Amplifiers

Cypher Labs’ Theorem 720 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 21, 2014
Cypher Labs’ Theorem 720 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

John Darko has posted a review of the Cypher Labs’ Theorem 720 headphone amplifier-DAC ($799) at Digital Audio Review. His conclusions: “For the vast majority of headphones, the sound quality from iPod Touch + Cypher Labs brick aces the iPod Touch: better separation, better frequency extension, less nervy/twitchy dynamics. All the audiophile-centric touchstones are...
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Conrad-Johnson MF2550 SE Power Amplifier

July 21, 2014
Conrad-Johnson MF2550 SE Power Amplifier

Rob Johnson has posted a review of the Conrad-Johnson MF2550 SE power amplifier ($7800) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “As with the Premier 350, Conrad-Johnson’s MF2550 SE’s simple, elegant, and understated design delivers breathtaking musical performance in a compact package. And, as someone who has owned quite a few CJ products over the last 35...
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Questyle CMA 800R Headphone Amplifier

July 20, 2014
Questyle CMA 800R Headphone Amplifier

Audiohead has posted a review of the Questyle CMA 800R headphone amplifier ($1500) at audiohead.com. His conclusions: “While the monoblock configuration on the Questyle CMA 800R may be a bit quirky, its singled ended output is one of the best in its price range. Dual SE ¼ headphone jacks are a nice perk to...
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Sony TA-A1ES Integrated Amplifier

July 19, 2014
Sony TA-A1ES Integrated Amplifier

Andrew Everard has posted a review of the Sony TA-A1ES amplifier ($1999), which is the companion to Sony’s new HAP-Z1ES music server, at Words and Music. His conclusions: “The TA-A1ES’s sense of grip on speakers is confidence-inspiring, and while it lacks some of the visual ‘bling’ common in some high-end amplifiers of the moment...
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Bryston 28B SST2 Monoblock Amplifiers

July 18, 2014
Bryston 28B SST2 Monoblock Amplifiers

Chris Croft has posted a review of the Bryston 28B SST2 monoblock amplifiers ($/pair) at Australian Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “If you want a really high-powered amplifier, there’s really no need to ‘compare the market’ before taking the not-inconsiderable plunge: Bryston’s 28B SST² monoblocs are the amplifiers you should buy. Simple!” You can read the...
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Boulder 865 Integrated Amplifier

July 18, 2014
Boulder 865 Integrated Amplifier

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Boulder 865 integrated amplifier ($13,500) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “The 865 took precious little time to truly warm up or burn in. Approximately 48 hours after it was first turned on, it settled into its spacious, accurate sound; probably more a result of thermal stabilization than...
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Conrad-Johnson MF2550SE Power Amplifier

July 16, 2014
Conrad-Johnson MF2550SE Power Amplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Conrad-Johnson MF2550SE power amplifier (£7450) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “There is something intrinsically right about the musical experience through the conrad-johnson MF2550SE. It is never brash or showy, it’s not the kind of amp that draws attention to its performance, but you just can’t help playing...
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Digital Audio Company Maraschino Monoblock Amplifiers

July 15, 2014
Digital Audio Company Maraschino Monoblock Amplifiers

Patrick Dillon has posted a review of the Digital Amplifier Company Maraschino monoblock amplifiers ($2900/pair) at HiFiZine. His conclusions: “It is rare that one sees a truly different approach to audio amplification, either in technology or in form factor, but the DAC Maraschinos truly offer something original. The looks might not be for everyone,...
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Digital Amplifier Company Maraschino Cherry Monoblock Amplifiers

July 13, 2014
Digital Amplifier Company Maraschino Cherry Monoblock Amplifiers

Greg Simmons has posted a review of the Digital Amplifier Company Maraschino Cherry monoblock amplifiers ($2995/pair) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “I also really enjoyed listening to Clap Hands through the Maraschinos, though they give the performance a different emphasis. The bass is tighter and with more punch, and the entire spectrum has a...
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Sophia Electric Magic 126S-03 Integrated Amplifier

July 13, 2014
Sophia Electric Magic 126S-03 Integrated Amplifier

Terry London has posted a review of the Sophia Electric Magic 126S-03 integrated amplifier ($5000) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “The Magic 126S-03 is an extremely well-built, good-looking integrated amplifier that produces 300B-type timbres/colors, holographic three-dimensional imaging, and a pure overall grainless liquidity. It also has enough current/watts to drive most speakers on today’s market,...
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McIntosh MA5200 Integrated Amplifier

July 11, 2014
McIntosh MA5200 Integrated Amplifier

HiFi Pig has posted a review of the McIntosh MA5200 integrated amplifier (£4995). Their conclusions: “If I were in the market for a £5000 all-in-one amp, I’d be perfectly happy to take the MA5200 and pair it with a good pair of loudspeakers. As for sources, you could get going with only a laptop....
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Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 11, 2014
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Michael Piskor has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier-DAC ($1199) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “True, there are summit level products are only a few steps beyond the mid tier titans, yet cost a lot more but when a little extra clarity brings a lot more bliss and enjoyment, I have no...
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JOB 225 Stereo Amplifier

July 10, 2014
JOB 225 Stereo Amplifier

John Richardson has posted a review of the JOB 225 stereo amplifier ($1699) at Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “Ultimately, then, where does that put me in my overall opinion of the JOB 225? Well, that’s an easy question to answer: it is what it is, and what that is is a...
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Audiosophia PL/VSR1 Preamplifier and FP/VSR25 Monoblock Amplifiers

July 10, 2014
Audiosophia PL/VSR1 Preamplifier and FP/VSR25 Monoblock Amplifiers

Roberto Rocchi has posted a review of the Audiosophia PL/VSR1 preamplifier and FP/VSR25 monoblock amplifiers (together, €2500) at ReMusic. His conclusions: “In other words, there are no doubts or reservations when you listen to this system. You are immediately convinced, surprised immediately and also after some time. Let’s say that the more the time...
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Ayon Crossfire III Integrated Amplifier

July 9, 2014
Ayon Crossfire III Integrated Amplifier

Marek Dyba has posted a review of the Ayon Crossfire III integrated amplifier (~€10,925) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Crossfire is not only a tube amp, but a SET (Single Ended Triode), starting with version II even more of a tube amp because of tube rectifier. And while it offers a solid portion of...
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elinsAudio Mille Power Amplifier

July 9, 2014
elinsAudio Mille Power Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the elinsAudio Mille power amplifier (~€15,000) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Be that as it may, the Polish system is fantastic. Bringing the foreground closer to the listener it makes it seem more intimate, at your fingertips. The space is large and extensive; the sounds around us...
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Devialet 250 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

July 8, 2014
Devialet 250 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Devialet 250 integrated amplifier-DAC (£11,800) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The fascinating thing about the Devialet 250 is, perhaps more than ever, it has become a mirror reflecting the demands of its owner. There are those who view it as an excuse for endless cable swaps, ‘config’...
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Jadis I-35 Integrated Amplifier

July 5, 2014
Jadis I-35 Integrated Amplifier

Rafael Todes has posted a review of the Jadis I-35 integrated amplifier at Hi-Fi World. His conclusions: “The Jadis I-35 is a beautiful-looking amplifier that produces a rich, resonant sound. Detail is good for the price and orchestral textures well realized and fulsome. Indeed the Jadis goes about its job with aplomb giving a...
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Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 5, 2014
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Brian Hunter has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier-DAC ($1199) at Computer Audiophile. His conclusions: “From a straightforward up-to-date techs-and-specs position the Oppo is currently unchallenged at its price point. It is a features-driven product with spectacular results. It is so much more than a headphone amplifier in the same fashion...
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Audioengine D3 Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 4, 2014
Audioengine D3 Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Mark Fleischmann has posted a review of the Audioengine D3 portable headphone amplifier-DAC ($189) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “Audioengine’s D3 is the best stick-type USB DAC and headphone amp I’ve heard yet. It sports a nearly nothing form factor and blissful independence from cumbersome USB-driver installation and wall warts. Its five-star performance...
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