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Cary Audio SLI-100 integrated amplifier

By | December 13th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

My Russian neighbor’s blind grandfather, Vlad, has very discriminating ears—but only when I tell him what to listen for. If I don’t, he just bitches about my choice of music. And he refuses to listen to “weak” American orchestras.

Not surprisingly, Vlad worships Mikhail Glinka. “Herb! Play Russlan and Ludmilla!” When he asks for “Pyotr Ilyich,” I groan and quietly put the vodka back in the freezer.

A week ago, after an intense back-and-forth about Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Sergei Diaghilev, and the Ballets Russes, I persuaded Vlad to perform a blind comparison of two fairly similar push-pull tube amps: Rogue Audio’s Stereo 100 power amp ($3495), which uses KT120 tubes to output 100Wpc, and Cary Audio’s new SLI-100 integrated amplifier ($5995), which uses KT150 tubes to produce 100Wpc.… Read the full article

Cambridge Audio Edge A Integrated Amplifier Review

By | December 5th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value

PRICE $5,000


AT A GLANCE

Plus

Top-shelf sound reproduction
Enough power to handle nearly all loudspeakers
Price-no-object manufacturing and finish

Minus

Challenging input-identification ergonomics
No phono input


THE VERDICT

Cambridge Audio’s commemorative Edge A combines top-shelf sound with gorgeous industrial design. The price may be a cut above average, but the Edge A is no average integrated amp.


Do you really need a $5,000, 54-pound, two-channel integrated amplifier? Yes, of course you do. Especially if that integrated amplifier is the new Edge A from Cambridge Audio, a British firm with a long record of seriousness about sound reproduction.

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CH Precision I1 Integrated Amplifier Review

By | November 24th, 2018|Categories: Audiostream|

The Hollies 1969 Parlophone cover of the Bobby Scott/Bob Russell-written ballad “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother…” couldn’t have been a more fitting parable to have sprang to my limited mental faculties when I started writing this review because it kept running through my head as I cursed, sweated and struggled to move the prototype 95-pound CH Precision I1 integrated amplifier first from my car into my house and then into place on an amp stand in front of my hi-fi bench.
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Anthem STR Integrated Amplifier Review

By | November 15th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value

PRICE $4,499


AT A GLANCE

Plus

Effective, easily configured room correction
Flexible bass-management
Powerful stereo amplifier
Extensive phono input settings

Minus

No built-in network streaming capability


THE VERDICT

ARC room correction on Anthem’s STR integrated amp makes it a must-audition option for anyone putting together a high-performance stereo system.


Anthem AVM series preamplifier/processors have been part of my home theater toolkit going back as long as I can remember. Though they perform A/V switching, audio processing, and video upscaling as well as anything else on the market, the main feature I’ve come to depend on is the company’s proprietary ARC (Anthem Room Correction), a Windows and iOS/Android app that lets you measure the effect of your listening environment on your speakers using either a calibrated microphone or the one built into your phone or tablet.

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Musical Fidelity M2si Integrated Amplifier

By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

The Musical Fidelity M2si integrated amplifier is the first Musical Fidelity product to be released under the new ownership of Heinz Lichtenegger, who purchased the company from its founder, Antony Michaelson, earlier this year.

Lichtenegger predicted that he would be able to deliver the same quality Musical Fidelity for which the brand is famous at lower prices than previously, and he’s made good on that promise, with the new Musical Fidelity M2si being available for $1,799 (RRP). Lichtenegger says the new model, which is rated at 76-watts into 8Ω (137-watts into 4Ω) uses technology trickled down from the flagship Musical Fidelity Titan and is built in the same factory in Taiwan as that model.… Read the full article

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Auris Audio Fortissimo Integrated Amplifier Review

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Auris Audio (website) is a somewhat new addition to the rich high-end audio tradition of the central European country of Serbia.

If that strikes you as odd, let me assure you that yes, they’ve got a robust market for high-end audio manufacturing there! There are some wonderful and well-established companies from that part of the world doing some truly amazing things in the High-End corner of our hobby. A couple of the of better-known ones immediately come to mind.… Read the full article

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A short film about the Hegel H590 integrated amplifier

By | October 26th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

(The following is based on a true story)

Darko.Audio presents: A Short Film About the Hegel H590

Starring: the Hegel H590 integrated amplifier

Co-starring: Harbeth Compact 7 and KEF LS50

Special guest appearance: ALLO DigiOne Signature

Also featuring: The Smiths, Thin White Rope, Momus, American Music Club, The The, Planetary Assault Systems and Deadbeat.

Camera / colour: Line Kühl

Editor: Jana Dagdagan

Director: John Darko

Further information: Hegel Music Systems

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PS Audio Sprout100 integrated amplifier

By | October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

The original PS Audio Sprout, which I reviewed in the May 2015 issue, showed newcomers an easier, smaller way to amplify music recordings in the home. At $599, the Sprout100 costs $100 more. It fixes a few of the old Sprout’s weirdnesses: no power-on indicator light, no remote control, five-way binding posts that weren’t really five-way. It also doubles the Sprout’s class-D power output into 4 ohms, from 50 to 100Wpc (or 50Wpc into 8 ohms), and adds a few sonic and mechanical enhancements.… Read the full article

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AVM Evolution A5.2 Integrated Amplifier

By | October 18th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

AVM Evolution A5.2 Integrated Amplifier

Introduction to the AVM

I love audio components that offer a lot for the money. The Evolution A5.2 Integrated Amplifier is just such piece of audio gear. Built by German audio manufacturer, AVM, the A5.2 is a part of AVM’s extensive Evolution line of high fidelity components. AVM has been building HiFi gear since 1986, and according to their website they follow an engineering philosophy adherent to the K.I.S.S. principle—keeping the audio signal as unaltered as possible for the best sound.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Ayre Acoustics EX-8 streaming integrated amplifier

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: Audiostream|

Ayre Acoustics was showing off some of the newest kit in their lineup at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest and the piece of gear that interested me the most was their new EX-8 integrated ‘super’ amplifier. From their latest 8 Series.

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