Amplifiers

Aragon 8008 Power Amplifier

March 3, 2015
Aragon 8008 Power Amplifier

Greg Borrowman has posted a review of the Aragon 8008 power amplifier ($4399) at AVHub. His conclusions: “Indy Audio Labs’ newly re-vamped Aragon 8008 is everything you could possibly wish for in a two-channel audiophile power amplifier… plus you’re getting true high-end performance at a distinctly unhigh-end price which is no mean feat when...
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Krell Chorus 7200 Amplifier

March 2, 2015
Krell Chorus 7200 Amplifier

David Vaughn has posted a review of the Krell Chorus 7200 amplifier ($9500) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “At $9,500, the Chorus 7200 isn’t cheap by any means, but its iBias technology delivers bliss for a relatively low cost per channel when compared against the cost of traditional high-end Class A amps. If...
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Musical Fidelity M6si Integrated Amplifier-DAC

March 1, 2015
Musical Fidelity M6si Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Erich Wetzel has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity M6si integrated amplifier-DAC ($2999) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “The M6si’s sound never drew attention to itself, handling all types of music with aplomb, and its performance was evenhanded at any listening level. I enjoyed listening to it because its sound produced no stress...
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Hegel Music Systems H30 Amplifier

March 1, 2015
Hegel Music Systems H30 Amplifier

Doug Schneider has posted a review of the Hegel Music Systems H30 amplifier ($15,000) at SoundStage Hi-Fi!. His conclusions: “Although the H30 is the biggest, most expensive product Hegel Music Systems makes, it nonetheless carries on the company’s tradition of high performance and high value — not because it’s cheap, but because it can...
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Devialet Ensemble Audio System

March 1, 2015
Devialet Ensemble Audio System

S. Andrea Sundaram has posted a review of the Devialet Ensemble audio system ($9995) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “The beauty of Devialet’s Ensemble system is that you can have truly excellent sound in a small, décor-friendly package for under $10,000 and with no effort. That’s a unique value proposition that I believe will...
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Psvane TC5 Integrated Amplifier

February 27, 2015
Psvane TC5 Integrated Amplifier

Tim Smith has posted a review of the Psvane TC5 integrated amplifier ($1399) at Wall of Sound. His conclusions: “This Psvane TC5 is, as far as I am aware, audio’s best buy–assuming that quality control is high. The TC5 is probably too new to answer that question. But over the 18 weeks I have...
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Pass Labs XA30.8 Stereo Amplifier

February 27, 2015
Pass Labs XA30.8 Stereo Amplifier

Jack Roberts has posted part 2 of his review of the Pass Labs XA30.8 stereo amplifier ($6500) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “To conclude this part of the review, of the many who can afford it like the ASR Emitter amp on the Quad ESLs, they cost nearly five time more than a Pass Labs...
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Theta Digital Prometheus Monoblock Power Amplifier

February 27, 2015
Theta Digital Prometheus Monoblock Power Amplifier

Larry Greenhill has posted a review of the Theta Digital Prometheus monoblock power amplifiers ($/pair) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “My last impression of the Prometheus was the same as my first: It’s one of the best-sounding amplifiers I’ve heard in my listening room. Seven months after I began listening to it, its soundstaging, imaging,...
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Soulution 711 Stereo Amplifier and 725 Preamplifier

February 25, 2015
Soulution 711 Stereo Amplifier and 725 Preamplifier

Jonathan Valin has posted a review of the Soulution 711 stereo amplifier ($50,000) and 725 Full-Function preamplifier ($50,000) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “It goes without saying that the Soulution 711 gets my highest, warmest, and most enthusiastic recommendation, as does its companion preamplifier the 725 (for which see the sidebar). Once again,...
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Pass Labs X260.5 Monoblock Amplifier

February 24, 2015
Pass Labs X260.5 Monoblock Amplifier

George Papadimitriou has posted a review of the Pass Labs X260.5 Class AB monoblock amplifiers ($11,000/pair) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “The Pass Labs X260.5 monoblocks are a well-built, no muss, no fuss, type of audio component. They work and operate great, they look great and sound great, as well. If, as Pass Labs states...
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Naim mu-so Audio System

February 22, 2015
Naim mu-so Audio System

David Price has posted a review of the Naim mu-so audio system (£895) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “There’s no doubt in my mind that the mu-so is a superb product; it’s no substitute for a full-size hi-fi and doesn’t set out to be, yet it provides music from a one-box system of a...
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Hegel H80 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

February 22, 2015
Hegel H80 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Chris Ward has posted a review of the Hegel H80 integrated amplifier-DAC (£1350) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “This amplifier feels like it’s successfully addressing noise and distortion in fundamentally new ways. It may be an entry-level product in Hegel’s product range, but it is clearly benefitting from trickle-down technologies found on more superior...
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McIntosh MXA70 Audio System

February 21, 2015
McIntosh MXA70 Audio System

David Price has posted a review of the McIntosh MXA70 (£5995) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “The McIntosh MXA70 is a lovely system alright, one that’s very hard to dislike. Any concerns that the company has done a cynical ‘cash-in job’ to leverage its brand should be abandoned here; the unit is a solid...
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Icon Audio Stereo 845 PP Integrated Amplifier

February 21, 2015
Icon Audio Stereo 845 PP Integrated Amplifier

David Price has posted a review of the Icon Audio Stereo 845 PP integrated amplifier (£5995) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “This is a lovely thing that bestows luxury and a sense of specialness on its owner. It oozes character and its own unique charm – making a sound that virtually no other amplifier...
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Monitor Audio A100 Airstream Integrated Amplifier

February 21, 2015
Monitor Audio A100 Airstream Integrated Amplifier

Adrian Justins has posted a review of the Monitor Audio Airstream A100 integrated amplifier (£399) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “All in all, the A100 is a fairly simple proposition – wireless streaming, a couple of wired inputs and a high-quality DAC and amplifier. There are no built-in third-party services such as Spotify, Deezer...
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Arcam A49 Integrated Amplifier

February 20, 2015
Arcam A49 Integrated Amplifier

Andrew Everard has posted a review of the Arcam A49 integrated amplifier (£3750) at Words and Music. His conclusions: “So that’s an amplifier warm and sweet enough to suit even the plinkiest (and indeed plonkiest) jazz recording, yet at the same time able to deliver the wall-shaking ear-splitting levels some seem to enjoy, complete...
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Balanced Audio Technology Rex II Preamplifier and Monoblock Power Amplifiers

February 20, 2015
Balanced Audio Technology Rex II Preamplifier and Monoblock Power Amplifiers

Jacob Heilbrunn has posted a review of the Balanced Audio Technology Rex II preamplifier ($25,000) and Rex II monoblock power amplifiers ($39,800/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Designing a preamp or amplifier consists of making choices, and as near I can tell, BAT has chosen to err on the side of a musical...
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Outlaw Model 5000 Five Channel Amplifier

February 19, 2015
Outlaw Model 5000 Five Channel Amplifier

Gene DellaSala has posted a review of the Outlaw Model 5000 five channel amplifier ($599) at Audioholics. His conclusions: “The Model 5000 runs cool, is capable of bringing a level of fidelity and power to a multi-channel system that no budget AV receiver can do on its own. If you’re running an AV receiver...
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Aurender Flow Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

February 17, 2015
Aurender Flow Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Aurender Flow portable headphone amplifier-DAC ($1295) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “As to power, I’m not ready to comment on the Flow’s output capabilities just yet, other than to say that it seemed to have (just) enough oomph for the fairly power-hunger HiFiMAN HE-560 headphones, yet was...
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Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

February 17, 2015
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier-DAC (£1199) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Oppo has a long history of building well-respected high-value products, but in my view the HA-1 stands as the firm’s best all-around effort to date. What is impressive is not just the number of roles the HA-1...
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Atoll HD 120 Preamplifier-DAC and MA 100 Power Amplifier

February 16, 2015
Atoll HD 120 Preamplifier-DAC and MA 100 Power Amplifier

Michel Aublanc has posted a review of the Atoll HD 120 preamplifier-DAC (€750) and MA 100 power amplifier (€400) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “Given the very affordable cost of this amp-preamp pair, you might be tempted to go with speakers in the same price range. However, don’t let their size and price tag...
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Teac AI-301DA Integrated Amplifier-DAC

February 16, 2015
Teac AI-301DA Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Teac AI-301DA integrated amplifier-DAC ($549) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “If you’re looking for an eminently listenable and likable integrated amp/DAC and headphone amp that plays back PCM resolutions up to 24/192 and DSD while adding Bluetooth connectivity as well as analog and S/PDIF inputs, you’ll be...
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Teac AI-301DA Integrated Amplifier-DAC

February 15, 2015
Teac AI-301DA Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Adrian Justins has posted a review of the Teac AI-301DA integrated amplifier-DAC (£400) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “The amp is excellently built, looks the part and is highly versatile in terms of its file handling and source compatibility, although its lack of AirPlay or Ethernet makes it more limited when used in a...
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Micromega MyAmp Integrated Amplifier-DAC

February 15, 2015
Micromega MyAmp Integrated Amplifier-DAC

David Price has posted a review of the Micromega MyAmp integrated amplifier-DAC (£480) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “The Gallic flair that the aesthetic and ergonomic design shows also applies to the way it makes music. Despite giving an engaging sound, it remains surprisingly refined; sophistication such as this is unexpected from a product...
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Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

February 15, 2015
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

David Price has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier-DAC (£1099) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “Right now, the HA-1 is surely the best do-it-all DAC/preamplifier/headphone stage at the price. It’s hard to fault, and makes a wonderful partner for Oppo’s excellent PM-1 headphones – with which it works hand-in-glove…As a preamp,...
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