Amplifiers

McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier

July 30, 2014
McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier

Michael Mercer and Michael Liang have posted a review of the McIntosh MHA100 headphone amplifier ($) at Audio360. Their conclusions: “In the beginning I was skeptical of the MHA100 mainly because of the speakers output feature. I wanted so badly for McIntosh to make a dedicated headphone amplifier I saw very little if any...
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AURALiC TAURUS MKII Balanced Headphone Amplifier

July 29, 2014
AURALiC TAURUS MKII Balanced Headphone Amplifier

Stephen Hornbrook has posted a review of the AURALiC TAURUS MKII balanced headphone amplifier ($1800) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, His conclusions: “The AURALiC TAURUS MKII is simply one of the finest headphone amps on the market and should not be missed. This is one of the few blind purchases you...
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Lab12 HPA Headphone Amplifier

July 29, 2014
Lab12 HPA Headphone Amplifier

Tomasz Karasiński has posted a review of the Lab12 HPA headphone amplifier ($1200) at StereoLife. His conclusions: “Greek amplifier looks great and is able to engage the listener for long hours. I was wondering what is the reason of this. The key to success is probably the fine combination of all those features that...
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Octave Audio V40 SE Integrated Amplifier

July 28, 2014
Octave Audio V40 SE Integrated Amplifier

Art Dudley has posted a review of the Octave Audio V40 SE integrated amplifier ($5300) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “In use and sound alike, I came to regard Octave Audio’s V 40 SE as a tube amp for people who don’t like tube amps, in the same sense that an appletini is an alcoholic...
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AURALiC GEMINI 2000 Headphone Amplifier-DAC-Stand

July 28, 2014
AURALiC GEMINI 2000 Headphone Amplifier-DAC-Stand

Chris Martens has posted his initial impressions of the AURALiC GEMINI 2000 headphone amp/DAC/stand ($1995) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “If you want a big—and I mean really big—taste of what top-tier headphone electronics can be like, yet at a price that must be considered a bargain, then look no further.” You can read the...
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NuForce HA-200 Headphone Amplifier

July 27, 2014
NuForce HA-200 Headphone Amplifier

John Grandberg has posted a review of the NuForce HA-200 headphone amplifier ($349) at Inner Fidelity. His conclusions: “NuForce has the right idea here—start with a really nice amp, price it very aggressively, and add in the monoblock option as a twist. I hazard to guess relatively few HAP-100 users take full advantage of...
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Tisbury Audio Challenge Amp 1 Headphone Amplifier

July 27, 2014
Tisbury Audio Challenge Amp 1 Headphone Amplifier

Skylab has posted a review of the Tisbury Audio Challenge Amp 1 headphone amplifier ($600) at InnerFidelity. His conclusions: “I have a VERY expensive tube amp sitting on my desk waiting to be reviewed next. I haven’t turned it on yet, or even plugged it in. Typically I wouldn’t have been able to dispense...
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Clones Audio 25i Integrated Amplifier

July 26, 2014
Clones Audio 25i Integrated Amplifier

John Darko has posted a review of the Clones Audio 25i integrated amplifier (€629) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “I like this amplifier a lot. It’s no powerhouse and perhaps that’s the reason why I found loudspeaker matching to be more crucial than usual during my three-month audition time. However, find the right dance partner...
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iFi Nano iDSD portable DSD DAC/Headphone Amplifier

July 24, 2014
iFi Nano iDSD portable DSD DAC/Headphone Amplifier

Chris Martens has posted a review of the iFi Nano iDSD portable DSD DAC/headphone amplifier (£165) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “n sum, when paired with appropriately revealing, accurate, and high-sensitivity transducers, the affordable Nano iDSD DAC/amp provides an amazingly versatile and sonically sophisticated high-end solution. The only caveat is that, for best results, you...
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Siltech SAGA System

July 23, 2014
Siltech SAGA System

Jonathan Valin has posted a review of the Siltech SAGA System ($112,500) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “To sum up, the Siltech SAGA System is not only engineered like nothing else; it sounds like nothing else—or at least nothing else I’ve heard. With its unique blend of tube-like bloom, three-dimensionality, and naturalness of...
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Manley Neo-Classic 500 Monoblock Amplifiers

July 23, 2014
Manley Neo-Classic 500 Monoblock Amplifiers

Roberto Rocchi has posted a review of the Manley Neo-Classic 500 monoblock amplifiers (€17,100/pair) at ReMusic. His conclusions: “Well, guys what a sound! Great listening experience. After years of passion and professionalism on the field I still get involved in trying to find the best configuration so to have the best outcome. This is...
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Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 22, 2014
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

John Gatski has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier-DAC ($1199) at Everything Audio Network. His conclusions: “At $1,199. the Oppo HA-1 is an outstanding DAC/headphone preamp — with the ability to connect to computers, tablets, and smart phones at the highest resolution available, as well as the typical digital player. When...
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Red Dragon Audio M500 and M1000 MkII Power Amplifiers

July 22, 2014
Red Dragon Audio M500 and M1000 MkII Power Amplifiers

Jim Merod has posted a review of the Red Dragon Audio M500 ($1598/pair) and M1000 MkII ($2198/pair) power amplifiers at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “In a commercial world where too many glitzy audio products are hyper-designed cosmetically to suck big spenders into thrall, not for the outcome of sonic accuracy or musical glory, I...
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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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