Amplifiers

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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Blue Circle Audio CSD Integrated Amplifier

April 15, 2016
Blue Circle Audio CSD Integrated Amplifier

Colin Smith has posted a review of the Blue Circle Audio CSD integrated amplifier ($2495) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “Its utilitarian looks and Spartan feature set mean that the CSD won’t be the integrated amplifier for everyone. But where it matters — the sound — it’s impressive. Blue Circle Audio’s CSD is certainly...
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47 Labs 4706 Gaincard Power Amplifier and 4700 Power Humpty

April 14, 2016
47 Labs 4706 Gaincard Power Amplifier and 4700 Power Humpty

Steven R. Rochlin has posted a review of the 47 Labs 4706 Gaincard power amplifier and 4700 Power Humpty (together $2750) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “To wrap this up, it seems we have a very unique unit here which totally obliterates all preconceived notions. This solid-state, Class AB, negative feedback using unit...
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Merrill Taranis Stereo Amplifier

April 14, 2016
Merrill Taranis Stereo Amplifier

John Fritz has posted a review of the Merrill Taranis stereo amplifier ($2500) at Stereo Mojo. His conclusions: “The Taranis gives new meaning to the concept of trickle down. I would say that in this case the trickle is a torrent and the Taranis is a bucket capturing most of what the Veritas has...
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Woo Audio WA5-LE Headphone Amplifier

April 13, 2016
Woo Audio WA5-LE Headphone Amplifier

Dubstep Girl has posted a review of the Woo Audio WA5-LE headphone amplifier ($2750) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “The sound signature offered increased dynamics while maintaining the same liquid velvety 300B presentation as before. The WA5-LE continues to provide top-level endgame sound at a reasonably and affordable price and is now the better buy...
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Naim Audio Mu-so Qb Music System

April 11, 2016
Naim Audio Mu-so Qb Music System

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Naim Audio Mu-so Qb music system (£595) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Ultimately, I’m not surprised Mu-so Qb was one of the big hits of CES – it puts a smile on your face! In truth, I’ve possibly spent more time just listening to sounds through the...
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Boulder 865 Integrated Amplifier

April 10, 2016
Boulder 865 Integrated Amplifier

Kriz Tan has posted a review of the Boulder 865 integrated amplifier at Hi-Fi Senses. His conclusions: “Boulder 865 Integrated Amplifier is a very well made amplifier that is so neutral and transparent that any change of devices in your rig will give you the distinctive notification.” You can read the full review here.
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Wells Audio Majestic Integrated Amplifier

April 5, 2016
Wells Audio Majestic Integrated Amplifier

Francisco Duran has posted a review of the Wells Audio Majestic integrated amplifier ($3499) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The problem is, one can talk about transparency, pace, soundstage, and detail all day long. Heck you could use those words to describe the sound of my $400 Marantz PM5004 integrated amplifier. But with the...
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Constellation Audio Altair II Preamplifier and Hercules II Monoblock Power Amplifier

April 4, 2016
Constellation Audio Altair II Preamplifier and Hercules II Monoblock Power Amplifier

Robert Harley has posted a review of the Constellation Audio Altair II preamplifier ($9000) and Hercules II monoblock power amplifiers ($180,000/pair) at The Absolute. His conclusions: “The Constellation Audio Altair linestage and Hercules monoblock amplifiers in their updated version maintain their status as world-class references. They are a convergence of beautiful design and build-quality,...
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nvoaudio ISA-2 Integrated Amplifier

April 4, 2016
nvoaudio ISA-2 Integrated Amplifier

Marja and Henk have posted a review of the nvoaudio ISA-2 integrated amplifier (€9000) at 6moons. Their conclusions: “Depending on the recording’s fidelity (lack of we-correct-it-in-the-mix trickery), the musicians behaved more like humans and less like sounds that had been spliced together to act like music. This came with great driver control which persuaded...
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Chord Mojo Headphone Amplifier-DAC

April 3, 2016
Chord Mojo Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Marcusd has posted a review of the Chord Mojo headphone amplifier-DAC ($599) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “or now, the Mojo is probably the best all-around portable DAC/Amp proposition with all the correct connectivity on offer for modern devices and an audio quality that should please a large audience most of the time.” You can...
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Tobian Tube Stereo Console SC12 and Push Pull Mono Tube Amp MA 70

April 3, 2016
Tobian Tube Stereo Console SC12 and Push Pull Mono Tube Amp MA 70

WL Low posted a review of the Tobian Tube Stereo Console SC12 and Push Pull Mono Tube Amp MA 70 at av2day.com. His conclusions: “The Tobian system is special in that way that each listening session, brings about a new, undiscovered dimension to each musical performance, even on songs that you’ve heard all your...
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Amps & Sound Kenzie Headphone Amplifier

April 3, 2016
Amps & Sound Kenzie Headphone Amplifier

Peter Pialis has posted a review of the Amps & Sound Kenzie headphone amplifier ($1500) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “The price point of $1500; while not cheap; performs with tube amplifiers costing considerably more. Throw in the fact that you won’t have to donate a kidney for a tube change and its win-win. The...
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S.A. Lab Bravo Integrated Amplifier

April 2, 2016
S.A. Lab Bravo Integrated Amplifier

Artjom Avatinjan has posted a review of the S.A. Bravo integrated amplifier (€40,000) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Summing up, let me point out that the S.A.Lab Bravo tube trio embodies the upper edge of the engineering art. It earnestly and implicitly demonstrates the advantages of mature schematics and the sound style of the Sound...
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T+A PA 3000 HV Integrated Amplifier and MP 3000 HV Music Server

April 2, 2016
T+A PA 3000 HV Integrated Amplifier and MP 3000 HV Music Server

Alan Taffel has posted a review of the T+A PA 3000 HV integrated amplifier ($17,000) and MP 3000 HV music server ($13,500) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “What T+A has done is to make it possible for audiophiles of more modest (though still significant) resources to get in on the extraordinary build-quality, sonic...
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iFi Audio Retro Audio System

April 1, 2016
iFi Audio Retro Audio System

Dwayne Carter has posted a review of the iFi Audio retro audio system ($1995) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “So how do I wrap up my experience with the iFi Audio Stereo 50 and LS3.5 speakers? Well, I was sad to return them and miss having the ability to listen to virtually any...
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Temple Audio Bantam One Integrated Amplifier

April 1, 2016
Temple Audio Bantam One Integrated Amplifier

Clive Meakins has posted a review of the Temple Audio Bantam One integrated amplifier (£680) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The diminutive Bantam One is a simple yet brilliant integrated amplifier; it’s very nicely finished, performs really well and will match a wide range of typical speakers. The amplifier being 90% efficient even...
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Luxman C-700u Preamp and M-700u Stereo Power Amplifier

March 31, 2016
Luxman C-700u Preamp and M-700u Stereo Power Amplifier

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Luxman C-700u preamplifier (£6995) and M-700u stereo power amplifier (£6995) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Luxman remains a brand to be contended with; its sound is ultra refined, which mean that it can deliver a fully rendered, high-resolution sound that is tonally stronger than a great many...
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Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier

March 31, 2016
Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Benchmark AHB2 power amplifier (£3299) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The AHB2 is a very impressive amplifier for its size and the it’s about the best compact power amp I have encountered. It seems fussier about speaker partnering than usual, however, and I would recommend trying it...
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Devialet 400 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

March 30, 2016
Devialet 400 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Kriz Tan has posted a review of the Devialet 400 integrated amplifier-DAC ($17,495) at Hi-Fi Senses. His conclusions: “Devialet is one company that deliver that with great measures. Devialet 400 is a state of art equipment, both in design and performance. It may be expensive on the tag but if you assemble your various...
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Audiobytes Black Dragon Headphone Amplifier-DAC

March 30, 2016
Audiobytes Black Dragon Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Frank Iacone has posted a review of the Audiobytes Black Dragon headphone amplifier-DAC ($2500) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “Designing a good quality digital-to-analog converter was Audiobyte’s goal for the Black Dragon. The headphone amplifier was not the top design priority yet when Nicolae heard the amplifier he was impressed with its performance. Based on...
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Audio Research GSi75 Integrated Amplifier

March 29, 2016
Audio Research GSi75 Integrated Amplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Audio Research GSi75 integrated amplifier (£16,000) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “That might sound trite, but when you think just how much more you need to spend and how many more boxes you need in the room to improve on the GSi75 in fundamental terms, you begin...
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Tron Atlantic Integrated Tube Amplifier

March 29, 2016
Tron Atlantic Integrated Tube Amplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Tron Atlantic integrated tube amplifier (£7250) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The Tron Atlantic is a cute little amplifier. It doesn’t have a lot of power in reserve and will never raise the roof. But that’s missing the point of the amplifier. It’s not meant to raise...
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