"Few things can set hi-fi enthusiasts squabbling faster than a discussion of amplifier sound." So starts the famous, (or infamous, perhaps) David L. Clark and Ian G. Masters article in the January 1987 issue of Stereo Review entitled: "Do All Amplifiers Sound the Same?" The conclusion seems clear- they pretty much do if you can't see which one you're listening to. I just got a hold of a worn copy of this issue, and I have yet to read it again in detail. The amps compared are a $12,000 pair of Julius Futterman mono tube amps (the name alone is worth the money I suppose), a $2,000 Mark Levinson ML-11, a Hafler DH-120 at $320, a $548 NAD 2200 and a lowly Pioneer SX-1500 receiver- $219.95. Keep in mind that same Pioneer would cost you $436.97 in today's dollars, so those Futtermans ain't cheap. I fall into the category of believing that I have heard differences between amplifiers, so I can't wait to read the article and through the whole issue- there's also a great picture of a Linn Axis turntable on the cover. I intend to keep an open mind.