Amplifiers

Burson Audio Soloist Class A Headphone Amplifier

August 18, 2014
Burson Audio Soloist Class A Headphone Amplifier

Henry Wilkenson has posted a review of the Burson Audio Soloist Class A headphone amplifier ($995) at Audiophilia. His conclusions: Is the Soloist the very last word in extension or transparency? Well, no. If that is very high on your sonic checklist, be prepared to spend many times the price of the Burson Soloist...
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Krell Duo 300 iBias Power Amplifier

August 15, 2014
Krell Duo 300 iBias Power Amplifier

Ken Kessler has posted a review of the Krell Duo 300 iBias power amplifier (£9995) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “If I seem to lack a little enthusiasm, it is only because the Last Krell product I reviewed blew me away: the astonishing S550i integrated, which I’ll buy just to drive...
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Rogue Audio M-180 Monoblock Amplifier

August 14, 2014
Rogue Audio M-180 Monoblock Amplifier

Gary L. Beard has posted a review of the Rogue Audio M-180 monoblock amplifiers ($/pair) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Are these the best amps in the world? Perhaps not. No doubt others will find them to be bettered in some way, but at what $$$… cost to the buyer? For me I have...
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NAD D7050 Networked Integrated Amplifier

August 14, 2014
NAD D7050 Networked Integrated Amplifier

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the NAD D7050 networked integrated amplifier (£799) at The Ear. His conclusions: “If you look at the competition for this unit you can’t avoid the Apple-esque Sonos range, it put networked audio on the map and remains king of the hill as far as the wider world...
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Melody Valve MN845 Monoblock Power Amplifier

August 13, 2014
Melody Valve MN845 Monoblock Power Amplifier

Ray Seda has posted a review of the Melody Valve MN845 monoblock power amplifiers ($13,995/pair) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “At this point, to say that I am not only impressed but a bit astonished as to how enamored I am of the Melody MN845s is overstating the obvious. Experiencing these wonderful amplifiers has made...
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Sony UDA-1 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

August 13, 2014
Sony UDA-1 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Micahel Lavorgna has posted a review of the Sony UDA-1 integrated amplifier-DAC ($799) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “The little Sony UDA-1 is a music maker of smile-inducing proportions. If you’re a Mac user and can live with using Sony’s app for playing back DSD files, as well as its relatively low output power, you...
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Audio Research VSi75 Integrated Amplifier

August 12, 2014
Audio Research VSi75 Integrated Amplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Audio Research VSi75 integrated amplifier (£7498) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “It’s 2014; we should be able to take preamp, power supply, power amp, and all the trimmings, put it all in one box and get a performance at least as good as what we previously had...
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Schiit Lyr2 and Vahalla2 Headphone Amplifiers and BiFrost Uber DAC

August 11, 2014
Schiit Lyr2 and Vahalla2 Headphone Amplifiers and BiFrost Uber DAC

Dave Sieslove has posted reviews of the Schiit Lyr2 ($449) and Valhalla2 ($349) headphone amplifiers and BiFrost Uber DAC ($519) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “All three Schiit products are stellar accomplishments that should please even the fussiest headphone audio enthusiast. They are all stay at home models, of course, unless you really want...
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Resonessence Labs Herus Headphone Amplifier-DAC

August 10, 2014
Resonessence Labs Herus Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Tim Smith has posted a review of the Resonessence Labs Herus headphone amplifier-DAC ($350) at Wall of Sound. His conclusions: “How much did I like the Herus? I cannot imagine listening on the go or at my desk without it. I bought the review sample.” You can read the full review here.
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Woo Audio WA6 SE Headphone Amplifier

August 10, 2014
Woo Audio WA6 SE Headphone Amplifier

Tim Smith has posted a review of the Woo Audio WA6 SE headphone amplifier ($1190) at Wall of Sound. His conclusions: “The Woo does it all: it plays complex, driving music with ease. It captures the tone of Jordi Savall’s viola da gamba better than any loudspeaker amplifier I know except my Line Magnetic...
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iFi Micro iDSD Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

August 10, 2014
iFi Micro iDSD Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Chris Martens has posted his initial impressions of the iFi Micro iDSD portable headphone amplifier-DAC ($499) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “When you get right down to it, one of the reasons people either choose to buy (or not buy) iFi products involves the firm’s ‘house sound’, which is quite natural-sounding with generous helpings of...
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AURALiC MERAK Monoblock Power Amplifiers

August 9, 2014
AURALiC MERAK Monoblock Power Amplifiers

Chris Martens has posted a review of the AURALiC MERAK monoblock power amplifiers ($4998/pair) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “In summary, I think the MERAKs represent something of a price/performance breakthrough for those of us who seek top-tier (or at least upper tier) performance, but are not made of cubic money. I say this not...
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Naim Supernait 2 Integrated Amplifier

August 9, 2014
Naim Supernait 2 Integrated Amplifier

Tim Smith has posted a review of the Naim Supernait 2 integrated amplifier ($550) at Wall of Sound. His conclusions: “First, you are getting 80 crisp and clean watts with ample current and drive. You are getting world-class pace, rhythm and timing. You are getting an ultra-quiet world-class preamp. And a world-class headphone amp....
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Thrax Maximus DAC, Dionysos Preamplifier, and Spartacus Power Amplifiers

August 8, 2014
Thrax Maximus DAC, Dionysos Preamplifier, and Spartacus Power Amplifiers

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Thrax Maximus DAC (€15,000), Dionysos preamplifier (€25,000), and Spartacus power amplifiers (€36,000) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “It is a system that offers a very versatile sound, particularly suiting small ensembles and good recordings that will come out very natural. Albums with poorer production are fun,...
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Hegel H80 Integrated Amplifier

August 6, 2014
Hegel H80 Integrated Amplifier

Kirk Midtskog has posted a review of the Hegel H80 integrated amplifier ($2000) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “The H80 represents much of what is right in the high-end-audio scene. Those who are (sometimes justifiably) frustrated with escalating prices, take heart; the Hegel H80 answers the call for high-performing audio kit at a...
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Devialet 120 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

August 6, 2014
Devialet 120 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Devialet 120 integrated amplifier-DAC ($6495) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “Here’s what John Atkinson said in his review of the original Devialet D-Premier, “Devialet’s D-Premier amplifier is the most extraordinary product I have reviewed for Stereophile.” That’s an extraordinary quote! The Devialet 120 appears to have inherited...
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Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier

August 6, 2014
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier

Andrew Everard has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier ($1199) at Words and Music. His conclusions: “The combination is both intriguing and very seductive: yes, using the HA-1 does change the sound of the PM-1s, adding those undertones of warmth and richness to complement the speed, detail and airiness of the...
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Bryston B135 SST2 Integrated Amplifier, BDP-2 Digital Player, and BDA-2 DAC

August 5, 2014
Bryston B135 SST2 Integrated Amplifier, BDP-2 Digital Player, and BDA-2 DAC

Rich LaFaver has posted a review of the Bryston B135 SST2 integrated amplifier ($4695), BDP-2 digital player ($2995), BDA-2 DAC ($2395), and BHA-1 headphone amplifier ($1395) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Bryston BHA-2 Headphone AmplifierAs a suite of electronic components the Bryston system is rivaled by few (I don’t think there are many...
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Devialet 120 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

August 4, 2014
Devialet 120 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Jeff Fritz has posted a review of the Devialet 120 integrated amplifier-DAC ($6495) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “This article will upset audiophiles who won’t want to believe that something as inexpensive as the Devialet 120 can be this good. I’m kind of upset myself — I didn’t want to believe it. I’ve had...
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Simaudio Moon Neo 340i Integrated Amplifier-DAC

August 3, 2014
Simaudio Moon Neo 340i Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Erich Wetzel has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon Neo 340i integrated amplifier-DAC ($4600) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “Simaudio’s Moon Neo 340i is an excellent example of just how good today’s integrated amp-DACs can be. It’s attractive, well built, easy to use, very easy to listen to for extended periods of time,...
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