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    SimAudio 860A V2 Power Amp Review

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    Re: SimAudio 860A V2 Power Amp Review

    SimAudio has proven itself to be a stellar performer. That’s great news.
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    Re: SimAudio 860A V2 Power Amp Review

    very cool.

    how is the Sim tonally different from the Pass X350.8? I understand that they are completely different designs.
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    Re: SimAudio 860A V2 Power Amp Review

    Quote Originally Posted by KeithR View Post
    very cool.

    how is the Sim tonally different from the Pass X350.8? I understand that they are completely different designs.
    The pass is tube like in nature. A looser bass, like tubes. Warmer.

    The Sim has SLAM, dynamics, control and a buttery smooth top end. BIG soundstage.


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    Re: SimAudio 860A V2 Power Amp Review

    Very helpful, thanks.

    Coming to the conclusion that if I do try another amp, the 350.8 is probably the best option. I'm more in that "camp."
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    Re: SimAudio 860A V2 Power Amp Review

    Quote Originally Posted by KeithR View Post
    Very helpful, thanks.

    Coming to the conclusion that if I do try another amp, the 350.8 is probably the best option. I'm more in that "camp."
    Itís a beast! Terrific balls amp. Bass is ďtube likeĒ and the amp is very sweet sounding.


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    Re: SimAudio 860A V2 Power Amp Review

    Heard it today at Mike’s. This amp makes an outstanding pairing with the Magico A5s; actually the best I’ve heard so far.

    What did I hear? Music flows naturally with nice clarity, excellent dynamics and bass control.

    If going with separates, this amp would be a terrific match for the A5s.
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    Re: SimAudio 860A V2 Power Amp Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Ritmo View Post
    Heard it today at Mikeís. This amp makes an outstanding pairing with the Magico A5s; actually the best Iíve heard so far.

    What did I hear? Music flows naturally with nice clarity, excellent dynamics and bass control.

    If going with separates, this amp would be a terrific match for the A5s.
    Thanks. Useful info. If it sounds great with the A5s, it would probably sound great with the S5mkii
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    Re: SimAudio 860A V2 Power Amp Review

    Very nice looking amp... SimAudio seems to be doing some great things for sure!
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    Re: SimAudio 860A V2 Power Amp Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Ritmo View Post
    Heard it today at Mikeís. This amp makes an outstanding pairing with the Magico A5s; actually the best Iíve heard so far.

    What did I hear? Music flows naturally with nice clarity, excellent dynamics and bass control.

    If going with separates, this amp would be a terrific match for the A5s.
    What preamp was used?
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    Re: SimAudio 860A V2 Power Amp Review

    Quote Originally Posted by johnthomas View Post
    What preamp was used?
    Pass XP22


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    Mike, I’m glad to hear the Moon separates are moving your needle. I heard a lower level integrated a while back and was floored by it. I wish you had the big stuff when I last visited...looks like I’ll need to visit again once COVID dies down.

    I know we love seeing gear in tv/movies - my wife and I tried out Sharp Objects on Netflix when it first aired and I noticed the main character’s dad had a full-on Moon setup, including the huge 888’s.

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    Re: SimAudio 860A V2 Power Amp Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Mike, Iím glad to hear the Moon separates are moving your needle. I heard a lower level integrated a while back and was floored by it. I wish you had the big stuff when I last visited...looks like Iíll need to visit again once COVID dies down.

    I know we love seeing gear in tv/movies - my wife and I tried out Sharp Objects on Netflix when it first aired and I noticed the main characterís dad had a full-on Moon setup, including the huge 888ís.

    AAAB8632-FEF9-47FC-8F50-8A21D8DD9E6F.jpeg
    Thanks Sean. Any time! Those amps actually look like the 860 v2! The Sim stuff is fabulous. Smooth on top, linear, great bass and musical.


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    You know I thought the amps looked a little short in that picture. Especially when I went to the Sim site...also the timing of the 888 release probably wasn’t early enough for this show, too. Thanks for the correction.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Thanks Sean. Any time! Those amps actually look like the 860 v2! The Sim stuff is fabulous. Smooth on top, linear, great bass and musical.


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