, and would certainly not stop me from buying another one of these amps! I use XLR-female to 1/4"-TRS cables between my Transporter and amplifier (cables purchased online from Blue Jeans Cable), and will probably use a remote-controlled high-current powerstrip for convenience (instead of always getting up to turn the amp on and off from its front power-button).
Ease of Use
Simple to use - probably could not be simpler! Just plug in and play, and it sounds fantastic right out of the box.
This is an *extremely* well-made and solid product - this was immediately apparent when unpacking it. Absolutely bulletproof in design, I can see why pro-audio amps are ready for either fixed-use or taking on the road. It has a very nice minimalist look to it in a stereo rig, and the led's are actually very cool to watch during operation as well.
This is my biggest surprise - that you can get an amplifier of this extraordinary high quality, without paying "name-brand hifi price" (i.e. Bryston, Musical Fidelity, etc). I suppose that pro-audio manufacturers make and sell so much product, that the resulting economy-of-scale allows them to sell this kind of quality for a much lower price. Don't let the price fool you! This product is low-priced, but not "cheap" in any way whatsoever.
Haven't needed any support yet (I doubt that I will ever need any support - this is an extremely well-built amp).
The Wow Factor
At this point in my life after trying so much different home hifi gear over all the years, I'm all about practicality and function instead of glitz and shiny color. :)
This product just works and does a fantastic job - this is its real appeal to me.
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