Pass Labs INT-250 Integrated Amplifier

August 31, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“The results were intriguing and somewhat surprising. The INT-250 showed it’s flexibility and was an excellent match for both speakers. I was concerned that the INT-250 and Strad combination would be just “too much chocolate in the pudding” and that it would tire the senses over time. This was not the case at all as I quickly settled in on this duo for many many extended listening sessions of pure joy. Though there was excellent synergy at all frequencies, it was the bass performance that got my attention. The Strads can really deliver the thunder with the right amplifier. The INT-250 proved to be up to the challenge.

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WA22 Headphone Amp Overview – Video

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Sonos Amp Hands-On at IFA 2018

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Mytek Brooklyn Amp power amplifier

August 30, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Mytek’s Brooklyn Amp is an unusual amplifier that brought the instrumental details of various discs to the fore in a cool-headed, involving, often surprising way. Allying one or two Amps to Mytek’s Brooklyn DAC+ makes a serious combo with a future. And because all Mytek products are said to be upgradeable via firmware downloads, you can be sure to keep up to date with the Amp’s continuing evolution.

Blossoming from an extremely low noise floor, the Brooklyn Amp’s reproduction of my music was revelatory. It exposed the focused surge of my favorite 45rpm singles as well as instrumental details I’d somehow missed, and its sound was consistently immediate and dynamic. Using two Amps in bridged-mono mode greatly increased the flesh and blood of the sound of a single Amp, with no loss of dynamics. Now if Mytek could somehow combine all those strengths in one box, they’d really be on to something.”

Amazing DIY Glass Speaker / Edison Lightbulb

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Stenheim • Reference Ultime Loudspeakers $195,000 Review

August 29, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Which in turn raises the question, what price the active option? Bearing in mind that the switch to the active version of the Reference Ultime involves far more than simply shelling out extra to buy the crossover itself — you need to double up on your main amplifier, as well as add a couple of levels of equipment support and some extra cables. It’s far from a straightforward or affordable option. So what does it deliver — more of the same or something different — and does it risk throwing the baby out with the technological and conceptual bath water? After all, given that the Reference Ultime passive is built around the concept of topological simplicity, doesn’t adding all that extra hardware rather undermine that philosophy?”

AIR TIGHT ATC-5 PREAMPLIFIER REVIEW

August 29, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“When it comes to the purity of sonic deliverance Air Tight ATC-5 is anything but. One of the biggest surprises was the open, transparent yet always palpable sonic performance. Being all tube preamplifier one would expect the complete opposite.Yes, Air Tight ATC-5 is a single-ended preamplifier and as such it provides only RCA inputs. It was undoubtedly designed to fit within the Air Tight’s family tree of products and to be accompanied with other non-balanced front ends and power amplifiers.”

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