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Vitus Audio RI-101 Integrated Amplifier Review & Test

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Expert review and test of the Vitus Audio RI-101Krix Esoterix Altum Loudspeakers by Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. Free pdf download included.

Eight years is a long time in the high-end audio business. But that’s how long Vitus Audio had its RI-100 integrated in its amplifier line-up, so you’d have to assume that the company’s founder and head designer Hans Ole Vitus was so happy with it that he didn’t see any need for an update… until now, that is, since he’s replaced it with the RI-101.… Read the full article

CH Precision I1 Universal integrated amplifier

By | January 31st, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

“The sound was to die for,” I wrote shortly before my resurrection. I was taking notes about the sound of CH Precision’s D1 SACD and CD Drive (now $38,000) and C1 D/A Controller (base price $32,000), in the demo room of Michael Woods’s Elite Audio Systems, at the California Audio Show, just three months after the 2015 edition of the Munich High End show. CH Precision’s L1 dual-mono, solid-state preamplifier (now $58,000), M1 dual-mono power amp ($104,000), and X1 external power supply ($17,000) had helped deliver “fantastic sound.”

When I first encountered CH Precision gear, in Gideon Schwartz’s AudioArts room at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, I gushed that their M1 monoblocks (now $104,000) powered “an extremely fast system that delivered maximum color without any of the harsh, irritating edge that I encountered on many systems.” I left “deeply impressed by the upward extension of the tone and the system’s willingness to bathe music with the light it deserves.”1

Less than five years earlier, in 2009, two longtime friends, electronic-design engineer Florian Cossy and software engineer Thierry Heeb, had used the first letters of their surnames to name their new company, CH Precision.… Read the full article

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McIntosh MA252 hybrid integrated amplifier REVIEW

By | January 22nd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

The McIntosh MA252 integrated amplifier is the first hybrid integrated amplifier this world-famous American company has ever built. That’s an important statement given that McIntosh has been building amplifiers for 60 years. So the McIntosh MA252 has been 60 years coming… was it worth the wait?

But first, what is a hybrid integrated amplifier? Basically it’s a component where one of the two amplifying stages uses valves — or ‘tubes’ as our US friends like to call them — to amplify the audio signal, while the other amplifier stage uses transistors.… Read the full article

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Ayre Acoustics EX-8 Integrated Hub integrated amplifier

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

It’s a high-end audio truism: Successful companies are founded by a creative engineer or entrepreneur with a vision. So what happens when the founder is no longer around? While Mark Levinson is an example of a brand that not only survived the exit of its leader but thrived, speaker manufacturer Thiel dwindled after co-founder Jim Thiel died in 2009, and eventually closed up shop. Colorado company Ayre Acoustics was faced with this problem when founder Charley Hansen passed away in November 2017.… Read the full article

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Esoteric F-03A Integrated Amplifier

By | December 20th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Esoteric F-03A Integrated Amplifier

Esoteric’s F-03A integrated amplifier proves the audio truism that not all watts are created equal. With an output power of just 30Wpc, the F-03A isn’t anyone’s idea of a powerhouse. Yet the F-03A’s 30 watts are not only among the sweetest sounding you’ll find; they are also far more potent than those of lesser-quality amplifiers with a similar power rating. The F-03A’s sweetness is provided by its Class A operation, the potency from its robust output stage and power supply. Two amplifiers with the same power rating into 8 ohms “on paper” can have radically different real-world performances.… Read the full article

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Cambridge Audio Edge A integrated amplifier

By | December 20th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

One summer in the mid-2000s I purchased a pair of Cambridge Audio components for my red-headed, tango-dancing Texas girlfriend. She quickly saw through my ruse to install some solid hi-fi in her New Jersey home away from home—but eventually she acquiesced, and soon Michael Martin Murphey (she), the Beatles (me), and Miles Davis (us) filled our weekends with music. Inspired by a Sam Tellig column I read around that time, I paired a Cambridge Azur integrated amplifier and CD player with a pair of Triangle Titus XS minimonitors.… Read the full article

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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

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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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