Amplifiers

Schiit Audio Yggdrasil DAC and Ragnarok Headphone Amplifier

May 24, 2016
Schiit Audio Yggdrasil DAC and Ragnarok Headphone Amplifier

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Schiit Audio Yggdrasil DAC (£1980) and Ragnarok headphone amplifier (£1580) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Rarely have I been as favourably impressed by a DAC and headphone amplifier as I have been by the Yggdrasil and Ragnarok. Though neither component comes anywhere near being the most expensive...
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Meridian Explorer2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

May 22, 2016
Meridian Explorer2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Jim Austin has posted a review of the Meridian Explorer2 headphone amplifier-DAC ($299) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Leave MQA out of the mix, and the Meridian Explorer2 is a fun, capable audio device at a cost that audiophiles—and anyone else who’s accustomed to audiophile prices—will likely find more than fair … But when you...
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PS Audio BHK Signature 250 Power Amplifier

May 17, 2016
PS Audio BHK Signature 250 Power Amplifier

Dave Clark has posted a review of the PS Audio BHK Signature 250 power amplifier ($) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The Vandersteen Quattro Carbon Wood loudspeakers with the PS Audio BHK 250 seeing the PS Audio DirectStream DAC as my digital feed, with either the Aurender N100H or the Aries from Auralic (HERE),...
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darTZeel CTH-8550 Integrated Amplifier

May 14, 2016
darTZeel CTH-8550 Integrated Amplifier

Rafe Arnott has posted a review of the darTZeel CTH-8550 integrated amplifier (~$25,000) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “hile it didn’t necessarily present the deep, blossoming bass that I typically gravitate towards (as from EL84, 300B in particular, and some 6L6 tube-based amplifiers), this racy-red Swiss powerhouse sounded far closer to the type of...
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Benchmark AHB2 Amplifier

May 13, 2016
Benchmark AHB2 Amplifier

Paul Seydor has posted a review of the Benchmark AHB2 amplifier ($2995) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Because accuracy allied to absolutely reliable performance is the goal of all the Benchmarks, they are not products that tend to attract cults or other sorts of starry-eyed enthusiasts, wholly lacking any of the quirks, foibles,...
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Bryston 4B SST3 Power Amplifier

May 13, 2016
Bryston 4B SST3 Power Amplifier

Venoth Nair has posted a review of the Bryston 4B SST3 at av2day.com. His conclusions: “Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the Bryston 4B Cubed in its own right and when paired with its own family members it absolutely shines. Its ravenous power, expert control and amazing delivery makes this an amplifier which is far more...
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Dynaco ST-1 Preamplifier and ST-70 Power Amplifier

May 10, 2016
Dynaco ST-1 Preamplifier and ST-70 Power Amplifier

Steven R. Rochlin has posted a review of the Dynaco ST-1 preamplifier ($1500) and ST-70 power amplifier ($2500) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Upon seeing the new ST-70 i was in awe of the very solid build quality. Much care has been taken to provide a long and trouble-free life. Sure we could...
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Spread Spectrum Technologies Son of Ampzilla II Power Amplifier

May 10, 2016
Spread Spectrum Technologies Son of Ampzilla II Power Amplifier

Eric Neff has posted a review of the Spread Spectrum Technologies Son of Ampzilla II power amplifier ($3500) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “To sum up, my time with the Son of Ampzilla II has been both a revelation and a privilege. I have never found such a high performing solid-state amplifier at this price...
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VTL S-400 Series II Reference Stereo Amplifier

May 8, 2016
VTL S-400 Series II Reference Stereo Amplifier

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the VTL S-400 Series II Reference stereo amplifier ($33,500) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “Ultimately, all choices when it comes to audio equipment are personal, and part of the reason the S-400 II has left such a deep impression on me is that it dovetails so...
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Naim Nait Integrated Amplifier Upgrade

May 6, 2016
Naim Nait Integrated Amplifier Upgrade

Art Dudley has posted a review of the upgrade to the Naim Nait integrated amplifier ($1195) in his Listening column at Stereophile. His conclusions: “With reservations, I would tend to put the vintage-Naim movement in the last category, with perhaps a smidge of the first category mixed in—my reservations pertaining to the notion that...
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Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

May 3, 2016
Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Mark Fleischmann has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD headphone amplifier-DAC ($1500) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “The Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD is a state-of-the-art headphone amplifier/DAC that has a healthy, and sometimes transformative, effect on whatever headphones you plug into it. The Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD is...
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Goldmund Telos 360 Universal Monoblock Amplifier

May 2, 2016
Goldmund Telos 360 Universal Monoblock Amplifier

Matej Isak has posted a review of the Goldmund Telos 360 universal monoblock amplifier (€36,300) at Mono and Stereo. His conclusions: “Final judgment falls into the domain of people in search of proper balance of performance, luxury and specific sonic virtues. The Goldmund Telos 360 Universal Mono Amplifiers sums up with the self contained...
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Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL 2 Headphone Amplifier

May 2, 2016
Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL 2 Headphone Amplifier

Jack Skowron has posted a review of the MicroZOTL 2 headphone amplifier ($1100) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “So, while this is certainly not an inexpensive amp, I believe it does deliver good value, being a really fine sounding headphone amp in an attractive package. T If you’re in the market for an amp in...
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Centrance DACport HD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

May 2, 2016
Centrance DACport HD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Earmass has posted a review of the Centrance DACport HD headphone amplifier-DAC ($199. His conclusions: “HD has actually outperformed my expectation and I am satisfied with the audio performance throughout the review period and I actually use it for few weeks long already, every session I am with the HD is session of pleasure,...
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Blue Circle Audio BC2K4sh Stereo Amplifier

May 1, 2016
Blue Circle Audio BC2K4sh Stereo Amplifier

Roger Kanno has posted a review of the Blue Circle Audio BC2K4sh stereo amplifier ($5595) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: ” In 2005, in his review of the BC2K4sh’s predecessor, the BC204, Marc Mickelson said that it had “a natural presentation that’s never harsh or merciless in the way it conveys detail.” This perfectly...
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Clones Audio 25iR Integrated Amplifier

April 30, 2016
Clones Audio 25iR Integrated Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Clones Audio 25iR integrated amplifier (HK$8,690 plus VAT) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “To be clear – I understand that such compromises are sometimes necessary and I accept them. I think that they allow listeners to enjoy music in a deeper, more refined way as compared...
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Audio Alto DMI 3H Integrated Amplifier

April 30, 2016
Audio Alto DMI 3H Integrated Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Audio Alto DMI 3H integrated amplifier (€4380 plus VAT) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Audio Alto delivers amazingly clear, pure sound which makes noticing all differences particularly easy. Spacing, especially considering the price range and solid-state design, is impressive. Just as the design itself is.” You...
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RT Audio Design Orpheus MkII Power Amplifier

April 30, 2016
RT Audio Design Orpheus MkII Power Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the RT Audio Design Orpheus MkII (~€750) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “This amplifier offers simply beautiful sound. But its bass doesn’t go very deep, is not particularly well controlled and it is rather warm. But it’s tonality, and spacing is wonderful – it creates an impression...
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FiiO A1 Portable Headphone Amplifier

April 29, 2016
FiiO A1 Portable Headphone Amplifier

Marcusd has posted a review of the FiiO A1 portable headphone amplifier ($30) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “The A1 is $30, tiny, well built and packs an ok starter amp inside that will be an upgrade on any amp inside your smartphone in terms of gain control, staging and dynamics in general. It has...
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NAIM Mu-so Qb Music System

April 29, 2016
NAIM Mu-so Qb Music System

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the NAIM Mu-so Qb music system (€900) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “It comes from the same family but its performance is difference and it is meant for a different customer group. And it makes it better, much better. Because audio involves making choices all the time,...
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Marantz HD-AMP1 Integrated Amplifier and DSD DAC

April 29, 2016
Marantz HD-AMP1 Integrated Amplifier and DSD DAC

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Marantz HD-AMP1 integrated amplifier and DSD DAC ($1099) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “The Marantz HD-AMP1 is a great addition to the Marantz line. The sonics were absolutely beyond reproach at this price point (and well beyond). The feature set is remarkable, and the built...
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Schiit Audio Ragnarok Integrated Amplifier

April 28, 2016
Schiit Audio Ragnarok Integrated Amplifier

Herb Reickert has posted a review of the Schiit Audio Ragnarok integrated amplifier ($1699) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “The Ragnarok conveyed the music with a unique and very seductive force that I had never quite experienced before, at any price. It accomplished this with every speaker model I tried, but most conspicuously with KEF’s...
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Alluxity PRE ONE Preamplifier and Power ONE Amplifier

April 28, 2016
Alluxity PRE ONE Preamplifier and Power ONE Amplifier

Matej Isak has posted a review of the Alluxity PRE ONE preamplifier (€6750) and Power ONE amplifier (€9250) at Mono and Stereo. His conclusions: “Alluxity The PRE ONE and Power ONE amplifier packs the power and control without stepping into the the reserved territory. While Alluxity The PRE ONE acts on its own as...
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Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 800 Integrated Amplifier

April 25, 2016
Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 800 Integrated Amplifier

Jimmy Hughes has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 800 integrated amplifier (£8000) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The Nu-Vista 800 offers a winning combination of speed, dynamics, bandwidth, headroom, and attack – plus brilliance and warmth. Yet such words only scratch the surface. With this amp, the total effect is greater than...
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Questyle CMA800R Headphone Amplifier

April 25, 2016
Questyle CMA800R Headphone Amplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Questyle CMA800R headphone amplifier (£1599) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: ” think the CMA800R is the headphone amp that grows with you. Good headphones require a great amplifier, and that’s where the Questyle CMA800R comes in. It’s so good, you might start to look at the matching...
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