I'm loving what this little amp has done for the sound. The control that it has over the speakers is just amazing. The first thing that struck me was the clarity and slam on all instruments. The music feels tight and clear, with nice soundstage depth and width. The scale of the sound is huge, and I'm enjoying listening to my CD collection again.
I received my GaN amp on Monday. After letting it stay powered up for the entire day, I tried it with some music in the late evening. I was stunned at how great it sounds. I always thought the CDA 254 kit amps I built sounded ridiculously good for what they are, the GaN amp goes way beyond what the CDA amps can do.I think everybody should have at least one, just to realize how stupid equipment prices have become. This amp needs to bow before no one in my opinion, it really does sound that good.You should really be proud of what this amp can do.
This Mini GaN 5 hasIncredible sound, small footprint
This mighty little amplifier is astounding! I moved up to this amplifier from a $5000 class ab amp. The detail and soundstage is breathtaking! Plenty of robust power for my Martin Logan's. Wow!
Mini GaN 5 Maturing well
So now I have had this little baby for a month, each day I have run it in with music to test how the amplifier behaves with burnin,
no flat earth here. As I have been listening I observed several attributes, one of wjhich was that these babies showed how excellent they are with the best recordings, so I have purchased at least 20 more albums to critique them and enjoy them.
Treble. Sweet, extended, fast, as the amplifier has matured all these characteristics have improved, just with better separation, extension and placement in space. Class D can sound thin and gritty, none of that here, even poor recorded recodrs remain listenable.
Midrange. Male and female voices are a true strength, even friends say the vocalists are in my room, nothing can be better than that. What is also stunnig is the tone, tonal neutrality and space. The space around instruments and people has probably been the biggest change as the amplifier is used. More width, more depth, the speakers are really transparent now, everything comes in space 10ft high, wider than each speaker and as deep as tey are in the room.
Bass. Everything is fast, very fast. Class D can sound thin in the bass, which is why I could not keep the Wyred4Sound, even the top of the line monoblocks, could not compete here. A small improvement in the bass in space is observed as it has matured, and everything just seems more relaxed and open.
After so many huge and heavy beasts over the years, Parasound, Quad, Emotiva, Carver, Rotel, Meridian, Wyred4Sound, Nuprime, Odyssey, NAD, Cary, Linn, Starke and Lexicon, I wanted to find a class D with the sonics of the best class A/B, which I have no desire to lift anymore, so I needed to dethrone the Parasound and Nuprime, and eventually I have.
So how could it be improved? An exotic case, but that is nit picking. Only bass weight and consistency are unknown. Bass weight seems very good but I don't have a great lternative to test this, the Nuprime and Starke Audio are class D too, and it is better than they are. Consistency I will checj once I receive another order when I can compare the build consistency between multiple builds.
Yes, this is a rave review, and in the context of my goals very successful. Can I do better, with more money and weight, I can think of Parasound JC5 or JC1+, my favorite amps so far, only more thump and fullness, but this little baby is getting closer at a fraction of the cost, and maybe the bigger GAN amplifier can reach the levels of the JC1+. I await the dream.