Amplifiers

Simaudio Moon Evolution 860A Power Amplifier

July 31, 2015
Simaudio Moon Evolution 860A Power Amplifier

Fred Kaplan has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon Evolution 860A power amplifier ($15,000) at Sterophile. His conclusions: “Simaudio’s tends to be neutral, with a slight tilt toward warmth—a sound that appeals to my own taste. The 860A peeled back another thin layer toward neutrality with a warmth that seemed still more natural,...
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Ayon Audio Crossfire EVO Monoblock Power Amplifier

July 27, 2015
Ayon Audio Crossfire EVO Monoblock Power Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Ayon Audio Crossfire EVO monoblock power amplifier (€22,500/pair) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The Crossfire EVO delivers an amazingly rich, tuneful sound with tonal balance set lower then usual. It is highly resolving and wonderfully defined while it impresses with a leading edge and explosive...
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Arcam FMJ A19 Integrated Amplifier and CDS27 SACD Player

July 26, 2015
Arcam FMJ A19 Integrated Amplifier and CDS27 SACD Player

Dave Thomas has posted a review of the Arcam FMJ A19 integrated amplifier ($999) and CDS27 SACD player ($1499) at Stereo Tomes. His conclusions: “If you know of a music lover with a limited budget, or hell, even one with a massive budget but who also happens to be level-headed and practical, you’d be...
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ALO Audio Continental Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 24, 2015
ALO Audio Continental Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Brian has posted a review of the ALO Audio Continental headphone amplifier – DAC ($1495) at Computer Audiophile. His conclusions: “At $1,495 the Continental Dual Mono is the most expensive portable amp/dac combo I have ever reviewed. But with portable players beginning to hit the $3.5 mark the move seemed almost inevitable. It adds...
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Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier

July 24, 2015
Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier

The Poor Audiophile has posted a review of the Benchmark AHB2 power amplifier ($2995). His conclusions: “The Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier is one of the finest sonic experiences to ever come through my system. The AHB2 belongs on every audiophile’s short list. Yes, it’s that good.” You can read the full review here. You...
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Ayre Acoustics MX-R Twenty Monoblock Power Amplifier

July 23, 2015
Ayre Acoustics MX-R Twenty Monoblock Power Amplifier

John Atkinson has posted a review of the Ayre Acoustics MX-R Twenty monoblock power amplifiers ($28,000) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “All I can say is that if fortune has smiled sufficiently kindly on you that you can write a check for a pair of MX-R Twenty amplifiers without breaking a sweat, you should do...
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First Watt SIT 2 Stereo Amplifier

July 22, 2015
First Watt SIT 2 Stereo Amplifier

Terry London has posted a review of the First Watt SIT 2 stereo amplifier ($5000) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “If you do not need or want a very high current/watt amplifier and have the right type of speakers that were discussed in the body of the review–and if you are a listener who values...
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JOB 225 Power Amplifier

July 22, 2015
JOB 225 Power Amplifier

Domenico Pizzamiglio has posted a review of the JOB 225 power amplifier ($1699) at Audio Activity. His conclusions: “This small JOB plays everything with its own personality without any difficulty – the soundstage is very good. Not as deep as I am used to have – but it is surely ample and high enough....
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Audiopax Maggiore L50 Preamplifier and M50 Power Amplifier

July 22, 2015
Audiopax Maggiore L50 Preamplifier and M50 Power Amplifier

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Audiopax Maggiore L50 preamplifier (€18’000) and M50 power amplifier (€31’000/pair) at 6moons. His conclusions: “The L50 is a text-book moving target. Whatever I write about it is a mere freeze frame of many possible others. Change the TimbreLock and with it your opinion. If it operated...
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Margules Audio U280-SC 25th Anniversary Stereo Amplifier

July 22, 2015
Margules Audio U280-SC 25th Anniversary Stereo Amplifier

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the Margules Audio U280-SC 25th Anniversary stereo amplifier ($4599) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “As I have already said, one of the best things about this amp is it does not scream tube or solid-state. It just plays music in a wonderful way. This amp from Margules isn’t...
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S. A. Lab Luthier Range Stradivarius Phono Stage and Amati Integrated Amplifier

July 21, 2015
S. A. Lab Luthier Range Stradivarius Phono Stage and Amati Integrated Amplifier

Artjom Avantinjan has posted a review of the S. A. Lab Luthier Range Stradivarius phono stage ($11,000) and Amati integrated amplifier ($11,000) at 6mmons. His conclusions: “Whilst appraising components, it is customary to talk of levels of construction and musicianship. For the S.A. Lab Luthier Series pair, it’s sufficient to say these two devices...
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Border Patrol SE 300B 3 SET Amplifier

July 21, 2015
Border Patrol SE 300B 3 SET Amplifier

Steve Marsh has posted a review of the Border Patrol SE 300B 3 SET amplifier ($8995) at 6moons. His conclusions: “What the Border Patrol EXD/EXS combination does superbly well is to establish what may be an industry benchmark in reproducing the correct and fully developed tonal envelope for every instrument and voice played through...
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Cavalli Audio Liquid Carbon Headphone Amplifier

July 20, 2015
Cavalli Audio Liquid Carbon Headphone Amplifier

Arlindo Borges has posted post one of his review of the Cavalli Audio Liquid Carbon headphone amplifier ($599) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “Although it’s a bit on the busy side, all of the switches, connections, and knob are laid out in a methodical and efficient manner so as to not feel cluttered. The buttons...
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Constellation Hercules II

July 20, 2015
Constellation Hercules II

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Constellation Hercules II power amplifier (£85,000) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “But with the Hercules II, you gain both sides of the equation, the grace, the speed, the charm, the inviting magic of a small, deft single-ended tube amp, with the unshakable authority of seemingly endless power.”...
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NAD C 275BEE Stereo/Mono Amplifier

July 19, 2015
NAD C 275BEE Stereo/Mono Amplifier

Thom Moon has posted a review of the NAD C 275BEE stereo/mono amplifier ($3500) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “To say I really liked the C 275BEE is an understatement. I’ve rarely heard an amplifier of such power and such finesse. Throw big rock anthems at it and it handles them with no sweat....
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Arcam A49 Integrated Amplifier

July 18, 2015
Arcam A49 Integrated Amplifier

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Arcam A49 integrated amplifier (£3750) at The Ear. His conclusions: “John Dawson is to be congratulated on the A49, by going out on a limb with a relatively new technology he has managed to produce the best amplifier of his career. The A49 is very revealing,...
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Jeff Rowland Continuum S2 Integrated Amplifier

July 17, 2015
Jeff Rowland Continuum S2 Integrated Amplifier

Canada Hi-Fi has posted a review of the Jeff Rowland Continuum S2 integrated amplifier ($12,600) at Canada Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “The Continuum S2 has found a very special place in my heart and reignited my excitement for music, and after more than a decade of writing about audio that’s no easy task. I give...
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Yamaha A-S801 Integrated Amplifier

July 17, 2015
Yamaha A-S801 Integrated Amplifier

Canada Hi-Fi has posted a review of the Yamaha A-S801 integrated amplifier ($1099). Their conclusions: “It will attract based on versatility, but it will please on performance. If you are in the market for a quality two channel integrated that can do justice to just about every musical format, the Yamaha A-S801 is an...
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Jadis DA88S MkII Integrated Amplifier

July 17, 2015
Jadis DA88S MkII Integrated Amplifier

Jacob Heilbrun has posted a review of the Jadis DA88S MkII integrated amplifier ($14,495) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “It offers great performance for any amount of money, delivering the whole package—a coherent, thoroughly thought-out sound. Indeed, as you might expect from its previous efforts, the Jadis has a beautiful tone color, a...
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iFi Retro 50 Audio System

July 16, 2015
iFi Retro 50 Audio System

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the iFi Retro 50 audio system ($1995) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “Like every other iFi product we’ve used or reviewed, the Retro 50 screams high performance and high value – more than worthy of one of our Exceptional Value Awards for 2015. Whether you use the speakers...
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G•LAB Design Fidelity Integrated Amplifier

July 15, 2015
G•LAB Design Fidelity Integrated Amplifier

G•LAB Design Fidelity integrated amplifier (€5000) at Sound Rebels. His conclusions: “Conclusion? It is great, that there are people in our country, who want to create such products. Block, being a fusion of an idea for business, a good electrical construction and a nice external design, seems to be destined to reach final success.”...
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Jeff Rowland Model 525 Stereo Power Amplifier

July 15, 2015
Jeff Rowland Model 525 Stereo Power Amplifier

Christiaan Punter has posted a review of the Jeff Rowland Model 525 stereo power amplifier (€5700) at Hi-Fi Advice. His conclusions: “In true Rowland style, the 525 sounds highly differentiated, dynamic and expressive, fast and coherent, while always being a gentleman about it. Like other Rowland products, the 525 will never shout at you....
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Classe Audio Sigma SSP and Sigma AMP5

July 14, 2015
Classe Audio Sigma SSP and Sigma AMP5

Dave Thomas has posted a review of the Classé Audio Sigma surround sound processor ($5000) and Sigma AMP5 multi-channel amplifier ($5000) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “The Classé Audio Sigma SSP and Sigma AMP5 are really what I would call “every man” components. Their understated, sleek looks and ability to render fine musical details...
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NuForce STA120 Power Amplifier

July 14, 2015
NuForce STA120 Power Amplifier

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the NuForce STA120 power amplifier (£650) at The Ear. His conclusions: “My time with this NuForce was brief but very enjoyable and I would repeat it given the chance. In value terms you pay a percentage for the compact size and, it has to be said, superb...
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Rowland Continuum S2 Integrated Amplifier

July 9, 2015
Rowland Continuum S2 Integrated Amplifier

Neil Gader has posted a review of the Rowland Continuum S2 integrated amplifier ($9500) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Perhaps the most striking statement the Continuum S2 makes pertains to the overall musicality of Class D amplifiers. Just a few years ago, the argument asserted in these very pages was that Class D...
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