Amplifiers

Gato Audio CDD-1 CD Player and AMP-150 Integrated Amplifier

November 27, 2014
Gato Audio CDD-1 CD Player and AMP-150 Integrated Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Gato Audio CDD-1 CD player (£5290) and AMP-150 power amplifier (£5290). Their conclusions: “Although the attention-grabbing design is a big part of the Gato package, these luxurious products do offer a harmonious listening experience too, especially when used together. The user interface may...
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Oppo HA-1 Desktop Headphone Amplifier-DAC

November 25, 2014
Oppo HA-1 Desktop Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 desktop headphone amplifier-DAC ($1199) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “he HA-1 offers a richly revealing, intensely multi-layered sonic presentation coupled with more than enough power to make Oppo’s PM-1 planar magnetic headphones sing.” You can read the full review here. You can find kinks to...
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Pass Labs XS-150 Monoblock Power Amplifiers

November 25, 2014
Pass Labs XS-150 Monoblock Power Amplifiers

John Gatski has posted a review of the Pass Labs XS-150 monoblock power amplifiers ($65,000/pair) at Eyerything Audio Network. His conclusions: “In my opinion, the Xs series and other ultra priced audiophile products are purchased for the same reason. It was designed to give well-to-do Pass customers the finest Class A amp Pass has...
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Pass Labs XA60.8 Monoblock Amplifiers

November 24, 2014
Pass Labs XA60.8 Monoblock Amplifiers

Terry London has posted a review of the Pass Labs XA60.8 monoblock amplifiers ($12,800/pair) at Home THeater Review. His conclusions: “In all the important sonic categories — such as reduction of the noise floor, greater transparency, rich and gorgeous color/timbres, overall liquidity, size and accuracy of the soundstage, image density, macro-dynamics, and bass extension...
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Roksan Oxygene CD Player and Amplifier

November 23, 2014
Roksan Oxygene CD Player and Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Roksan Oxygene CD player (£2500) and amplifier (£2800). Their conclusions: “These are components that make an instant visual impact, but on acquaintance the Oxygene amplifier proved sonically impressive too. It has a clean, neutral, detailed and yet unforced sound, essentially vice-free. The CD...
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Kronzilla SXI Integrated Amplifier

November 23, 2014
Kronzilla SXI Integrated Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Kronzilla SXI integrated amplifier (£16,190). Their conclusions: “If you don’t mind the cost of running a Class A SET amplifier and the heat it generates, you’re bound to be enthralled by the Kronzilla SXI’s fabulous high-end music-making ability.” You can read the full...
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Simaudio Moon 380D Preamplifier-DAC and 330A Power Amplifier

November 23, 2014
Simaudio Moon 380D Preamplifier-DAC and 330A Power Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon 380D preamplifier-DAC (£4600) and 330A power amplifier (£2800). Their conclusions: “Such is this combo’s even-handed nature when reproducing any type of music it’s difficult to criticise it – unless, that is, you crave romantic euphony and/or specifically need a more powerful...
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Siltech SAGA Amplification System

November 23, 2014
Siltech SAGA Amplification System

Hi-Fi News and Record review has posted a review of the Siltech SAGA amplification system Siltech SAGA (£85,000). Their conclusions: “Intriguing and unique in its design concept, this is the sort of product that makes audio such an utterly fascinating hobby, proving there’s so much more to be discovered. The SAGA’s calm, unfussy sound...
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Krell S-550i Integrated Amplifier

November 22, 2014
Krell S-550i Integrated Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Krell S-550i integrated amplifier (£4998). Their conclusions: “There have been massive integrated amplifiers in the past but without hesitation we nominate the S-550i as a perfect choice for those who want unbridled power yet will not (or cannot) house two components. It is...
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Musical Fidelity M8PRE Preamplifier and M8700m Monoblock Amplifiers

November 22, 2014
Musical Fidelity M8PRE Preamplifier and M8700m Monoblock Amplifiers

Hi-Fi news and Record Review has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity M8PRE preamplifier (£3500) and M8700m monoblock amplifiers(£8000/pair). Their conclusions: “This powerful and refined pre/power combo tracks dynamic swings in recordings with consummate ease. And given the eye-watering cost of today’s ultra-high-end amplifiers these M8 components can be counted a relative ‘bargain’.”...
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McIntosh MC275 MkVI Power Amplifier

November 22, 2014
McIntosh MC275 MkVI Power Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the McIntosh MC275 MkVI power amplifier (£5500). Their conclusions: “It does seem that the MkVI, steel or gold, is more refined and less ‘tubey’ than earlier iterations. Its stress-free presentation, liquid purity in the mid and intricate, believable stereo imaging make for absorbing listening....
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SOtM sHP-100 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

November 21, 2014
SOtM sHP-100 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Andre Marc has posted a review of the SOtM sHP-100 headphone amplifier-DAC ($700) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “The SOtM sHP-100 DSD DAC headphone amp and, let’s add, preamplifier is a smartly designed, complete package. It is versatile and sonically accomplished enough to sit nicely in for a far more expensive reference, or...
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Merrill Audio THOR Monoblock Amplifiers

November 21, 2014
Merrill Audio THOR Monoblock Amplifiers

Martin Apel has posted a review of the Merrill Audio THOR monoblock amplifiers ($4800/pair) at Audiopilia. His conclusions: “It seems that all the amplifier companies I’ve been enjoying use mythological Gods for the names of their products. I feel like I’m involved in a ‘Super Heroes’ adventure, waging a titanic battle for supremacy of...
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Auris Audio Adagio 300B Integrated Amplifier

November 20, 2014
Auris Audio Adagio 300B Integrated Amplifier

Tomasz Karasinski has posted a review of the Auris Audio Adagio 300B integrated amplifier (€4590) at StereoLife. His conclusions: “At the beginning of this test I already felt that the Adagio 300B can be quite a nice amplifier. What I didn’t expect was that it would turn out to be such a refined and...
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FiiO E12a Mont Blanc Edition Headphone Amplifier

November 19, 2014
FiiO E12a Mont Blanc Edition Headphone Amplifier

Marcusd has posted a review of the FiiO E12a headphone amplifier ($159) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “The E12a also has a slightly more forward treble range over the stock E12 with a bit more extension and articulation without ever being peaky or bright. It not overly colored or rolled off but it’s still not...
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AURALiC GEMINI 2000 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

November 18, 2014
AURALiC GEMINI 2000 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Chris Martens has posted a review of the AURALiC GEMINI 2000 headphone amplifier-DAC ($1999) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “I believe the GEMINI will be all the headphone amp/DAC that many listeners—even very critical listeners—will ever need or want. The neat part is that, unlike many traditional audio components, the GEMINI exudes an elegant and...
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Unison Research Sinfonia Integrated Tube Amplifier

November 18, 2014
Unison Research Sinfonia Integrated Tube Amplifier

Canada Hi-Fi has posted a review of the Unison Research Sinfonia integrated tube amplifier ($6200). Their conclusions: “The Unison Research Sinfonia is an integrated amplifier that provided me with my hours of listening pleasure, I could easily see myself living with it for a long time. Its seductive midrange and overall musicality makes it...
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Aaron No. 22 Cineast Preamplifier and No. 3 Millennium Power Amplifier

November 18, 2014
Aaron No. 22 Cineast Preamplifier and No. 3 Millennium Power Amplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Aaron No. 22 Cineast preamplifier (€2590) and No. 3 Millennium power amplifier (€2590) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “My concern here is people will miss out. Audiophiles will see the word ‘Cineast’, see those six channel inputs and outputs and jump to the wrong conclusion. Like the...
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Cambridge DacMagic XS Headphone Amplifier-DAC and Focal Spirit Classic Headphones

November 17, 2014
Cambridge DacMagic XS Headphone Amplifier-DAC and Focal Spirit Classic Headphones

Bowei Zhao has posted a review of the Cambridge DacMagic XS headphone amplifier-DAC ($189) and Focal Spirit Classic headphones ($399) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “The Classics/XS happen to excel with music that high-end headphones seem to forget: The fun and mainstream sound. This puts the Spirit Classics and DacMagic XS in a great position...
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Bryston B135 SST2 Integrated Amplifier

November 16, 2014
Bryston B135 SST2 Integrated Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Bryston B1335 SST2 integrated amplifier (£4900). Their conclusions: “Every high-end maker offers a circa-£5k integrated. But the B135 has sonic finesse, clever ergonomics and a form that lets you buy only what you need. That may be enough to simplify your choice.” You...
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