Amplifiers

Manley Stingray iTube Stereo Integrated Amplifier

October 7, 2010
Manley Stingray iTube Stereo Integrated Amplifier

John E. Johnson, Jr. has posted a review, with a complete suite of measurements, of the Manley Stingray iTube Stereo Integrated Amplifier at Secrets of Home Theater & High Fidelity. His conclusions: The Manley Stingray iTube is a product that I see in a consumer's den or, better yet, in a college student's dormatory...
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NuForce’s Reference 18 Mono Power Amplifier

October 6, 2010
NuForce’s Reference 18 Mono Power Amplifier

Mike Silverton has posted a review of the NuForce’s Reference 18 Mono power amplifier ($7,600/pair) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: Nothing about the Ref 18 took me by surprise or storm. What the amp does so well is consistent with what I’ve come to expect. I hear the Ref 18’s advances as both real...
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Peachtree Audio iDecco Stereo Integrated Amplifier

October 5, 2010
Peachtree Audio iDecco Stereo Integrated Amplifier

Mark Fleischmann as posted a review, including measurements, of the Peachtree Audio iDecco Stereo integrated amplifier ($999) at Home Theater. His conclusions: Peachtree Audio’s iDecco is a killer desktop amp, especially when fed through its jitter-controlled, enhanced-DAC-equipped digital inputs. Here’s a product that bridges the yawning gap between the hi-fi verities and the way...
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Emotiva UPA-7 Multi-Channel Power Amplfier

October 4, 2010
Emotiva UPA-7 Multi-Channel Power Amplfier

Gene DellaSala has posted a comprehensive review, including a full suite of test measurements, of the budget-priced Emotiva UPA-7 multi-channel power amplfier ($699). His conclusions: I'm actually growing tired of reviewing Emotiva amplifiers. They are mostly uneventful both on my test bench and my listening tests. They don't falter, they deliver rated power (and...
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Simaudio Moon Evolution 600i Integrated Amplifier

September 30, 2010
Simaudio Moon Evolution 600i Integrated Amplifier

Philip Beaudette has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon 600 i 120 watts/channel integrated amplifier ($8,000) at Soundstage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: If you’re looking for a full-featured, reference-quality, bulletproof integrated amplifier, you would be making a mistake if you didn’t check out Simaudio’s Moon Evolution 600i. It’s the best integrated amplifier I’ve ever...
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Hegel H100 Integrated Amplifier

September 30, 2010
Hegel H100 Integrated Amplifier

Kirk Midtskog has posted a review of the 120 watts/channel Hegel H100 integrated amplifier ($3,000) from Norway. His conclusions: I can verify that the on-board USB DAC sounds quite good, comparable to that of the Stello Ai500 on 16-bit files. I suspect that most users will probably use an external DAC that will leverage...
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Gryphon Audio Diablo Integrated Amplifier

September 25, 2010
Gryphon Audio Diablo Integrated Amplifier

Frederic Beudot has posted his review of the Gryphon Audio Diablo integrated amplifier (Approximately $15,000) at 6moons.com. His conclusions: That said and money aside which will be the biggest hurdle for most—yours truly included— the Diablo is not for everybody. A component that is this transparent, linear and undistorted requires very careful matching both...
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NuForce Icon HDP Headphone Amp/DAC/Preamp

September 23, 2010
NuForce Icon HDP Headphone Amp/DAC/Preamp

Tom Martin has posted a review of the NuForce Icon HDP Headphone Amp/DAC/Preamp ($449) at Playback Magazine. His conclusions: As always, we should remind our gentle readers of the standard caveat that value is a function of your budget and your needs. That said, it is hard to imagine a logic that would find...
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Classé CT-SSP Surround Processor and CT-5300 Amp

September 22, 2010
Classé CT-SSP Surround Processor and CT-5300 Amp

Fred Manteghian has posted his review of the Classé CT-SSP Surround Processor ($9,000) and CT-5300 Amplifier ($9,000) at Home Theater. Here is an excerpt: I love movies that show snippets in the lives of fictional musicians, like Pure Country from 1992. It’s not a great movie, to be sure, but when George Strait takes...
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McIntosh MA6600 Integrated Amplifier

September 21, 2010
McIntosh MA6600 Integrated Amplifier

Andre Marc has posted a review of the McIntosh MA6600 Integrated Amplifier ($6,000) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusion: I liked everything about the McIntosh MA6600. The famous McIntosh glass face plate, blue lit power meters, general and build quality were an absolute treat. The luxurious, ridged volume and input knobs were very precise,...
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Musical Fidelity AMS35i Integrated Amplifier

September 16, 2010
Musical Fidelity AMS35i Integrated Amplifier

Vade Forrester has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity AMS35i integrated amplifier ($8,999) at Soundstage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: Who should be interested in the Musical Fidelity AMS35i? Someone who loves the sound of tube amplifiers but not the hassle of maintaining them, who has reasonably sensitive speakers (95dB or higher), and who listens...
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Musical Fidelity M6i Integrated Amplifier

September 15, 2010
Musical Fidelity M6i Integrated Amplifier

Ron Doering has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity M6i integrated amplifier ($2995) at Good Sound, part of the Soundstage! Network. His conclusions: Going into this review, I was a little prejudiced against the M6i for its lack of what I’d thought were such basic necessities as a balance control, a headphone jack,...
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Audio Research VSi60 Integrated Amplifier

September 13, 2010
Audio Research VSi60 Integrated Amplifier

Robert J. Reina has just posted his review of the Audio Research VSi60 integrated amplifier at Stereophile. His conclusions: In the VSi60, Audio Research has produced an integrated amplifier of staggering quality, versatility, and value. It should be considered not only by anyone seeking an integrated amp anywhere near its price, but also by...
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Electrocompaniet AW400 Monoblock Power Amplifiers

September 13, 2010
Electrocompaniet AW400 Monoblock Power Amplifiers

Art Dudley has just posted his review of the Electrocompaniet AW400 monoblock power amplifiers at Stereophile. His conclusions: n a perfect world there would be enough room, enough time, and enough money that we could sample everything under the sun, anytime we liked. To an audio enthusiast, that's no small matter: There are thousands...
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Bryston 3B SST2 Power Amplifier

September 13, 2010
Bryston 3B SST2 Power Amplifier

John E. Johnson, Jr. has posted a review of the Bryston 3B SST2 power amplifier at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusion: The Bryston 3B SST2 is a fine amplifier. Its neutral sound tonality allows for unfettered listening, so you can focus on the music and not be distracted with any...
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Bryston 3B SST2, 4B SST2 and 7B SST2 Power Amps

September 11, 2010
Bryston 3B SST2, 4B SST2 and 7B SST2 Power Amps

Jerry Seigel has posted reviews of the Bryston 3B SST2, 4B SST2 and 7B SST2 power amplifiers at 10 Audio. His conclusion with respect to the 7B SST2: There is a level of performance in audio components that offers a listener a detailed, dynamic, rich, lifelike, powerful presentation that leaves nothing to be desired....
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Marantz SC-7S2 Reference Control Amplifier

September 11, 2010
Marantz SC-7S2 Reference Control Amplifier

Alan Tafel has posted a review of the Marantz SC-7S2 Reference Control Amplifier at The Absolute Sound titled "Think Pink" referencing the pink tinge to the casework of the amplifier. His conclusion: Quibbles aside, the Marantz SC-7S2 is perhaps the best example extant of the old audio adage that a component’s sound is telegraphed...
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Krell S-150m Monoblock Power Amplifier

September 8, 2010
Krell S-150m Monoblock Power Amplifier

Steven Stone of The Absolute Sound has recently posted a review of the Krell S-150m monoblock power amplifier. His conclusion: Compared to the best amplifiers I’ve heard in my own systems the S-150m acquits itself well. The Pass X-150 is slightly more three-dimensional and juicier harmonically. In the race to be green the ICE-powered...
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Manley Labs Snapper Monoblock Amplifiers

August 26, 2010
Manley Labs Snapper Monoblock Amplifiers

If you have been considering moving from solid state to tube amplification, but are not willing to sacrifice your child’s college education, you would be well to audition the Manley Labs Snapper monoblocks. Offering 100 watts/channel, listing for $4,250 per pair and made in the USA, they have little competition. Andre Marc at Audio...
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