Amplifiers

Goldmund HDA Headphone Amplifier-DAC

August 31, 2014
Goldmund HDA Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Goldmund HDA Headfi DAC (CHF 8600) at 6moons.com. His conclusions: “As a reviewer, excitement can come from unexpected performance at everyman prices. It can also come from exclusively positioned products that push the envelope. To this writer, the former happens more often. Cynicism, general appeal and...
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iFi Audio Micro iDSD Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

August 31, 2014
iFi Audio Micro iDSD Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Steven R. Rochlin has posted a review of the iFi Audio Micro iDSD portable headphone amplifier-DAC ($499) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The bottom line here is that it will be very hard for any such unit in the years to come to sound better while also providing so many features at this...
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Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated Amplifier

August 31, 2014
Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated Amplifier

Edgar Kramer has posted a review of the Unison Research Simply Italy integrated amplifier at AVHub. His conclusions: “Be it with its impeccable build quality, its Italian design flair, or its superb sound quality, Unison Research’s Simply Italy will not fail to impress. It delivers on its single-ended Class-A promise of accurate tonality and...
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Cavalli Liquid Lightning 2 Headphone Amplifier

August 28, 2014
Cavalli Liquid Lightning 2 Headphone Amplifier

Michael Piskor has posted a review of the Cavalli Liquid Lightning 2 headphone amplifier ($4250) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “Even though I am not fond of neutral sound signatures and very much prefer a more warm and gently colored appeal to tonality, I found Alex’s amplifier overly addictive and something I cannot dream of...
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Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum DAC-Headphone Amplifier and Voltikus Power Supply

August 28, 2014
Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum DAC-Headphone Amplifier and Voltikus Power Supply

John Iverson has posted a review of the Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum DAC-headphone amplifier ($6000) and Voltikus poswer supply. His conclusions: “In the end, Antelope Audio’s Zodiac Platinum with Voltikus power supply has a complete set of features for the modern audio system, performs flawlessly, and trades jabs with some of the best DACs...
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Digital Amplifier Company Cherry Maraschino Monoblock Amplifier

August 27, 2014
Digital Amplifier Company Cherry Maraschino Monoblock Amplifier

Andre Marc hs posted a review of the Digital Amplifier Company Cherry Maraschino monoblock amplifiers ($4000/pair) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “If your system needs a kick in the pants, the Maraschinos will deliver. They make our reference system come alive. It is like cleaning a dirty windshield to get a better view of the...
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Cyrus Audio Lyric 09 Receiver-Streamer-DAC

August 24, 2014
Cyrus Audio Lyric 09 Receiver-Streamer-DAC

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Cyrus Audio Lyric 09 receiver-streamer-DAC (£3000) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Lyric is a tour de force for Cyrus. The sound quality combined with the feature count and sheer ease of use puts it in the premier league. The amplifier is a major upgrade on virtually all...
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Apex Audio High-Fi Teton OTL Headphone Amplifier

August 23, 2014
Apex Audio High-Fi Teton OTL Headphone Amplifier

Skylab has posted a review of the Apex Audio High-Fi Teton OTL headphone amplifier ($5000) at InnerFidelity. His conclusions: “I do feel the Teton is deserving of being included in InnerFidelity’s “Wall of Fame”, with the understanding that not everyone is going to be in the market for a $5,000 headphone amp. For those...
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Burmester 101 Integrated Amplifier

August 22, 2014
Burmester 101 Integrated Amplifier

Alan Sircom has posted his first impressions of the Burmester 101 integrated amplifier (£5088) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “At first listen, the Burmester 101 really didn’t do anything but confirm suspicions about Class D. Now, after many weeks playing in a corner somewhere, it’s come out of its Class D shell and is proving...
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Conrad-Johnson MF-2550 SE Stereo Amplifier

August 22, 2014
Conrad-Johnson MF-2550 SE Stereo Amplifier

Vance Hiner has posted a review of the Conrad-Johnson MF-2550 SE stereo amplifier ($7800) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “Conrad-Johnson’s MF-2550 SE is an outstanding solid-state amplifier. The Windex-clear window it offers into each piece of music, as well as its ability to deliver lightning-quick transients, are traits that I wish the Premier...
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Sony PHA-2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

August 20, 2014
Sony PHA-2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Sony PHA-2 headphone amplifier-DAC ($595) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “For those audiophiles who strongly favor a difficult-to-drive headphone, the PHA-2 will be a better option than the headphone amplifiers built into most portable devices. Also for owners of highly sensitive, custom, in-ear monitors, who...
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VC Audio Labs MB-45 KT120 Monoblock Power Amplifier Kit

August 20, 2014
VC Audio Labs MB-45 KT120 Monoblock Power Amplifier Kit

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the VC Audio Labs MB-45 KT120 monoblock power amplifier kit ($2190/pair) at AnalogPlanet. His conclusions: “During the time I had here the Oddwatt VC-45 or the Oddblock High Output Series 1 or whatever it’s called, it performed reliably and flawlessly. It’s a remarkably quiet tube-based amplifier that...
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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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