Amplifiers

Pathos Acoustics Converto Headphone Amplifier-DAC

October 30, 2014
Pathos Acoustics Converto Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Pathos Acoustics Converto headphone amplifier-DAC ($) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “I found that the Converto was very easy to listen to over longer sessions and enjoyed its relaxed and inviting sound. For those looking for a PCM-only DAC and headphone amp that can handle up to...
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McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier

October 28, 2014
McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier

Bailey S. Barnard has posted a review of the McIntosh MHA100 headphone amplifier ($4500) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “I can’t stress enough how wonderful the headphone section is—but at $4,500, the MHA100 isn’t for everybody. Those who take the plunge will have a component that they can base a reasonably sized system around. Unless...
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Balanced Audio Technology VK-3000SE Integrated Amplifier

October 28, 2014
Balanced Audio Technology VK-3000SE Integrated Amplifier

Rob Johnson has posted a review of the Balanced Audio Technology VK-3000SE integrated amplifier ($7995) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “High-performance integrated amps continue to be popular for the audio and music lover who wants world-class performance without buying a rack full of components. The VK-3000SE is an excellent choice, should that be your cup...
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Cavalli Audio Liquid Lightning MK II Headphone Amplifier

October 27, 2014
Cavalli Audio Liquid Lightning MK II Headphone Amplifier

Peter Pialis has posted a review of the Cavalli Audio Liquid Lightning MK II headphone amplifier ($4250) at Headphone Guru. His conclusions: “There are other commercial electro-static amplifiers out there like the HeadAmp Blue Hawaii Special Edition and Eddie Current Electra. But they are all vacuum tube based products and I’ve been living the...
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AURALiC VEGA DSD DAC and TAURUS Mk. II Balanced Headphone Amplifier

October 27, 2014
AURALiC VEGA DSD DAC and TAURUS Mk. II Balanced Headphone Amplifier

David W. Robinson has posted a review of the AURALiC VEGA DSD DAC ($3499) and TAURUS Mk. II Balanced headphone amplifier ($1699) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “AURALiC has certainly distinguished itself by entering these markets with products that shine with beauty, build quality, and the excellence of their sound. I have spent a...
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VTL Siegfried Reference Series II Monoblock Power Amplifier

October 27, 2014
VTL Siegfried Reference Series II Monoblock Power Amplifier

Jacob Heilbrunn has posted a review of the VTL Siegfried Reference Series II Monoblock power amplifiers ($65,000/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “In sum, VTL has produced an amplifier that comes about as close to doing it all as anything on the market. Its performance, particularly on large-scale works, is magnificently engrossing. When...
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Pass Labs XA30.8 Class A Power Amplifier

October 26, 2014
Pass Labs XA30.8 Class A Power Amplifier

Srajan Ebean has posted a review of the Pass Labs XA30.8 30wpc class A power amplifier () at 6moons. His conclusions: “Despite its 30-watt paper power rating—and unlike the FirstWatt F5 and F6 which nearly match that figure—the Pass Labs XA30.8 really is a bona fide muscle amp. It books the requisite hardware and...
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Viva Audio Egoista Headphone Amplifier

October 26, 2014
Viva Audio Egoista Headphone Amplifier

Panagiotis Karavitis has posted a review of the Viva Audio Egoista headphone amplifier ($10,000) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “The unfortunate fact that many of us cannot afford it does not make the Egoista anything less than a bargain. The joy provided by the yellow beast can be matched by very few classic two-channel...
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Woo Audio WA6 Headphone Amplifier

October 25, 2014
Woo Audio WA6 Headphone Amplifier

Mark Fleishmann has posted a review of the Woo Audio WA6 headphone amplifier ($699) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “Woo Audio’s WA6 headphone amp is powerful medicine. Its sweet, euphonic sound gets the most out of headphones that have an emphatic treble, though it also gets along with headphones that have an uncompromising,...
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Marantz PM5005 Integrated Amplifier and CD5005 CD Player

October 25, 2014
Marantz PM5005 Integrated Amplifier and CD5005 CD Player

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Marantz PM5005 integrated amplifier ($499) and CD5005 CD player ($399) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “The PM5005 and CD5005 are a perfect pair. Both are extremely well made, attractive, feature packed, and amazing bargains. The PM5005 brings to the table far more than $500 worth...
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Acurus Aries Integrated Amplifier

October 25, 2014
Acurus Aries Integrated Amplifier

Foo Marn Hing has posted a review of the Acurus Aries integrated amplifier ($2799) at audiofi.net. His conclusions: “At its reasonable price for its power output, I can highly recommend the Acurus Aries integrated amplifier to anyone building a moderately priced system and looking to high-definition as a sound signature of choice. This is...
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Peachtree Audio Nova 125SE Integrated Amplifier

October 24, 2014
Peachtree Audio Nova 125SE Integrated Amplifier

Roy Harris has posted a review of the Peachtree Audio Nova 125SE integrated amplifier ($1499) at Audiophilia. His conclusions: “When I decided to review the Nova 125SE, upon the advice of a fellow reviewer, who was familiar with the model 125, I had trepidations that I might achieve transparency, along with a “hot” treble....
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Emotiva XPA-1 Gen 2 Monoblock Power Amplifier

October 21, 2014
Emotiva XPA-1 Gen 2 Monoblock Power Amplifier

Chris Heinonen has posted a review of the Emotiva XPA-1 Gen 2 monoblock power amplifiers ($2198/pair) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity Review. His conclusions: “Emotiva made their name with big, beefy amps, and the XPA-1 Gen 2 continues that tradition. Building upon the original with a Class A mode, it has...
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Auralic Gemini 2000 Headphone Dock

October 19, 2014
Auralic Gemini 2000 Headphone Dock

John Grandberg has posted a review of the AURALiC Gemini 2000 headphone dock ($1999) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “It’s possible to get slightly better overall sound (not to mention more inputs and outputs) from a more traditional device such as the BMC PureDAC. But it says a lot about the Gemini 2000 that...
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BorderPatrol P20 EXD EXS Stereo Amplifier

October 19, 2014
BorderPatrol P20 EXD EXS Stereo Amplifier

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the BorderPatrol P20 EXD EXS stereo amplifier ($) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “Make no mistake, the P20 EXD EXS is a demanding, attention-grabbing, domineering presence in your system, but that’s ultimately what makes it so communicative and satisfying. Listen to a BorderPatrol amp and that...
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Accustic Arts Mono II Monoblock Amplifiers

October 19, 2014
Accustic Arts Mono II Monoblock Amplifiers

Frank Hakopians has posted a review of the Accustic Arts Mono II monoblock amplifiers (€12,500/pair) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Stable into 2 ohms with sufficient reserves to set fire under the arses of sensitivity midgets, the Accustic Arts Mono II are archetypal classic muscle amps – but thankfully without the often attendant physical excess....
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Hegel H80 Integrated Amplifier and DAC

October 18, 2014
Hegel H80 Integrated Amplifier and DAC

Rene van Es has posted a review of the Hegel H80 integrated amplifier and DAC (£1300) at The Ear. His conclusions: “It must be clear to you that I really like the Hegel H80 in my smaller system. It distinguishes itself in its price range because of sound quality that reminds me of a...
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Abyssound ASP-1000 Preamplifier and ASX-2000 Power Amplifier

October 16, 2014
Abyssound ASP-1000 Preamplifier and ASX-2000 Power Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Abyssound ASP-1000 preamplifier (~€4500) and ASX-2000 power amplifier (~€9250) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The amplifier will simply point it out and emphasize. If anything, it is better to combine it with something warmer and calmer. The Abyssound will handle it just perfectly. All in all,...
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G•LAB Design Fidelity BLOCK Integrated Amplifier

October 16, 2014
G•LAB Design Fidelity BLOCK Integrated Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the G•LAB Design Fidelity BLOCK integrated amplifier (€4100) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The sound is deep and full with excellent resolution, but the ability to present edges and different planes, and to separate the instruments is not so good. The amplifier shows large planes rather than...
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Coincident Technology Turbo 845 SE Integrated Amplifier

October 15, 2014
Coincident Technology Turbo 845 SE Integrated Amplifier

Joey Weiss has posted a review of the Coincident Technology Turbo 845 SE integrated amplifier ($5999) at The High Fidelity Report. His conclusions: “To date, this is the finest integrated amplifier I have experienced. Providing such impressive sound at this price is a real accomplishment. You would be hard pressed to find a better...
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