Amplifiers

Musical Fidelity M3si Integrated Amplifier-DAC

April 26, 2015
Musical Fidelity M3si Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Rene van Es has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity M3si integrated amplifier-DAC (£1099) at The Ear. His conclusions: “It turned out to be a fine partner to my system, offering a wide open and beautiful sound. In truth I have not been able to discover any real shortcomings, save to mention that...
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47 Labs Midnight Blue Audio System

April 25, 2015
47 Labs Midnight Blue Audio System

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the 47 Labs Midnight Blue audio system ($11,300) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “I have not tried to rewrite each of the reviews that have already been published. This review is more of a conclusion to all the 47 Labs Midnight Blue reviews. The closing thought I would...
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Mark Levinson No. 585 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

April 24, 2015
Mark Levinson No. 585 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Wojciech Pacula has posted the review of the Mark Levinson No. 585 integrated amplifier-DAC (€13,725) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “№585 is not only an amplifier, but also a DAC. The in-built converter section in the amplifier is excellent. It produces close, tangible sound characterized by nice tone…I think that the No. 585 will...
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Raven Audio Spirit Mk2 Monoblock Amplifiers

April 24, 2015
Raven Audio Spirit Mk2 Monoblock Amplifiers

Art Dudley has posted a review of the Raven Audio Spirit Mk2 monoblock amplifiers ($13,990/pair) in his Listening column at Stereophile. His conclusions: “I’m one of those listeners who believe there exist, among amplifiers, many different paths to glory—yet who has a special place in his heart for low-power, push-pull tube amps, especially monoblocks....
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PS Audio Sprout Integrated Amplifier-DAC

April 24, 2015
PS Audio Sprout Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Tomasz Karasiński has posted a review of the PS Audio Sprout integrated amplifier-DAC ($799) at StereoLife. His conclusions: “This important, user-friendly intangible eludes traditional audiophile analysis. Most of all, the Sprout specialized in the beguiling reproduction of every kind of music I sent through its four inputs. Recommended to style-conscious, value-seeking human beings of...
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Accuphase E-470 Integrated Amplifier and DC-37 DAC

April 24, 2015
Accuphase E-470 Integrated Amplifier and DC-37 DAC

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Accuphase E-470 integrated amplifier (~€8225) and DC-37 DAC (~€8725) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The E-470 can become part of any system in which fluidity, musicality and density are most important. It has enough power to sound equally well in large rooms and with difficult columns,...
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PTP Audio Blok20 Integrated Amplifier

April 21, 2015
PTP Audio Blok20 Integrated Amplifier

Marja and Henk have posted a review of the PTP Audio Blok20 integrated amplifier (€2250) at 6moons. Their conclusions: “In every setup we tried the Blok20 in, there was enough gusto and space for emotional development to get to us as the listeners. That also meant the Blok20 was no proverbial straight wire with...
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Haiku-Audio Haiku Bright MK3 Integrated Amplifer

April 20, 2015
Haiku-Audio Haiku Bright MK3 Integrated Amplifer

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Haiku-Audio Haiku Bright MK3 integrated amplifier (~€975) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Haiku presents happenings in a natural way, not only as a ‘shadow’ of a happening but also its ‘heart’. It becomes obvious with high quality recordings, but the less perfect ones also sound truly...
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Woo Audio WA22 Headphone Amplifier

April 19, 2015
Woo Audio WA22 Headphone Amplifier

Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney has posted a review of the Woo Audio WA22 headphone amplifier ($1995) at Part-Time Audiophile. Her conclusions: “Depending on the direction you plan on taking your system – particularly if that direction includes Sennheiser HD800s or similar – the WA22 could just be the perfect component to take you through many years...
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Naim Statement NAC S1 Preamplifier and NAP S1 Power Amplifier

April 18, 2015
Naim Statement NAC S1 Preamplifier and NAP S1 Power Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Naim Statement NAC S1 preamplifier and NAP S1 power amplifier (together, £135,000) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Unconstrained, dynamic, coherent presentation – that’s the shortest description of Statement’s performance. It is able to trigger amazing emotions related to the music one listens to, that make one...
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NAD M12 Preamplifier and M22 Power Amplifier

April 18, 2015
NAD M12 Preamplifier and M22 Power Amplifier

Rene van Es has posted a review of the NAD M12 preamplifier ($3499) and M22 power amplifier ($2999) at The Ear. His conclusions: “The NAD M12 and M22 are technically beyond reproach. The preamp is as flexible as possible, when you consider that input sensitivity can be changed, tone controls tweaked, sample rates for...
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Parasound Halo A 31 Three-Channel Power Amplifier

April 17, 2015
Parasound Halo A 31 Three-Channel Power Amplifier

Roger Kanno has posted a review of the Parasound Halo A 31 three-channel power amplifier ($3295) at SoundStage! . His conclusions: “Tt should not be overlooked. The Halo A 31 has a clear, detailed sound that belies its price, combined with just a touch of warmth. This blend of qualities made it a joy...
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AURALiC TAURUS MK.II Headphone Amplifier

April 16, 2015
AURALiC TAURUS MK.II Headphone Amplifier

Brent Uptain has posted a review of the AURALiC TAURUS MK.II headphone amplifier ($1899) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “If the Taurus is on your short list of amplifiers to audition, please don’t let me scare you off the product. After all, I think I have made it pretty clear that my quibbles with the...
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Trilogy 933 Headphone Amplifier

April 16, 2015
Trilogy 933 Headphone Amplifier

Dawid Grzyb has posted a review of the Trilogy 933 headphone amplifier (£1995) at . His conclusions: “I can’t know for sure but a duel against the HPA-21 should leave the 933 standing. For sure it doesn’t need charging and it’s noticeably cheaper than the Korean/Japanese deck. At...
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Burson Conductor Virtuoso Headphone Amplifier

April 16, 2015
Burson Conductor Virtuoso Headphone Amplifier

Donunus has posted a review of the Burson Conductor Virtuoso headphone amplifier ($1995) at Headphonics. His conclusions: “All in all, I like the Conductor Virtuoso. The cool solid look, the beautiful remote control, the simplicity/ease of use, the extra inputs and outputs, and most of all the solid sound quality make it a home...
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NAD D1050 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

April 15, 2015
NAD D1050 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Peter Pialis has posted a review of the NAD D1050 headphone amplifier-DAC ($499) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “I was highly impressed with the NAD D1050. Throw in the $500 price tag and for me it’s a no brainer to recommend for those on a budget looking for a very natural and balanced sounding DAC....
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Lamm Industries M1.2 Reference Monoblock Amplifiers

April 14, 2015
Lamm Industries M1.2 Reference Monoblock Amplifiers

Tim Aucremann has posted a review of the Lamm Industries M1.2 Reference monoblock amplifiers ($27,190/pair) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “The Lamm amps are limbic-driving joy machines — miracle makers that kept me up all night begging for just one more record. These are amps for musicians, not analyticians. The M1.2 Reference is...
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Aurender Flow Headphone Amplifier-DAC and Digital Audio Player

April 14, 2015
Aurender Flow Headphone Amplifier-DAC and Digital Audio Player

Eric Neff has posted a review of the Aurender Flow headphone amplifier-DAC and digital audio player ($1295) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “At $1295 it is a solid value wrapped in a high class brushed aluminum body. It’s versatility and performance makes it a go to product that could serve as a primary DAC/Amp for...
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VTL TL-5.5 Series II Signature Preamplifier and ST-150 Power Amplifier

April 14, 2015
VTL TL-5.5 Series II Signature Preamplifier and ST-150 Power Amplifier

Wayne Garcia has posted a review of the VTL TL-5.5 Series II Signature preamplifier ($8000) and ST-150 power amplifier ($6000) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “As is obvious, for these ears (and this heart) VTL’s TL-5.5 Series II Signature preamp and ST-150 power amp are remarkably successful at delivering on all fronts—thrilling in...
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Triode TRV-88SER Integrated Amplifier

April 13, 2015
Triode TRV-88SER Integrated Amplifier

Marc Rushton has posted a review of the Triode TRV-88SER integrated amplifier ($3200) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “After quite a cross-section of musical genres, the Triode TRV-88SER is a real musical performer. If there were a weakness it may be in the upper frequency ranges, lacking a little detail and ‘sparkle’ for want of...
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iFi Audio Retro Music System

April 12, 2015
iFi Audio Retro Music System

Chris Martens has posted a review of the iFi Audio Retro music system ($1999) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “If you get a chance, do try to give this system a listen. It’s full of promise plus a touch of out-and-out sonic enchantment.” You can read the full review here.
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NAD D 3020 Integrated Amplifier

April 11, 2015
NAD D 3020 Integrated Amplifier

Stephen Meijas has posted a review of the NAD D 3020 integrated amplifier ($499) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Looked at from every angle, the D 3020 intelligently reflects today’s musical landscape. Will it be the component that introduces a new generation of music lovers to true high-fidelity sound? I don’t know, but it has...
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Vincent Solidline SA-94 Preamplifier and SP-995 Monoblock Amplifiers

April 11, 2015
Vincent Solidline SA-94 Preamplifier and SP-995 Monoblock Amplifiers

Kevin Fiske has posted a review of the Vincent Solidline SA-94 preamplifier (£2109) and SP-995 monoblock amplifiers (£1659) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “Look, I’m not saying the Vincents are the last word in sonic sophistication. But take a look at the ticket Joe. I fancy that like me, at that price, you’ll find it...
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La Rosita Maverick Integrated Amplifier

April 11, 2015
La Rosita Maverick Integrated Amplifier

Martin Mertens has posted a review of the La Rosita Maverick integrated amplifier (€6290) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Not only technically but sonically La Rosita’s Maverick Mk2 is different and clearly enriches its price range of amplifier options. In the outer bands the amp is very disciplined and avoids any excess. Consequently it seems...
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April Music Aura Note V2 Music Center

April 10, 2015
April Music Aura Note V2 Music Center

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the April Music Aura Note V2 music center ($2750) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “If CD playback is an important aspect of your listening lifestyle coupled with the ability to play file-based music up to 24/192 and you want the simplicity and convenience of a very good sounding...
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