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    • https://stlouis.craigslist.org/ele/d/vintage-altec-stereo/6235598465.html   No affiliation.
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    • That's a good question for sure.  I have the pro amps, and have heard many people's consumer versions that are designed for quiet use etc.   I did a bit of research before moving forward.  The INUKE amps are usually used in HT for subs, but many people and lots of DJ types use them for their main speakers. The issue with the INUKE amps is you can't use them at 2 or 4ohms and get flat response from 20 to 20khz.  The roll off in the high end.   The 8 ohm output though is flat past 20khz, and digs plenty low as we know from using them with subs.  So that was the one concern I had that I was able to address after reading enough and finding some bench tests people did at 8 Ohms.  Distortion was excellent also and under 0.1% range up through most of its output.   The INUKE has DSP, which could be accomodated with a consumer amp with a miniDSP, if desired.  The consumer amps have dead quiet fans, and that is a very nice feature.    What happens when you add an external amp? In my opinion, if you listen at medium high volume or higher, you will notice a dramatic difference in the "attack" of sounds i.e. instruments, sound effects and explosions.  I believe I can hear better separation of instruments and sounds.  The difference is definitely big enough that it is instantly noticeable.  That is just my experience.  I could easily see many people adding external amps and noticing no difference...it would depend really upon how loud you listen and what content.  It is important enough imo that it warrants serious consideration.  I don't think there's any real reason to get an INUKE for this and would steer towards consumer.   In my particular case, I built MBMs to sit on the floor by the mains to achieve flatter response in the mid-bass, and to integrate with the mains requires DSP delays...so it was either this setup, or consumer with a miniDSP.  I could switch and may some day, but see no reason to now.  
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