Guys, the forum on whether or not amps sound the same or different got me seriously wondering about Crown amps. I've never heard Class A or Class I topology-based amps. In audiophile circles, Crown amps are immediately dismissed and then when you ask if the person has actually auditioned a Crown amp, the answer is no. So, I want to get some factual data and information from people who either use or have auditioned Crown amps and I have the following questions:\n\n\nHave you auditioned Crown amps in a true audiophile setup? If so, what amps did you compare the Crown against?\nI've looked at the Crown models and they don't seem to have standard binding posts for speaker wiring. If one were to look at Crown amps, what model or series would be appropriate in an audiophile setup?\nWere there any sonic differences (good, bad or ugly) with the Class I topology if you heard those models?\nWhy does Crown have a stellar reputation in pro circles and get dissed in audiophile circles? Is it ignorance, is it the fact that some have fans? Theories?\n\nI appreciate any feedback and thoughts. I see the likes of Emotiva, Crown, Sherborne, to name but a few that give great bang for the buck in terms of amplification.