Scythe Kama Bay Amp
I've spent the last week and a bit putting the Scythe Kama Bay Amp through its paces in as many ways as possible. Please bear in mind that I don't have access to a load tester or equipment to really test the actual performance of this amp; subsequently I will be relying on my 'ears'. I shall attempt to report as objectively as possible given the possible range of variables: Loudspeaker Impedance; Loudspeaker Efficiency; Room Size; Room Acoustics and Listening Preferences . The test setup that I used to assess the Kama Bay Amp has been listed below:
* Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
* XFX 630i/7150 IGPU mATX motherboard
* 2 x 80GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA II HDD's (RAID 0)
* Compro DVB-T300 Analogue/Digital TV card
* Scythe Kama Bay Amp
* Pair of stereo headphones
* Pair of Sony CP-DP2500H speakers ( 6 OHMS, 120W Peak, Rated Power 60W)
I tested the Kama Bay Amp in the following scenarios:
* Listening to music (Pantera's: Vulgar Display of Power; Vivaldi's: The Four Seasons; and Jean Michelle Jarre: Greatest Hits)
* Watching a DVD (Steven Spielberg's: War Of The Worlds);
* Gaming (Counter Strike: Source), and
* Watching television
The Scythe Kama Bay Amp provides a surprising amount of power for its size. I must admit that I was initially taken back by just how well the amplifier performed. For the first part of the listening tests I ran the amplifier and speakers without any equaliser presets to see just how well the amplifier replicated the audio output of the RealTek HD audio chip on my motherboard. The Scythe Kama Bay Amp performed very well. After introducing some equaliser presets and EAX voicings to colour the sound a little more to my preference, I again listened to the output at medium to loud volume. The Kama Bay Amp did display a little distortion at reasonable bass frequencies and again at high treble frequencies. But all things considered the Scythe Kama Bay Amp performed exceptionally well considering its size, and a slight fiddle with the volume knob or the slider on the EQ sorted the issue..
Gaming and movies were quite enjoyable once I got over the 2.1 sound. I'm sorry, but the availability of a 7.1 sound system at home as well as 5.1 system for gaming has spoilt me somewhat. The Scythe Kama Bay performed admirably, and gave a good account of itself as part of a 2.1 stereo system.
Once again during the television testing through my Compro T300 card the Scythe Kama Bay Amp performed solidly, and certainly made a nice change from the AV stereo speakers on the 68cm television I was running it through.
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