I was the very lucky member who won Mike's S.C.H.A. in the recent competition and Mike suggested I post my impressions. I listen to a very varied selection of music but my favourites are electronic ( the usual suspects – Kraftwek, Yello, J.M.J. Etc.) plus I'm a bit of a sucker for close-miked vocals like Mark Lanagan, Tom McRae, Feist etc. First thing I noticed was the BASS! Loads of it it, really powerful but tuneful as well, I mentioned to Mike I could hear both the start and finish of even really low notes rather than everything turning into a rumbling one-note mess. Through this amp the bass not only has great extension, but real speed and dexterity, an addictive mixture! The Mids and Highs are equally good. I can hear a lot more 'air' and 'space' around a vocalists performance than I was used to. One slight downside of the increased transparency and clarity is that I can clearly make out 'tape-hiss' from tracks I didn't know had any. Still its just telling me whats in the recording, it's not the amp's fault. On the up-side though, there is a particular track of David Sylvian's from his “Secrets of the Beehive” that I find astonishing through the S.C.H.A., you can actually “hear” him shaking the acoustic guitar backwards and forwards towards the mike after plucking a string!! I am still “rediscovering “ my music collection through the S.C.H.A. - so Thanks Mike, you're a Genius
At the moment I'm using it with a pair of 595's, but i've booked some time next month so I can set up a three-waydemo between my 595's, a pair of 600's and a pair of 650's. I know i'll hear a different presentation thru' the 600's & 650's, but unless either one of them is considerably better quality-wise, i'll keep my 595's. After reading lots of the other members' posts, I get the feeling that the 600 and 650's have got better S.Q., but I'll keep my mind and my ears open and not let any pushy salesman influence me.