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Simaudio reveals new Moon 700i V2 integrated amplifier and 780D V2 streaming DAC

By | June 21st, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , , , |

SIMAUDIO REVEALS TWO LUXURIOUS NEW MOON HIGH-PERFORMANCE STEREO COMPONENTS

The MOON 700i v2 integrated stereo amplifier and 780D v2 streaming DAC

MOON has added two outstanding new products to its class-leading range of audiophile electronics. Designed to offer performance way beyond their price, both the 700i v2 integrated stereo amplifier and 780D v2 streaming DAC will permanently alter listeners’ expectations of audio quality.

The 700i v2 is the most flexible, most extensively specified integrated stereo amp MOON has ever made. Building on its 40-year heritage of designing some of the world’s finest integrated amps, the MOON 700i v2 is created to provide a lifetime of thrilling audio performance.

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KLIAVS 2019: Absolare integrated amplifier to make its debut

By | June 21st, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , |

The Absolare integrated amplifier looks stunning.
The Absolare integrated amplifier looks absolutely stunning.

 

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

James Chin, the owner of YL Audio, loves to keep audiophiles in a state of suspense. When I asked him recently what sound system he would be setting up for demo at the coming KL International AV Show, he replied that he will debut the Lawrence Audio Penguin speakers from Taiwan (see  http://av2day.com/2019/06/kliavs-2019-yl-audio-to-debut-lawrence-audio-speakers/

 

When I asked for more details, he replied: “Slowly the info will be released lah.”

 

Now he has released one more nugget of information.… Read the full article

Mark Levinson No.5805 integrated amplifier

By | June 20th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Mark Levinson isn’t known as a budget brand, and most people would not consider $8500 a budget price for anything short of a new car. One could argue, though, that Levinson’s new No.5805 integrated amplifier ($8500 with DAC and phono stage) is a budget component—combining high performance and build quality with a price tag that’s moderate by hi-fi standards. Plus, there’s a lot of functionality in one box.

Say you want to build a very good audio system in the fewest possible steps and boxes.… Read the full article

Schiit’s Nexus-Equipped Ragnarok Integrated Amplifier Hits The Streets

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Schiit Ragnarok 2

While the promise of an update to Schiit Audio’s integrated amplifier + headamp may have been teased for a bit longer than expected, the new shiny thing from the CA-based manufacturer is finally ready for sale.

What is Nexus you might ask? A quick look down the feature set for the 60W RMS (into 8 ohm) amplifier lists the technology as a “unique differential current-feedback topology that handles both single-ended and balanced inputs and outputs without conversion.” Amongst other things, the amplifier also boasts a modular structure that can integrated both a phono or multi-bit digital stage, a 128-step relay switch volume pot and for the first time ever, a remote control.… Read the full article

Wilson TuneTot speakers, Luxman L-509X integrated amplifier, MSB Discrete DAC, Innuos Zen mini music server, Bergmann Magne turntable, Ortofon A95 cartridge, D’Agostino Momentum phono preamplifier, and Kubala-Sosna Elation cabling

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|













Wilson TuneTot speakers, Luxman L-509X integrated amplifier, MSB Discrete DAC, Innuos Zen mini music server, Bergmann Magne turntable, Ortofon A95 cartridge, D’Agostino Momentum phono preamplifier, and Kubala-Sosna Elation cabling | Stereophile.com


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MartinLogan Masterpiece ESL13A speakers and Dynamo 800X subwoofer, Hegel H-590 integrated amplifier, Wolf Audio Streamer/Server, Audience and AudioQuest cabling and conditioning, and Quadraspire Stand Bamboo

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

Who would have expected to hear a theorbo reproduced in 24/192 at an audio demo? It was followed by Eva Cassidy’s “Songbird” in Redbook. Both of those tracks sound very fine in this room from Sunny Components, and with a DSD file of the classic “The Girl from Ipanema,” this system revealed an impressively large amount of close-miked detail. Doing the honors: MartinLogan Masterpiece ESL13A speakers ($14,995/pair) and Dynamo 800X subwoofer ($799), Hegel H-590 integrated amplifier ($11,000), Wolf Audio Streamer/Server ($7600), Audience and AudioQuest cabling and conditioning, and Quadraspire Stand Bamboo ($1600).

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The New Apartment Lounge: Solid-State Joy with Parasound's New HINT 6 Halo Integrated Amplifier

By | June 11th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Don’t Mess with Success  

Armed with a seemingly boundless reservoir of engineering creativity, a healthy dose of professional humility, and keen market instincts, the stealth-like stalwarts at San Francisco-based Parasound continue to re-calibrate accepted price-vs-performance expectations in the high end. The firm has survived (and thrived) not by touting revolutionary design advances to its broad lineup of amps and preamps (few of which ever pan out in the high-end, by the way), but by conservatively delivering incremental improvements to established product platforms, and then, only when said improvements provide genuinely better sound and/or ergonomic performance.      … Read the full article

EleKit TU-8600R integrated amplifier, Sparkler Audio S503 Spiral CD Player/Transport, AER Excenter Loudspeakers

By | June 10th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

You’re going to need to indulge me a bit, because, due to some communication difficulties, I’m not totally confident of some prices and components in this room. If I understood correctly, the handmade-in-Japan, 1-bit Sparkler Audio S503 CD Player/Transport costs $1650, and the build-it-yourself EleKit TU-8600R integrated amplifier, also from Japan, goes for $1785. The loudspeaker system appears to be custom, from AER, including that company’s BD2 driver (€3000 each, according to the AER website) in an acrylic stand that looks like AER’s Custom (€5500/pair) but with the addition of the larger (1280mm) excenterhorn acrylic horn (€6120 each) and a subway subwoofer (€3000).… Read the full article

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The Neoteric Listener – The Gold Note IS-1000 Integrated Amplifier and Streamer

By | June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , |

Audio is all about good times. At least, it should be. Yes, I’m like everyone else in this silly hobby, poring over the mysteries of phono cable capacitance or trying to squeeze gear the size of a Mennonite hope chest into a room too small for much hope to fit. Still, at the risk of losing my Audiophile Animal ranking, I know that almost all of us yearn for a simple solution to listen to music as it should be heard.… Read the full article

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Primare Prisma I15 Integrated Amplifier/Dac Review

By | May 29th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value

PRICE $1,999


AT A GLANCE

Plus

Unimpeachable sound quality
Impressive power and dynamic ability
Chromecast built-in, AirPlay, and Spotify Connect support

Minus

No phono input or headphone output
No native streaming (requires smartphone, tablet or similar)


THE VERDICT

Flexible streaming options enhance the appeal of this sleek-looking integrated amplifier/DAC with serious audiophile pedigree and performance.


Primare is a small audio component manufacturer in Sweden founded by an industrial designer from Denmark. The Malmö-based firm’s quirky high-end electronics have found favor among in-the-know audiophiles for nearly thirty years.

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