606 and 707 are monsters!
The current dumping 405 was never meant to be great, when you look at how the output stage is configured, tis odd and inherently low current design.
Actually the 303 is odd too, but is pretty good.
However, compared to the Meridian 101 and 103Ds I have, they just don't
I quite like the Tag gear I have, but only really got it as ended up being way cheaper than the Meridian I was looking at too. Started off with an AV30, which was shocking! Had to take it back.
What did you do there LGF? Quad also?
I was the 'TAG McLaren Audio Technical Heldesk Adviser' for 4 and a bit years. At Quad, I was an 'acoustic technician' for about a year.
The AV30 was terrible, cant remember the exact problem but multichannel hiss was one of them despite the stereo performance being identical to the AV32R in stereo mode (same chipset). The AV30 reappeared as the Audiolab 8000AV along with the truly brilliant and over looked 700x7.
Meridian were sad to see TMA go as
''... they were our biggest rivals...''
. TMA did what it set out to achieve though, shook up the industry a bit and pissed on a few picnics. Arcam never knew what hit them. Their products and Cyrus AV products were just awful in comparison (it was a well known joke that Cyrus didnt implement bass management!) . Naim's AV offering was just awful.
TMA ruled the roost and took on the Americans for a while too although much of the processing gear was teamed up with Bryston amplification.
The speakers were something else when given enough current but many brands were used. I had the AV192R, 100x5R and two
DVD32R, one being a prototype.
*Edit: if memory serves, my AV32R prototype has Burr-Brown DACs as opposed to whateveritwas in the production version (I forget)