Amplifiers

Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL 2 Headphone Amplifier

May 2, 2016
Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL 2 Headphone Amplifier

Jack Skowron has posted a review of the MicroZOTL 2 headphone amplifier ($1100) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “So, while this is certainly not an inexpensive amp, I believe it does deliver good value, being a really fine sounding headphone amp in an attractive package. T If you’re in the market for an amp in...
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Centrance DACport HD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

May 2, 2016
Centrance DACport HD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Earmass has posted a review of the Centrance DACport HD headphone amplifier-DAC ($199. His conclusions: “HD has actually outperformed my expectation and I am satisfied with the audio performance throughout the review period and I actually use it for few weeks long already, every session I am with the HD is session of pleasure,...
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Blue Circle Audio BC2K4sh Stereo Amplifier

May 1, 2016
Blue Circle Audio BC2K4sh Stereo Amplifier

Roger Kanno has posted a review of the Blue Circle Audio BC2K4sh stereo amplifier ($5595) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: ” In 2005, in his review of the BC2K4sh’s predecessor, the BC204, Marc Mickelson said that it had “a natural presentation that’s never harsh or merciless in the way it conveys detail.” This perfectly...
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Clones Audio 25iR Integrated Amplifier

April 30, 2016
Clones Audio 25iR Integrated Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Clones Audio 25iR integrated amplifier (HK$8,690 plus VAT) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “To be clear – I understand that such compromises are sometimes necessary and I accept them. I think that they allow listeners to enjoy music in a deeper, more refined way as compared...
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Audio Alto DMI 3H Integrated Amplifier

April 30, 2016
Audio Alto DMI 3H Integrated Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Audio Alto DMI 3H integrated amplifier (€4380 plus VAT) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Audio Alto delivers amazingly clear, pure sound which makes noticing all differences particularly easy. Spacing, especially considering the price range and solid-state design, is impressive. Just as the design itself is.” You...
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RT Audio Design Orpheus MkII Power Amplifier

April 30, 2016
RT Audio Design Orpheus MkII Power Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the RT Audio Design Orpheus MkII (~€750) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “This amplifier offers simply beautiful sound. But its bass doesn’t go very deep, is not particularly well controlled and it is rather warm. But it’s tonality, and spacing is wonderful – it creates an impression...
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FiiO A1 Portable Headphone Amplifier

April 29, 2016
FiiO A1 Portable Headphone Amplifier

Marcusd has posted a review of the FiiO A1 portable headphone amplifier ($30) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “The A1 is $30, tiny, well built and packs an ok starter amp inside that will be an upgrade on any amp inside your smartphone in terms of gain control, staging and dynamics in general. It has...
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NAIM Mu-so Qb Music System

April 29, 2016
NAIM Mu-so Qb Music System

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the NAIM Mu-so Qb music system (€900) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “It comes from the same family but its performance is difference and it is meant for a different customer group. And it makes it better, much better. Because audio involves making choices all the time,...
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Marantz HD-AMP1 Integrated Amplifier and DSD DAC

April 29, 2016
Marantz HD-AMP1 Integrated Amplifier and DSD DAC

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Marantz HD-AMP1 integrated amplifier and DSD DAC ($1099) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “The Marantz HD-AMP1 is a great addition to the Marantz line. The sonics were absolutely beyond reproach at this price point (and well beyond). The feature set is remarkable, and the built...
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Schiit Audio Ragnarok Integrated Amplifier

April 28, 2016
Schiit Audio Ragnarok Integrated Amplifier

Herb Reickert has posted a review of the Schiit Audio Ragnarok integrated amplifier ($1699) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “The Ragnarok conveyed the music with a unique and very seductive force that I had never quite experienced before, at any price. It accomplished this with every speaker model I tried, but most conspicuously with KEF’s...
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Alluxity PRE ONE Preamplifier and Power ONE Amplifier

April 28, 2016
Alluxity PRE ONE Preamplifier and Power ONE Amplifier

Matej Isak has posted a review of the Alluxity PRE ONE preamplifier (€6750) and Power ONE amplifier (€9250) at Mono and Stereo. His conclusions: “Alluxity The PRE ONE and Power ONE amplifier packs the power and control without stepping into the the reserved territory. While Alluxity The PRE ONE acts on its own as...
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Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 800 Integrated Amplifier

April 25, 2016
Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 800 Integrated Amplifier

Jimmy Hughes has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 800 integrated amplifier (£8000) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The Nu-Vista 800 offers a winning combination of speed, dynamics, bandwidth, headroom, and attack – plus brilliance and warmth. Yet such words only scratch the surface. With this amp, the total effect is greater than...
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Questyle CMA800R Headphone Amplifier

April 25, 2016
Questyle CMA800R Headphone Amplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Questyle CMA800R headphone amplifier (£1599) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: ” think the CMA800R is the headphone amp that grows with you. Good headphones require a great amplifier, and that’s where the Questyle CMA800R comes in. It’s so good, you might start to look at the matching...
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Simaudio MOON Neo 280D Headphone Amplifier-DAC

April 24, 2016
Simaudio MOON Neo 280D Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Andy Schaub has posted a review of the Simaudio MOON Neo 280D headphone amplifier-DAC ($2200) at Positive Feddback. His conclusions: “I may keep the MD-807T. I may let it go. However, I am very happy with the 280D and cannot imagine my system without it for all the things it does so well. I...
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Yaqin MC13S Integrated Amplifier

April 24, 2016
Yaqin MC13S Integrated Amplifier

Colin McKay has posted a review of the Review: Yaqin MC13S integrated amplifier ($750) at Wall of Sound. His conclusions: “If I were to do a comparison review of any of these EL34-based integrated amps, I wouldn’t hesitate to throw the Yaqin MC13S into the evaluation.” You can read the full review here.
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Alluxity Integrated One Integrated Amplifier

April 24, 2016
Alluxity Integrated One Integrated Amplifier

Marcin Olszewski has posted a review of the Alluxity Integrated One integrated amplifier (€7500) at Sound Rebels. His conclusions: “Choosing the Alluxity Int One is similar to buying an elegant limousine. If we decide to buy if from a known brand, we can be sure to get everything we pay for and what we...
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Merrill Audio VERITAS and THOR Monoblock Amplifiers

April 23, 2016
Merrill Audio VERITAS and THOR Monoblock Amplifiers

Matej Isak has posted a review of the Merrill Audio VERITAS ($12,000) and THOR monoblock ($4800) amplifiers at Mono and Stereo. His conclusions: “Both THORs and VERTIAS are quite different iterations of Hypex Modules implementations. Of course both with their own set of performing rules. THORs comes as more instant performer rounding up the...
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Vandersteen Model Seven Mk.II Loudspeaker and M7-HPA Power Amplifiers

April 22, 2016
Vandersteen Model Seven Mk.II Loudspeaker and M7-HPA Power Amplifiers

John Atkinson has posted a review of the Vandersteen Model Seven Mk.II loudspeakers ($62,000/pair) and & M7-HPA monoblock power amplifiers ($52,000/pair) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “All I can say is that I greatly enjoyed my three months with Vandersteen’s flagship system. The combination of true full-range sound, superb transparency and soundstaging, and a magically...
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Ming Da Dynasty Duet 300 Plus Integrated Amplifier

April 21, 2016
Ming Da Dynasty Duet 300 Plus Integrated Amplifier

CW has posted a review of the Ming Da Dynasty Duet 300 Plus integrated amplifier (£3499) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “This is a product that has clearly had a lot of love and attention to detail laboured on it and £3,499 feels like exceptional value for a hand-built integrated amp of such novel...
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Chord Mojo Headphone Amplifier-DAC

April 19, 2016
Chord Mojo Headphone Amplifier-DAC

J. Loh has posted a review of the Chord Mojo headphone amplifier-DAC ($599) at audiofi.net. His conclusions: “I’ve tested a fair bit of gear in my time, and few products have impressed to the level the Mojo has. No matter where and how it was called into use, it never disappointed and surpassed all...
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Optoma-NuForce Audio DAC80 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

April 19, 2016
Optoma-NuForce Audio DAC80 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Wayne Robson has posted a review of the Optoma-NuForce Audio DAC80 headphone amplifier-DAC ($750) at Audioholics. His conclusions: “The DAC100 was a well-received headphone DAC/amp combo that used much of the same electronics used today in the DAC80. But the decision to go with separate, discrete components makes the DAC80 a more flexible dedicated...
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Magnet Hyperion Reference One Power Amplifier

April 19, 2016
Magnet Hyperion Reference One Power Amplifier

WL Low has posted a review of the Magnet Hyperion Reference One power amplifier at av2day. His conclusions: “The Magnet Hyperion Reference One(Rev C) now offers higher performance levels, that are shockingly close to the high end branded establishments.” You can read the full review here.
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Atma-Sphere S-30 MK 3.3 OTL Power Amplifier

April 18, 2016
Atma-Sphere S-30 MK 3.3 OTL Power Amplifier

Dick Olsher has posted a review of the Atma-Sphere S-30 MK 3.3 OTL power amplifier ($4300) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Although the S-30 is guilty of slight timbre alterations, and presents a somewhat dark tonal balance, these acts of commission, most likely due to load interactions, did not generally interfere with the...
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ARCAM’s MusicBOOST Headphone Amplifier-DAC

April 17, 2016
ARCAM’s MusicBOOST Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Rob Johnson has posted a review of the ARCAM’s MusicBOOST headphone amplifier-DAC ($189) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “he sound quality is a major step up, especially considering the cost factor, enough so that we happily award the Arcam MusicBOOST an Exceptional Value Award for 2016. For those just beginning their personal audio journey, this...
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Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD DAC-Headphone Amplifier

April 15, 2016
Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD DAC-Headphone Amplifier

S. Andrea Sundaram has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD headphone amplifier-DAC ($1500) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “While any competently designed solid-state headphone amp should produce a sound that’s close to neutral, audiophiles base their buying decisions on the subtler ways in which amplifiers differ. The 230HAD has prominent but...
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