- Apr 7, 2018
What those lack in regard to modern top amplification is speed .
Are the 536 s fast?
Are they fast? Compared to the top amps of today? No. They don't compare to Boulder, Gryphon, DartZeel etc. But then again all those amps are 2x-3x more expensive. The 536s are a real option in their price range. A legitimate High End amp in the 30k per pair range. Once you double that price or more though those amps excel in almost every way. I say almost because where the 536s will compete and exceed some of those top amps is in the soundstage size and depth given top front end gear and I think that was a choice they made ... a design goal which they achieved. They will give you a glimpse of what you can achieve if you are willing to spend much more and if not then they still give you that glimpse into that rarified air that many will simply never breath. But no ... ML doesn't offer a product today that will hold its place in history like the No33s did back in their day. I agree that's a shame ... and don't get me started again on their new digital. LOL
What I would really love to see is them take the No33s as the starting point and improve upon that design and bring that to market. Would be interesting ... Anyone at Harman listening in?