Aye, there's the rub. If the different amps were level matched and they were not above rated output, IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?
Some say yes, others say no. That's my question.
edit: Cohesion, you seem to be saying the same thing as JohnK, correct? Within spec, amplifiers/receivers sound the same at the same volume levels?
I noticed a difference when I compared my 3808 with the A1400 in my small basement set up, the thing is that the difference is
small at most listening levels which makes it hard for me to justify spending another $1000 or more for more power to achieve audio nirvana.