Amplifiers

Moon by Simaudio Evolution 760A Stereo Amplifier

July 2, 2015
Moon by Simaudio Evolution 760A Stereo Amplifier

Aron Garrecht has posted a review of the Moon by Simaudio Evolution 760A stereo amplifier ($8000) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “he finesse with which the 760A consistently balanced power, transparency, dynamics, tonal colors, and dimensionality, all against near-silent backgrounds, was spellbinding.” You can read the full review here.
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Parasound Zdac V.2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 1, 2015
Parasound Zdac V.2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

John Grandberg has posted a review of the Parasound Zdac V.2 headphone amplifier-DAC at InnerFidelity. His conclusions: “The Parasound Zdac was already a very enjoyable device. It offered a very “analog” sound in an attractive, relatively affordable package, from a well known and respected brand. The few complaints I had were all minor in...
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Merrill Audio Taranis Stereo Power Amplifier

July 1, 2015
Merrill Audio Taranis Stereo Power Amplifier

Tom Lyle has posted a review of the Merrill Audio Taranis stereo power amplifier ($2500) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The Merrill Audio Taranis stereo power amplifier is a fine example of modern audio engineering. President and founder Merrill Wettasing has managed to design a power amplifier that not only sounds great, but...
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GamuT Limited Edition Di150 Integrated Amplifier

June 30, 2015
GamuT Limited Edition Di150 Integrated Amplifier

Ron Nagle has posted a review of the GamuT Limited Edition Di150 iIntegrated amplifier ($11,990) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “I see the Di150LE as a bed rock starting point for building a system from scratch. Its very natural neutrality dictates that you must proceed carefully to match every source component. At 700...
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Balanced Audio Technology VK-655SE Power Amplifier

June 28, 2015
Balanced Audio Technology VK-655SE Power Amplifier

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Balanced Audio Technology VK-655SE amplifier ($16,500) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “There was nothing that the VK-655SE couldn’t handle effortlessly during this review. In the realm of the reference speakers at my disposal—all with sensitivity ratings of 87 to 90 dB—I can’t imagine ever needing more power...
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Pass Labs XA160.8 Monoblock Amplifier

June 28, 2015
Pass Labs XA160.8 Monoblock Amplifier

Jerold O’Brien has posted a review of the Pass Labs XA160.8 monoblock amplifiers ($29,000/pair) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “I’ve hinted that the Pass XA160.8s have the slightest bit of warmth in their overall character, which they do. However, this additional richness and palpability is not at the expense of softness, or compromise in transient...
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Bel Canto Design Black Amplification System

June 27, 2015
Bel Canto Design Black Amplification System

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the Bel Canto Design Black amplification system ($50,000) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “If you’re a committed analog listener, you’re probably going to want to listen to vinyl in the analog domain. (But if you have an opportunity to hear an LP through this system, do it.) Otherwise,...
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Lindemann Musicbook 55 Stereo Power Amplifier

June 26, 2015
Lindemann Musicbook 55 Stereo Power Amplifier

Anthony Nicosia has posted a review of the Lindemann Musicbook 55 stereo power amplifier ($3599) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Given all the above and stating my enjoyment of tube amplifiers the Musicbook 55 floored me with its massive soundscape, precise and natural images. This was an amplifier that could easily find a...
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Rogue Audio Pharaoh Integrated Amplifier

June 21, 2015
Rogue Audio Pharaoh Integrated Amplifier

Greg Handy has posted a review of the Rogue Audio Pharaoh integrated amplifier ($3495) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “At $3,500, the Rogue Audio Pharaoh is a unique product that hits on all the demands of an analog audiophile, at a price point that is significantly less than what you would expect to spend.” You...
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Symphonic Line RG14 Edition Integrated Amplifier

June 20, 2015
Symphonic Line RG14 Edition Integrated Amplifier

Ian Ringstead has posted a review of the Symphonic Line RG14 Edition integrated amplifier (£2850) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “I felt it would be there for you years and years down the line just like a good marriage. If all the rest of Symphonic Lines products are as good as this, and I...
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Merrill Audio Taranis Power Amplifier

June 19, 2015
Merrill Audio Taranis Power Amplifier

John Richardson has posted a review of the Merrill Audio Taranis power amplifier ($2500) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “Mr. Wettasinghe continues to impress me even more with each of his designs that I hear, especially as he plumbs the lower end of the audiophile price range with his amps. And that’s good news...
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OPPO HA-2 Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC and PM-3 Headphones

June 19, 2015
OPPO HA-2 Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC and PM-3 Headphones

Maurice Jeffries has posted a review of the OPPO HA-2 portable headphone amplifier-DAC ($299) and PM-3 headphones ($399) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “So there you have it, micro-verse maniacs. The Oppo HA-2/PM-3 combo offers superb build quality, excellent ergonomics and great sound at a bargain price. The PM-3′s closed-back architecture does a great...
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Stello S100 MkII Power Amplifier

June 16, 2015
Stello S100 MkII Power Amplifier

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Stello S100MkII. power amplifier ($1200) at 6moons. His conclusions: “I prefer the Stello twins for their greater insight into the musical fabric; for their more informative suave top end; for their overall higher resolution; and more feathered-out layered soundstaging, computer screen be damned.” You can read...
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Manley Mahi Monoblock Amplifiers

June 15, 2015
Manley Mahi Monoblock Amplifiers

Giuseppe Trotto has posted a review of the Manley Mahi monoblock amplifiers (€5900/pair) at ReMusic. His conclusions: “I appreciate tone, macro and micro-dynamics, image, acoustic scene, three-dimensionality, manufacturing and design. With a curriculum like this, they deserve a Spark in the Dark.” You can read the full review here.
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Moon Nēo 430HAD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

June 15, 2015
Moon Nēo 430HAD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Moon Nēo 430HAD headphone amplifier-DAC (£2700) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “If you have yearned for a realistically-priced, world-class headphone amplifier that can stand tall in comparison with absolutely any other amp being produced today, you need look no further than Moon’s Nēo 430HA.” You can read...
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Aurender Flow Headphone Amplifier-DAC

June 15, 2015
Aurender Flow Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Aurender Flow headphone amplifier-DAC ($1295) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “In my view, Aurender’s Flow is arguably one the top two or three portable headphone amp/DACs on the market today. It earns this status through the old-fashioned combination of solid build quality, elegant good looks, clever and...
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Woo Audio WA7tp Headphone Amplifier-DAC

June 14, 2015
Woo Audio WA7tp Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Andy Schaub has posted a review of the Woo Audio WA7tp headphone amplifier-DAC ($) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “In the future, two-channel home audio might just be an arrangement like this, where you can still sync a portable, high-resolution player to your MacBook Pro and use a portable pair of headphones (such as...
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PS Audio Sprout Integrated Amplifier-DAC

June 11, 2015
PS Audio Sprout Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Nathan has posted a review of the PS Audio Sprout integrated amplifier-DAC ($799) at Headphonia. His conclusions: “And pairing it is easy as pie: flip Sprout’s input switch to BLUETOOTH, then hit pair on your computer or mobile device. Lickety split.” You can read the full review here. You can find links to more...
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PrimaLuna Dialogue HP Integrated Amplifier

June 10, 2015
PrimaLuna Dialogue HP Integrated Amplifier

Jon Myles has posted a review of the PrimaLuna Dialogue HP integrated amplifier ($4199) at Hi-Fi World. His conclusions: “As easy to use and maintain valve amplifiers go the Primaluna Dialogue takes some beating. The option to use a variety of output tubes also offers the user great flexibility in tailoring the sound to...
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Constellation Audio Inspiration 1.0 Preamplifier and Stereo Amplifier

June 9, 2015
Constellation Audio Inspiration 1.0 Preamplifier and Stereo Amplifier

José Victor Henriques has posted a review of the Constellation Audio Inspiration 1.0 preamplifier (£10,000) ans stereo amplifier (£10,000) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “Constellation’s Inspiration Series is aptly named for the Preamp and Stereo 1.0 power amp combination reproduces music with a freedom, neutrality and conviction that belies even this...
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JOB Systems 225 Power Amplifier

June 9, 2015
JOB Systems 225 Power Amplifier

Dan Worth has posted a review of the JOB Systems 225 power amplifier ($) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “In other words the definition, resolution, transparency and emphatic bass performance is shocking. JOB Systems manages to put together an amplifier of such maturity and insight into the music that the price tag simply does...
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Leema Acoustics Elements Integrated Amplifier

June 8, 2015
Leema Acoustics Elements Integrated Amplifier

Dominic Marsh has posted a review of the Leema Acoustics Elements integrated amplifier (£1700) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “When you get it right, it’s a delight to listen to and many hours of listening pleasure awaits. Factor in that it has a superb built in DAC with enough inputs and connectivity to place...
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MySound Cube Monoblock Amplifier

June 7, 2015
MySound Cube Monoblock Amplifier

Mike Cox has posted a review of the MySound Cube monoblock amplifiers (£4500) at TNT Audio. His conclusions: “There is no evidence of the valve rushing sound even when you place your ear close to the speakers. You do need a clean mains supply to optimise the Cubes, the Lampizator Silk filter really helps...
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Pass Labs X250.8 Stereo Amplifier

June 6, 2015
Pass Labs X250.8 Stereo Amplifier

John Richardson has posted a review of the Pass Labs X250.8 stereo amplifier ($9600) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “The thing I love most about this amp is its ability to really cast a sense of aural illumination on the notes that make them so much more than mere notes. What you get here,...
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Hegel Music Systems H160 Integrated Amplifier

June 6, 2015
Hegel Music Systems H160 Integrated Amplifier

Herb Reichert has posted a review of the Hegel Music Systems H160 integrated amplifier ($3500) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “On a scale of thick to thin, the H160 tended toward the corporeal—but in a very appealing manner. It wasn’t fast or slow. Its way with rhythm and tempo was unerringly natural and enjoyable. Forced...
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