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McIntosh C53 Preamplifier Announced: New DA2 Digital Module

By | July 12th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

TIDAL and Qobuz music streamers take note, a next generation Quad-Balanced eight-channel, 32-bit/384kHz DAC is at the heart of McIntosh’s new upgradeable DA2 digital-audio module in their just-announced $8,000 USD C53 preamplifier.

Cary Audio VT-500 Phono Preamplifier – A World Premier 

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

Cary Audio VT-500 Phono Preamplifier

The new Cary Audio VT-500 Phono Preamplifier, based on the venerable 6SL7 tube and the most expensive phono preamp Cary has ever manufactured here in America, takes its place as the most successful phono stage from this 30-year-old company. Cary Audio now sells direct to the consumer. Musical and melodious to the max, moving coil cartridges are treated to powerful amplification with ultra-low noise and unhearable distortion. My more expensive references are no more flexible or quiet than Cary Audio VT-500.… Read the full article

McIntosh Announces C53 Preamplifier

By | July 10th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

The first product to feature McIntosh’s new advanced DA2 Digital Audio Module

Binghamton, NY – July 10, 2019 McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for 70 years, is proud to announce the C53 Preamplifier.

The C53 Preamplifier is ready to serve in a home audio system for many years – even decades – all while delivering unmatched audio quality. Following the digital audio precedent set in McIntosh’s current line of solid state integrated amplifiers, the C53 stereo preamplifier features an upgradeable digital audio module.… Read the full article

Merrill Audio releases PURE Tape Head Preamplifier for Reel to Reel Tape Decks

By | July 7th, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: |

Merrill Audio is releasing a tape head preamplifier for reel to reel tape decks, dubbed PURE.

On July 13, 2019, Xtreme Fidelity in River Vale, NJ will host a demonstration of the Merrill Audio PURE on an Ampex ATR tape deck that is fully restored by ATR Services. There will be a comparison of the PURE against the Ampex native cards. Request information for limited invitations at XtremeFidelity.net.

According to the press release, “[the] Merrill Audio PURE Tape Head Preamp provides a superior Tape Head Preamp that brings out the full dynamics of Reel to Reel Tape, with the details and immediacy of the live recording.”

“Merrill Audio Pure Tape Head Preamp is the 1st of series of 3 Tape head Preamps.

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PURE Tape Head Preamplifier for Reel to Reel Tape Decks from Merrill Audio

By | July 7th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

BERNARDSVILLE, New Jersey, USA – Finally there is a good alternative for the purist of Reel to Reel Tape playback. Merrill Audio PURE Tape Head Preamp provides a superior Tape Head Preamp that brings out the full dynamics of Reel to Reel Tape, with the details and immediacy of the live recording. Merrill Audio is very excited to present the PURE Tape Head Preamp for the highest fidelity from Reel to Reel Tape Decks.

On the 13th of July, 2019, Xtreme Fidelity in River Vale, New Jersey, USA will host a private event to show off the Merrill Audio PURE Tape Head Preamp, using the Ampex ATR 102 fully restored by ATR Services. … Read the full article

German Physiks Emperor Preamplifier

By | July 7th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

 At 66 pounds, it took two of us to carefully hoist the new German Physiks Emperor Preamplifier onto my rack. This is the heaviest preamp I’ve had since the mbl 6010D a decade ago. That was so huge I needed to get height extenders for my TAOC rack. The Emperor is not that big, just slightly bigger than my CH Precision L1 Preamp (which is already larger than the average). At 18½” W x 6⅓” H x 18½” D, the Emperor just fit on the shelf.… Read the full article

Schiit Freya + Preamplifier

By | July 1st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

With a legion of followers, Schiit have been in the audio game for a while and have organically grown from simple and humble beginnings. Headed by Jason Stoddard and Mike Moffatt, the company have held a strong value for money philosophy and have constantly released affordable yet high quality gear earning them many accolades amongst audiophile circles. 

Latest to be released are a selection of preamps including: Saga S, Saga +, Freya S & Freya + which have been touted as improved iterations of previous products.… Read the full article

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Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature Preamplifier (Part 3—The DAC Module)

By | June 28th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Before reading this post, please check back to the full review of the Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature Preamplifier. It’ll give you a better understanding of this DAC module review. It may be fun to read the Phono Stage module review, too. It’s the other plugin available for this fully functional and brilliant preamplifier.

The Phono and DAC modules’ MSRP is $3495 each. They are both plug and play. Unscrew the four screws, remove the plate, install the module. Click, rescrew, done.… Read the full article

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PrimaLuna EVO 400 preamplifier

By | June 27th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

I am an artist-painter and an audiophile. When I listen to recorded music, I sit in the sweet spot and stare at the empty space between the speakers. And while I listen, I survey and critique the soundfield, as if it were an unfinished landscape painting in my studio.

As I observe the soundstage and the apparitions of musicians within, I notice the dimensions of the recording venue (and/or microphone placement), as well as the physical energy of the entire vibrating illusion.… Read the full article

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Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature Preamplifier (Part 2—The L2 Phonostage Module)

By | June 14th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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It would be instructive before reading my thoughts about the L2 phono stage module to read the full line stage review of the Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature Preamplifier.

Skinny audio seems to be all the rage these days. Fewer boxes, smaller boxes, fewer cables and a much lighter lifestyle footprint. While this trend can look the part and put a few more dollars in your pocket, the sound trade offs can be quite powerful. It’s why flying cars never took off, pardon the pun.… Read the full article

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