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Dan D’Agostino announces the New Momentum HD Preamplifier

By | March 16th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

This week, D’Agostino announced updates to the Momentum Pre-Amplifier. Some of these changes build on improvements first employed in the Momentum M400 Amplifier.

The updated Momentum HD Pre-Amplifier will include a 33% larger power transformer, a new discrete differential input stage, a new output stage that produces 36% more voltage, more precise control circuitry, and a Bluetooth remote control.

Like past offerings from D’Agostino, current customers can upgrade their existing Momentum Pre-Amplifier to the updated Momentum HD Pre-Amplifier for $7500 USD protecting existing customers and re-sale value.… Read the full article

Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems announces the New Momentum HD Preamplifier

By | March 14th, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , , , , , |

CAVE CREEK, ARIZONA, MARCH 14, 2019— Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems today announced the Momentum HD Preamplifier, a major upgrade  to the Momentum Preamplifier. The Momentum HD Preamplifier builds on the award-winning platform of the Momentum Preamplifier. The new HD status represents the high dynamic and high definition improvements that have been achieved in this substantial upgrade. The new Momentum HD Preamplifier incorporates advancements in the power supply, audio circuitry, and control sections.

Housed in a separate chassis for maximum isolation, the Momentum HD main power transformer is 33% larger as compared to the original Momentum Preamplifier.

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Moon 390 Network Player/Preamplifier Review

By | March 6th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value

PRICE $5,300


AT A GLANCE

Plus

Excellent sound quality
Strong feature set
Good ergonomics and control app

Minus

Pricey


THE VERDICT

Simaudio’s Moon 390 is a high-res stream machine that combines high-end sound with an extensive feature set and solid ergonomics.


Canada’s Simaudio has been designing and manufacturing audio electronic components from its home base in Quebec for almost four decades. While the company’s product lineup clearly skews toward the high end—a pair of its flagship Moon 888 monoblock amplifiers will run you around $120,000—the company also makes a wide range of other components with more approachable price tags.

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Bel Canto Black EX DAC/Control Preamplifier and Black EX Amplifier

By | March 1st, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Bel Canto Black EX DAC/Control Preamplifier and Black EX Amplifier

Reviewers in TAS are supposed to focus on sound quality and not on style and engineering. Fair enough, but if the sound quality is excellent in virtually every respect, then style and engineering should be given their due. The Bel Canto Black EX DAC/control preamplifier and Black EX amplifier both provide outstanding sound. What makes them particularly striking, however, is that they also provide outstanding features and achieve this in exceptionally compact packages with equally exceptional styling. This makes for a welcome change in an era where having the largest box and shiniest front panel often seems to be a …… Read the full article

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Boulder 2018 Phono Preamplifier

By | February 27th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Boulder has released its 2018 phono preamplifier. Its first public showing will be at the upcoming AXPONA 2019.

Part of the US manufacturer’s 2100 Series of components, the Boulder 2108 is a second-generation phono preamp, based on Boulder’s award-winning 2008 phono stage. According to Rich Maez, of Boulder, the new model has better ground paths and planes, revised circuit topology, and a lower non-signal noise floor. ‘Increased use of surface-mount PCB technology, manufactured on Boulder’s own SMD manufacturing machines and ovens has also yielded improvements in noise radiation, propagation delay, parasitic capacitance and the elimination of lead inductance in selected circuits,’ he told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine.… Read the full article

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Boulder Amplifiers 2108 Phono Preamplifier

By | February 26th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

The 2108 is Boulder’s second generation of 2000-level phono preamplifier, following and improving upon the multiple award winning 2008 phono stage.

22 February, 2019: Louisville, Colorado – Boulder Amplifiers is pleased to announce the immediate release and shipment of the 2108 Phono Preamplifier. The 2108 is a part of the 2100 Series and is Boulder’s reference level phono preamplifier.

The 2100 Series is Boulder’s highest-performing product line in continuous production.

The 2108 features several substantial advancements in technology and performance over the previous generation 2000-level phono preamplifier.… Read the full article

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What’s the deal with preamplifiers?

By | February 26th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Beginner talk. In an age of DACs arriving with in-built lossless volume controls, the theory suggests that traditional pre-amplifiers are surplus to digital audio’s requirements. Personal experience over the years – with units from Schiit, PS Audio, Wyred 4 Sound and Vinnie Rossi – says otherwise. Returning a pre-amplifier to the mix adds body and weight to the sound. But why?

Time to tug on the coat of experienced audio electronics designer Vinnie Rossi to learn why the preamplifier’s role in an audio system is more than just signal routing and volume control.… Read the full article

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Boulder Releases, Ships 2108 Phono Preamplifier

By | February 24th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

22 February, 2019: Louisville, Colorado—Boulder Amplifiers announces the immediate release and shipment of its reference level phono preamplifier, the 2108, which is a substantially updated and “re-visited” version of the 2008 that shook up the phono preamplifier market with its versatility, high performance, and high cost.

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Boulder launches 2108 phono preamplifier

By | February 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , , |

22 February, 2019: Louisville, Colorado – Boulder Amplifiers is pleased to announce the immediate release and shipment of the 2108 Phono Preamplifier. The 2108 is a part of the 2100 Series and is Boulder’s reference level phono preamplifier.

The 2100 Series is Boulder’s highest-performing product line in continuous production.

The 2108 features several substantial advancements in technology and performance over the previous generation 2000-level phono preamplifier. Vast improvements have been made in sound quality through the use of better ground paths and planes, revised circuit topology, and lowering of the static noise floor.

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Rogue Audio RP-7 line preamplifier

By | February 21st, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

You know I’m a lucky guy. I maintain two separate audio reviewing systems.

The core component of my beloved, daily-driver desktop system is a Mytek Brooklyn DAC-preamp-headphone amp. Through this system I play high-resolution files and Internet sources (Tidal, Qobuz, Netflix, and YouTube). One of the Brooklyn’s two line-level inputs delivers NPR news and baseball from my Kenwood KT-990D FM/AM tuner. I mostly use this system with headphones, but currently, the Brooklyn’s line-out feeds a pair of Bel Canto Design’s compact e.One REF600M monoblocks driving the shelf-mounted Dynaudio Excite X14 speakers I use to play movies and videos.… Read the full article

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