Curious about opinions on which is the CTH-8550 stronger at, amp or preamp? In other words, if I was going to step into the Dartzeel separates, should I get the NHB-108 or NHB-18NS first. And let’s assume any could handle my speaker load.
IMHO the CTH8550 strongest feature is the amplifier - as referred in the previous post it is more powerful than the 108. Although I do not have experience with the new NHB108 mk2 I would never buy the NH18 and the NHB108 separately - they are very expensive and IMHO unless used together they are not competitive .
Having previously owned the 8850 and 108 and currently running the 18NS and 458s I would agree with the comment above. The current 108 and 18NS are considerably superior to the old 8550. I have not heard the 8550 MK.2
So if I am hearing comments so far, you would recommend going with NHB-18 first. micro recommending unless you are going with NHB-108 or 458, the NHB-18 isn’t competitive for price. Does that sound right?