I've only been able to find a single review mentioning the Lindemann 855 dual mono amplifier in Hi-Fi & Records 01/2008, Does anyone have any experience with this amp they can share?
I have used this amp for 9 months. In a few words: Great, also compared with other high end amplifiers. No solid state sound, neutral, open and dead quiet. Great build quality as well, can drive any loudspeaker.
Thanks very much for the input - very much appreciated. Did you also consider the slightly lower powered Lindemann 852 and what preamp do you use?
No, the 855 was the only alternative for me. I used it with the Lindemann 832 preamp with very good results. The LIndemann are really high class products and their CD/ SACD players are of the same high quality.
I use a 850/820S combination, and I can only confirm what Jep is writing. Open en neutral, with no sound of their own.
Very realistic and musical in combination with my Living Voice loudspeakers. Even my dog sometimes thinks that their is someone behind the speaker hiding and singing. I don't use a preamp, since the 820S comes with a good preamp included.
If you need a preamp, the best amp I heard from Lindemann is the 882 integrated.
Hello nasvictor, you are saying that the best amp that you have heard from Lindemann is the 882 integrated. Is it in your opinion better than their power-/pre-amp combo?
I use the 855 with 830 preamp. Sound is surprisingly open and transparent. Highs are especially enticing. Lows can be stronger although it is good enough for jazz / chamber music (you may want a higher current like Bryston for AV performance though).
Good luck with the search.
I thank the previous posters for their insights. I replaced a Krell KCT and FPB-700cx with a Lindemann 830S preamp and 855 amp driving Raidho Ayra C3.0 speakers a Cary 306 CD/SACD player as the digital front end. The addition of the Lindemann amps produced a significantly higher level of presence, inner detail, dynamic range, and articulation. I was particularly surprised the low end had more authority with the Lindemann 855 than the FPB-700cx! Great gear - I can certainly understand why you guys like it so much.
To answer ulfdantes question, yes I think the 882 is the best amp that Lindemann is currently making. I bought both the 820S and the 850 in 2007. I still have high respect for the 820S. My current rule is that if a component is 15% better ( in terms of sound and waf ) then I consider upgrading. So far I'm still very happy with the 820S. The best audio component I have ever bought. Still as of today, no (sa)cd player sounds better, to my rules.
The 850 however is different. At the time I bought it, it sounded good but not great. However, the looks were the same as the 820S, you can drive both with one remote, so I settled for them. I replaced it 1,5 years ago, with a 300B tube amplifier, which better suits my demands (more air, better seperation of instruments, more transparancy). I listened to the 855 but it wasn't 15% better, the New Audio Frontiers 300B Integrated Supreme Special Edition was, so I switched
The 882 however is a different beast. There is 5 years of new thinking and innovation between this one and the 850, and it's definetly a big step forward. It is in essence a preamp and poweramp in a cabinet. It sounds more open has better dyamics. I tend to think that the push-pull output stage is responsible for this, but I'm not sure. My personal reference in the integrated amplifier world is the Accuphase E-560, which sounds beautifull. The 882 is at the same level.
But as always, you need to listen if these amps will suit you. The 850/855 can be bought for reasonable prices on the second hand market
Thank´s a for your answer. I hope the Lindemann 882 will be a nice match for my Eben X3 speakers.
You may want to take a look at http://www.dagogo.com/View-Article.asp?hArticle=420
Hi, thank´s for that link. It was really interesting. Just wish he would have written moore.