PS Audio Stellar S300 Stereo Power Amplifier Review

October 15, 2017 § Leave a comment

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“he Stellar S300 amplifier has numerous strengths, but the most obvious is the purity of the entire treble range. Here we enjoy a freedom from harshness, a continuousness, a depth of tone that is similar to that found in the Cary single-ended tube amp. The tube amp digs a bit deeper into the lowest levels of resolution, but the easy on the ears treble range of the PS Audio amp is a pleasure to hear. (I wonder if raising the amplifier’s cut off frequency from 50 kHz to 100 kHz might provide another small fraction of a degree of higher resolution in the upper treble.) ”

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GTT Audio Audionet Heisenberg and Stern ultimate amplifiers, & listening session – Video

October 14, 2017 § Leave a comment


Dan D’Agostino Progression Mono monoblock power amplifier $38,000 Review

October 12, 2017 § Leave a comment

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“I harbor no such fears about the Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems Progression Mono. Instead, I’m eager to discover if JA’s tests will help explain how these monoblocks produced such detailed, natural-sounding, air-filled, ultra-dynamic, supremely musical sound.

Hegel Music Systems Röst DAC-Integrated Amplifier Review

October 10, 2017 § Leave a comment

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“Comparative listening also highlighted how the Hegel Röst couldn’t match the Audio Note in fluidity and palpable presence. Through the tubed amp, harmonically rich and complex instruments, such as John Roney’s piano, or Bobby Hutcherson’s vibraphone on Eric Dolphy’s “Out to Lunch (LP, Blue Note/Music Matters MMBST-84163), sounded organically smooth, liquid, and whole, with full harmonic development and believable attack, sustain, and decay. The Hegel’s harmonic envelope seemed smaller in comparison, particularly in terms of sustain and decay, which resulted in a mildly coarser sound. But again, this was audible only in a head-to-head comparison with the twice-the-price Audio Note; the Hegel outdid many other good solid-state amps in listenability, tone, and texture.”

VAC Signature 200iQ Stereo Amplifier Review

October 8, 2017 § Leave a comment

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“Perhaps the most startling sound I heard was that of the immortal Miles Davis’s Harmon-muted trumpet in “Basin Street Blues” from his Seven Steps to Heaven (CD, Columbia/Legacy CK 48827). It was explosive and piercing in a pleasant way, the notes lingering a bit in the air, a ghostly presence in my listening room. Every note was clear, tactile, evolving in time, plaintive and dynamic. The detail was such that notes bloomed as Davis played them, from attack impact to a subtle gathering in volume or a fading in aching diminuendo in long, sustained legatos and portamentos. There was a fabulous sense of touch and liveliness, the trumpet’s aural image solid and center-forward. It was as if Davis were there in front of me. The other players of his quartet were spread across the soundstage: Frank Butler’s drums deep at left, Ron Carter’s double bass near the center and noticeably behind Davis, and Victor Feldman’s piano at right. ”

KR Audio • VA910 Mono Amplifiers $16,500 Review

October 4, 2017 § Leave a comment

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“The VA910 midrange had lovely, emotionally significant accuracy, but it was not as magical as that of a a SET amp, nor did the VA910s bring out the inner harmonic structure of music in the way triodes or OTL amplifiers can. I had no complaints with their bass, which was full and nimble. The upper end of the frequency spectrum, however, was not quite as extended as it could be, with a little less airiness or openness in the upper reaches than I would preferred.”

Naim Atom Review

October 1, 2017 § Leave a comment

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“If your emphasis is on functionality and you don’t need a ton of output power, the Atom is a killer choice. You’d spend more than $2,995 just buying power cords and interconnect cables for a preamp, power amp, and headphone amp. Stay tuned for part two, where we concentrate on all of the different options and functions.”

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