hese Japanese SPEC engineers have certainly created a LOVELY, SMOOTH, TUBE SOUNDING, SOLID STATE INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER that is a PLEASURE to LISTEN to.

Hello Terry,
Thank you so much for the loan of your SPEC RSA-M3EX Integrated amplifier to listen and evaluate in my system over the weekend.

It just slotted into my system as though it had always been there and the remote control was such a pleasure to use. The blue light around the volume control knob was a very nice aesthetic touch.

I was most impressed with its sound especially when listening to CDs. It was warm, rich and lush yet detailed and I found it very ADDICTIVE to listen to for long hours into the night. 

I was also  delighted to find it had a Preamp-In function and I was able to enjoy records via my preamplifier/phono through it as well.

I would venture to say that it is one of the most MOST TUBE SOUNDING OF ANY SOLID STATE GEAR I have listened to in a long time, as you know listening to music though valve gear has been my choice for over 30yrs.

The sound stage did lack a bit in depth compared to my tube gear however it was very wide and I particularly enjoyed the sound of female singers with voice detail that was STUNNING AND OH SO CLEAR AND DETAILED .

The BASS weight was there in SPADES and the MID range was SUPERB.

I would have liked to hear a bit more air and treble and perhaps different interconnects or speaker cables would produce this result.

To Summerise:  

These Japanese SPEC engineers have certainly created a LOVELY, SMOOTH, TUBE SOUNDING, SOLID STATE INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER that is a PLEASURE to LISTEN to. 

It is a wonderful way to capture the music that is hidden in a CD collection and a real a REAL MUSICAL TREASURE.

……. Paul