Usher R-1.5 Stereo Amplifier $3990 Review

September 1, 2022 § Leave a comment

As mentioned earlier, it’s probably best matched with a solid-state preamplifier possessing a very neutral, detailed or sharper signature, as using a warmer tube line stage may yield a presentation that’s too buttery and a tad soft on linearity.

That said, getting a reference level, Class A design oozing so much power, presence, and finesse at this price point is a bargain (remember, it was designed to drive any consumer speaker) and worthy of serious consideration.

As a reviewer, I rely on the extra bit of detail, resolution and neutrality afforded by the X150.8 in order to properly assess gear that I am reviewing. However, if that’s not a concern, at $3990, the Usher R-1.5 amplifier is an overachiever and one that I can heartily recommend.

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