Talk to some sound engineers, I am sure they would be more than happy to debate that with you.
It`s killing me to hear how some people saying that this amp is 100 time better than other. how absolute terms can be applied to subjective matter is beyond me. Manufacturers driven by profit, they make way more making cheapo crap for average user. most users driven by marketing.
expensive amps , engineered better, assembled better and use better parts to acomplish the same thing. Some manufacturers prefer to drop a line of less profitable products that to adjust to competition lower prices by moving production to cheaper places and use cheap parts. Some still adjust in hope to sell by their established reputation. Highest quality stuff from 30years before and now still cost a fortune. best 2" multitracker was 1/4 of a million dollars 30 years ago, they have on of the best digital system now and owned by Harman Studer [Homepage]