December 2018
M T W T F S S
« Nov    
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31  
>> Breadcrumb :/Search: power amplifier

Need a new search?

If you didn't find what you were looking for, try a new search!

2019 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide: Power Amplifiers $5,000 – $20,000

By | December 7th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

2019 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide: Power Amplifiers $5,000 - $20,000

McIntosh Labs MC275 VI $5500 The sixth version of this most classic of all McIntosh amplifiers is by far the best, boasting greater tonal neutrality yet without losing the beautifully solid, rounded, dimensional, and natural musicality of its tube origins. Thanks to improvements in the transformers, distortion and noise are far lower than ever, bandwidth higher, dynamic range wider, transparency greater, and transient response better than ever. At 75Wpc (though 90 is typical), the 275 has virtually all the power PS needs, but for those who want more, it’s strappable to 150W.… Read the full article

Boulder 1110 Preamplifier and 1160 Power Amplifier

By | November 28th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Boulder 1110 Preamplifier and 1160 Power Amplifier

There are a number of top high-end electronics manufacturers that you can trust to put out an excellent new preamplifier and amplifier even before you audition them. If you have listened to such manufacturers’ products over time, you also find that real improvements in the new series are always there but generally subtle. You also detect that the company’s equipment tends to be consistently “voiced” in ways that prioritize a given mix of sound qualities. The best manufacturers keep this voicing as limited as possible, but it is always there.… Read the full article

Comments Off on Boulder 1110 Preamplifier and 1160 Power Amplifier

Audio Research VT80SE Power Amplifier

By | November 19th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Audio Research VT80SE Power Amplifier

Audio Research Corporation, the company that almost single-handedly created high-end audio electronics, not to mention preserved the vacuum tube as an amplification device, recently revised its basic line. As it has become the foundation for ARC’s more expensive gear, it is appropriately named the Foundation Series and comprises the LS28 linestage (a 2017 Golden Ear Award recipient), DAC9 DAC, PH9 phono preamp, and VT80SE power amplifier. Each of the first three pieces of Foundation Series equipment is priced at $7500; the much larger and heavier VT80SE is $8900.… Read the full article

Comments Off on Audio Research VT80SE Power Amplifier

Counterpoint SA-4 monoblock power amplifier

By | November 15th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

Some audio products deliver truly superb sound of a kind that really makes all the frustrations of building a high-end system worthwhile; they also require exceptional attention and care. The Counterpoint SA-4 is a case in point. With the right speakers, it competes for the title of “Most Transparent Amplifier Available at Any Price.” On the other hand, this amplifier steadily loses output power as speaker impedance drops; it must be carefully matched to the right speaker. Then, and only then, can it produce one of the finest musical experiences available.… Read the full article

Comments Off on Counterpoint SA-4 monoblock power amplifier

Nestorovic Alpha-1 power amplifier

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

The great debate that has long separated audiophiles is tubes vs solid-state. Other topics, CD for example, may temporarily steal the spotlight, but year-in and year-out no other subject is the cause of as much controversy as whether tubed or solid-state circuitry produces the more accurate sound. As is typical with long-standing feuds, the split runs deep, and tempers often flare.

Even if you are among the majority of audiophiles who keep open minds in this matter, making a decision between tube and solid-state electronics is one of the most difficult choices you can face.… Read the full article

Comments Off on Nestorovic Alpha-1 power amplifier

Review: Finale Audio F-7591 Power Amplifier

By | November 11th, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Review: Finale Audio’s F-7591 Power Amplifier

by Steve Graham

I didn’t get to spend as much time with this amplifier as I’d have liked to.  I simultaneously had in-house the Spendor D7’s, the Shindo Aurièges and the Finale F-7591 you see here.  I was so entranced by the first two, that the poor Finale was somewhat neglected.  I know, me of all people, neglecting a tube amp!  In my defence, the kind person loaning this gear wanted a fairly quick turnaround of 2 weeks, 3 max. … Read the full article

Comments Off on Review: Finale Audio F-7591 Power Amplifier

Luxman M-05 power amplifier

By | November 8th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

Japanese audiophiles venerate American high-end audio components, paying huge sums for vintage Marantz tube amplifiers, racks of Levinson ML-2s, and early Audio Research tube preamplifiers. The balance of trade, at the high end anyway, hasn’t been reciprocated: Japanese high-end amplifiers and preamplifiers have not received as positive a reception in the US. Perhaps it was a matter of styling, but the sonics of the Sony Esprit line and the class-A Stax amplifiers did not receive the following they might have, had the products been American.… Read the full article

Comments Off on Luxman M-05 power amplifier

McIntosh MC312 Power Amplifier Hits the Streets

By | November 7th, 2018|Categories: Audiostream|

The steady drumbeat of progress out of Binghamton, New York continues as McIntosh Labs trickles down the technical improvements from their top-of-the-line mono and stereo power amplifiers to their midrange offerings with the new $7,000 USD MC312 Power Amplifier, shipping now.

Comments Off on McIntosh MC312 Power Amplifier Hits the Streets

Anthem STR Preamp and Power Amplifier Review

By | November 7th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Anthem STR Silver StackAnthem STR Series Introduction

In today’s day and age, with the focus on convenience often overruling quality, it’s rare to find products that emphasize fidelity first above all else.  Anthem is a company whose origins started in two-channel and thus they created the STR series of products to remind audiophiles of that. The STR line of products comes in an STR integrated amplifier ($4,499), preamp ($3,999) and power amp ($5,999). Wanting to better understand Anthem’s best foot forward approach to two-channel audio, I requested their STR preamp and power amp separates stack to take a deeper look.… Read the full article

Comments Off on Anthem STR Preamp and Power Amplifier Review

Doshi Audio Monoblock V3.0 power amplifier

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

Doshi Audio first crossed my radar at the 2010 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, where I wrote that the sound of the company’s tubed monoblocks and preamp, connected to Wilson Audio Sasha loudspeakers via Transparent XL cables, “excelled in midrange strength as the system threw an exciting soundstage.” After auditions of Doshi-Wilson pairings at many subsequent shows had convinced me that Doshi’s products could truly sing, I contacted company owner and product designer Nishith “Nick” Doshi to inquire about reviewing one of his amps.… Read the full article

Comments Off on Doshi Audio Monoblock V3.0 power amplifier