Go with a Purifi-based or Parasound Power Amp?

To Doug Schneider,

Thanks for a helpful, illuminating write-up on the speaker everyone wants to know about—the KEF LS50 Meta.

You mentioned listening to them with your Purifi Audio demo unit, and it seems you liked the pairing.

On the topic of commercially available Purifi Audio power amps that might be just perfect for the Meta—the NAD C 298 power amplifier [using Purifi Eigentakt technology] is available everywhere and lists for $2000 (in USD).

I was wondering if you knew whether the C 298 is in the SoundStage! review pipeline at all, and more generally, if you think it would be a smart choice to audition with the LS50 Meta.

I’m stuck between going sorta brutish and old school with a Parasound Halo A 21+ amplifier or submit to my futuristic, energy-efficient overlords and go Purifi. Without boring you about all my gear, I’ll just say I think I have a neutral DAC and strive for a neutral but lifelike and engaging sound signature out of my speakers—now or in the future.

Thanks again!

Tony A.
United States

So many audiophiles fear change, so they get stuck in the same rut with old-school products when, in many cases, they could have something better. Parasound makes very good amplifiers and the A 21+ could make you happy, but I strongly encourage you to have a look at NAD’s new C 298 power amp. I’ll let the cat out of the bag and tell you that we have it in the review schedule and, in my opinion, this amp should be on the shortlist for anyone looking for top-flight amplification, even if they’re willing to spend multiples of its price. I hope that helps. . . . Doug Schneider