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High-Tech for Luddites: The CAD 1543 Mk II DAC, CAD CAT Transport, Trilogy Audio Systems 925 Integrated Amplifier, and Verity Amadi Loudspeakers

By | April 17th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Both the name of the company and the look of their products belie what I found to be the company’s spirit. “CAD”—short, in this case, for Computer Audio Design, but more commonly denoting computer-aided design, evokes highly technical, inhuman stuff. The main CAD products on active display in this room at AXPONA—the CAD Audio Transport, the 1543 Mk II DAC, and various “Ground Control” boxes—are squared off and minimalist in design, resembling space objects from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The components’ green logos evoked, for me, nothing so much as the eyes of aliens come to abduct us.… Read the full article

Paradigm Persona 3F loudspeakers, Anthem STR integrated amplifier

By | April 16th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

The impressive-sounding room from dealer Audio Video Interiors featured the Anthem STR integrated amplifier ($4499) that Tom Norton reviewed for Stereophile in July 2018. Speakers were the Paradigm Persona 3Fs ($10,000/pair), a smaller sibling to the similar-looking Persona 5F ($17,000/pair) that Kal Rubinson reviewed in October 2018.

Through there were subwoofers in the room, they weren’t operating when I listened to a percussion recording sourced from an Aurender server. Nevertheless, the bass drum almost nocked me off my chair, it was so deep and tight—a tribute to the effectiveness of Anthem’s Room Correction, which is incorporated in the amplifier.… Read the full article

New, Compact, and Classic from Luxman: NeoClassico SQ-N150 Integrated Amplifier and D-N150 CD Player

By | April 14th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

If you’re after an elegant classic look and a compact form factor, you’d be hard-pressed to do much better than the Luxman NeoClassic series, including the SQ-N150 integrated amplifier ($2795) and the D-N150 CD player ($2595). Both are new, and both are now shipping.

The SQ-N150 utilizes four EL84 tubes and 2 ECC83 tubes, all from JJ Electronics. It’s a 10W push-pull design with three line inputs, plus an input into a MM/MC phono stage. It has a headphone output, and it utilizes a standard Luxman remote control, either the one included with the D-N150 CD player or the optional RA-25.… Read the full article

Sony TA-5650 Integrated Amplifier

By | April 14th, 2019|Categories: Hifi-Collector|Tags: , , |


Grabbed this Sony TA-5650 from the front lawn of a neighbor during a yard sale. Watch the video to hear what I paid for it. Great-sounding unit, especially for a 45 year old amp. 

Any experiences with this amplifier? Chime in with your stories in the comments. 

VAC Statement 450i iQ Integrated Amplifier, Von Schweikert Ultra 9 Loudspeaker System, Esoteric Grandioso D1 DACs

By | April 12th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Disorder was the order of the day as everyone and their father ogled and chatted about the VAC Statement 450i iQ integrated amplifier ($150,000). During my relatively brief visit to this free-for-all space, in which demonstrations alternated between two systems, there were up to six people standing in front of the one I tried to hear. At one point, someone blocked the speaker on one side while a company rep chatted it up with someone on the other.

Initially, the sound was far too quiet to appreciate, but when it was turned up, I discovered a midrange-strong system, albeit with a somewhat flat top end, that seemed to be playing a string of classical blockbuster extracts.… Read the full article

An Integrated Amplifier Shootout: Ayre Acoustics EX-8 vs Cambridge Audio

By | April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

In our February 2019 issue, when I reviewed a new integrated amplifier from Colorado-based Ayre Acoustics, I concluded that “the EX-8 Integrated Hub is a high-end contender at a competitive price” (footnote 1). In that review I promised a Follow-Up in which I would compare the EX-8 with Cambridge Audio’s Edge A integrated amplifier, which Ken Micallef had positively reviewed in our January 2019 issue (footnote 2). While I’d enjoyed my time with the EX-8, I’d found its balance rather on the light side, and that it projected voices somewhat forward on the soundstage.… Read the full article

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Audiolab 6000A Series Integrated Amplifier

By | March 27th, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Audio de Javu

 

The 6000A - seen here in black with the matching 6000CDT CD Transport unit at the bottom
The 6000A – seen here in black with the matching 6000CDT CD Transport unit at the bottom

Taking its que from its award-winning forebear, the original AudioLab 8000 integrated that was first released in 1983 to win an undisputable place in the hearts of audiophiles worldwide, Audiolab’s recently released 6000A bears many award-winning features of the original but is much more fully digitally equipped to better compete at the current market place where digital source rule.

 

With a shape, size and fascia that looks much like the original 8000 series, the 6000A measures 445 x 65.5 x 300mm and weighs a sturdy 8kg.… Read the full article

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Onkyo A-9130 Integrated Amplifier

By | March 24th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

The Onkyo A-9130 integrated amplifier, which has a Wolfson WM8718 192kHz/24-bit DAC on board, is now available in Australia.

The Onkyo A-9130 is a ‘classic’ design, with a linear power supply using a large EI transformer and custom-made 10,000μF electrolytic storage/smoothing capacitors. The output stage is also a classic ‘linear’ Class A/B output stage using discrete bipolar power transistors. It’s rated with a power output of 30-watts per channel into 8Ω, a frequency response of 10Hz to 100kHz (–3dB) and a signal-to-noise ratio of 106dB (A-weighted).… Read the full article

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Onkyo A-9110 Integrated Amplifier

By | March 18th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Amber Technology, which distributes Onkyo in Australia, has announced the availability of the Onkyo A-9110 integrated amplifier.

The Onkyo A-9110 is a ‘classic’ design, with a linear power supply using a large EI transformer and custom-made 10,000μF electrolytic storage/smoothing capacitors and a Class A/B output stage using discrete bipolar power transistors. It’s rated with a power output of 30-watts per channel into 8Ω, a frequency response of 10Hz to 100kHz (–3dB) and a signal-to-noise ratio of 103dB (A-weighted). ‘The key to the A-9110’s outstanding performance is the use of custom-made or hand-selected parts, simplified and shortened signal-path topology, and is Onkyo’s time-proven wide range amplification technology,’ said Peter Amos, Managing Director of Amber Technology.… Read the full article

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Pro-Ject announces MaiA S2 super-integrated amplifier

By | February 25th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Nine — an impressive number of inputs squeezed by Pro-Ject into their latest – and rather diminutive – super integrated amplifier, the MaiA S2.

On the analogue front, we note 3 x line-level RCA pairings, a 3.5mm line-level socket and MM* phono staging. That’s five. Saying hello to up to 24bit/192kHz PCM and feeding an internal Cirrus Logic CS4344 DAC chip are asynchronous USB, 2 x TOSLINK and aptX Bluetooth. That’s four more. Total: nine.

Measuring a mere 20cm wide and 4cm high, the MaiA S2 is also one of the smallest super-integrated amplifiers currently available.… Read the full article

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