“Listening to the PM-10 with my regular CAD 1543 MkII DAC and Melco N1A server via Bowers & Wilkins 802 D3 speakers reveals it to produce a crisply detailed yet smooth, grainless sound that has tube amp like finesse. It also has drive, that is the music that has this quality loses none of it in the amp’s hands, and the absence of perceived distortion encourages the volume upwards. Which means that a great recording like Bellezza Crudel (Vivaldi, Tone Wik, Barokkanerne, 2L) delivers all the tonal depth of the period instruments alongside the beauty of the soprano voice in the context of an effortless melody. A pretty complete musical experience in fact. This is a fast and powerful amplifier that manages to keep its own character largely under wraps…”
“…the SA-10 is a pretty sweet converter that delivers music in highly coherent and engaging fashion thanks to precise timing and a clean, low noise presentation…”
“…for those with decent CD collections, especially if they contain SACDs there’s a lot to be said for a disc spinner like this…”
“Both source and amp have very, very low perceived distortion which makes itself apparent in a clean, smooth presentation that some might feel lacks the grit of realism. But another view is that it doesn’t add the fine grain that other amplifiers introduce. You only have to hear the intimate yet open sound of Joni Mitchell singing ‘The Man I Love’ (Gershwin’s World, Herbie Hancock, Verve), over a chunky but soft bass line to appreciate just how close the 10 series combo gets to the heart of the music. The sound it produces is as sophisticated as the build and finish of the hardware itself but unlike that it has a soft side that gets you very close to the soul of the music.”
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