A bit of valves indulgence...
But before I do, let me recount an experience that let me in doubt of that statement.
A few years back, I have spent an afternoon listening to Tosca valve amps teamed up with Ocellia speakers and I have to admit that I did throughly enjoyed myself, almost missing my plane back to Sydney.
You read the whole story on my "Interviews" page.
Now, you will find below some very troubling comparisons that I have extracted from the Australian Hifi Magazine. I don't recall anybody doing such a comparison before. And let me state that what I am about to present is NOT intended to belittle or promote the chosen products. Neither is it a reflexion on the reviewer(s) involved. Some might think so when they see me using Bryston as a solid state reference, and yes there is a certain level of bias here (sic) as I know very well and use a Bryston 3B in my system. These two products have similar usage and pricing and both are very well engineered and built, and the Audio Space looks almost like a Nagra on steroids - very sexy indeed!
So here we are:
Audio Space Reference 3.1 (300B) - price in Oz 5.480$
Read the whole review here: http://www.avhub.com.au/images/stories/australian-hifi/reviews/2013/2013-09/audio_space_ref_3p1_amp_review_test_lores.pdf
Bryston 135-SST2 - price in Oz 5,999$
Harmonic distortion on the solid state amp is buried in the overall very low noise of the amp.
Read the whole review here: http://www.avhub.com.au/images/stories/australian-hifi/reviews/2013/2013-05/bryston_b135sst2_amplifier_review_test_lo-res.pdf
My particular taste in the way I like music reproduced is one leaning towards "realism" and "accuracy", rather than "musicality". In most cases I find the rendition of the music I listen to more satisfying on a good solid state amplifier.
But, as a journalist, I am interested in both technologies, and as a photographer, I am much more inclined to shoot valve porn than surgical solid state - although Dan D'Agostino gets my photographic juices flowing...
So without further ado, here are a few of these pictures taken at the Show