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McIntosh Announces A 70th Anniversary LE Commemorative System

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , |

McIntosh 70th Anniversary

Just in time for the holidays, McIntosh is releasing a 70th anniversary collectors edition of the MC2152 amplifier and C70 Pre. 70 years is a long time to keep on truckin’ in this business, and fans of the brand will no doubt be excited. All units offer special badging and unique external design. Matching pairs can be purchased as a system with collaborative serial numbers and include a commemorative book of Mcintosh history.

70 pairs of the commemorative system will be produced, and McIntosh is donating $1k to a charity for each system sold.… Read the full article

Review: Schiit Vidar

By | December 4th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Schiit Vidar

Schiit Audio Vidar Power Amplifier Review

Schiit Audio pretty much always pushed the idea of separates fairly hard into their product lines. While smaller, budget aspirations like the $99 Fulla headphone amp/dac have always been around, much more online buzz (and most likely sales) have revolved around the buzz-worthy Schiit-stack of $99 separates, standalone ladder dacs and tube-based gear the Southern California company manufactures.

So it only made sense that designer Jason Stoddard would eventually end up back within the thralls of the loudspeaker world after a stint with amplifier company Sumo some years ago.… Read the full article

Review: Burson Fun – overwhelming the senses

By | November 29th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , |

In this article we look a the Burson Fun from Burson Audio.

Disclaimer: Burson directly sent Play, Bang, and Fun for the purposes of this review. I paid nothing for any single unit, and the upgraded op-amps came along with them. Fun is a powerful dual-mono Class-A amp that will blow your socks off for 299$ USD. You can find out all about it here: Burson Fun Headphone amp / pre-amp.

Burson’s staples: cost-effective mid to high end amps, active cables, their beautiful Timekeeper power amp series, DIY-inspired component sets, and of course their peck of discrete and proprietary high-end op-amp sets, some of which Headfonia have had the good fortune to test, are well known.… Read the full article

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Peachtree Audio Nova300 Review | The Millennial Audiophile

By | November 24th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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Another amplifier is aiming right at the balls of the established order of high-end consumer electronics. Out of the gate that last statement might seem a little crass, but by the end of this I hope to (at least partly) justify it. Peachtree Audio (website) has been looking to exploit the high-end audio market’s major weaknesses for over a decade. Many of the long heralded brands we have come to know and love have been slow to adapt to the changing marketplace, either out of fear of losing their diehard fan base, or just for lack of understanding how the markets are changing.… Read the full article

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Burson Bang Basic – Stereo Speaker Amplifier – Review

By | November 17th, 2018|Categories: Amplifier - Headmania|Tags: , |

If you read some of my early stories on how I got into this hobby, you may already know that Burson was an important brick in the foundation of my journey. 

My first headphone amplifier was Corda Cantate 2. When I listened to the Burson HA-160DS, I was kind really impressed, especially since the 160DS also had a better DAC than the very rudimentary one found in Cantate 2. 

At that moment I had a pair of Sennheiser HD650 and in the combination they sounded quite nice.… Read the full article

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Auris Audio Fortissimo Integrated Amplifier Review

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Auris Audio (website) is a somewhat new addition to the rich high-end audio tradition of the central European country of Serbia.

If that strikes you as odd, let me assure you that yes, they’ve got a robust market for high-end audio manufacturing there! There are some wonderful and well-established companies from that part of the world doing some truly amazing things in the High-End corner of our hobby. A couple of the of better-known ones immediately come to mind.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: McIntosh Labs, Sonus Faber and a Gorgeous Sea of Binghamton Blue

By | October 28th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Can I talk about McIntosh Labs without mentioning the beautiful blue meters? Can anyone? Should I even bother?

As I wandered down the corridors at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, those ubiquitous blue meters beckoned me to enter the two Mac rooms and bask in that legendary glow. I can’t resist this timeless gear, mostly because I’ve always had a secret lust in my heart for Mac ever since I first set the loading for my cartridge on a borrowed McIntosh MC2300 preamp via the remote control.… Read the full article

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Schiit Audio Teases An Amplifier Named Aegir – RMAF 2018

By | October 17th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Like other some other audio show appearances, Schiit Audio pulled up residence in both the headphone area and in a two channel room at RMAF this year. The company recently broke party lines and returned to their roots with the release of a full-fledged loudspeaker pres and a mono/stereo power amp separates. Still hot off the R & D bench, the Vidar amps ($699) push 400 watts of Class AB in mono mode, and make a great pairing with the Schiit’s balanced tube pre Freya, also priced at $699.… Read the full article

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McIntosh MC312 Power Amplifier | New Release

By | October 11th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

McIntosh MC312

A new great-big amplifier is coming your way from downstate New York. The new McIntosh MC302 is a moderately priced solid-state stereo amplifier with improved performance and some tweaked aesthetics. Need power? 300 watts is a lot of mojo.

But I still feel like a moth drawn to the flame of those blue meters. Hmmm. ZAP.

Authorized retailers should be able to order them now; customer availability is targeted at “October”, which is now, so I’m guessing “real soon”.

MSRP is $7,000.… Read the full article

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Two New Numbers, The Mark Levinson No. 5805 & 5802 – RMAF 2018

By | October 8th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Harman’s Mark Levinson brand has a new series of integrateds launching and the debut at this year’s Rocky Mountian Audiofest started bright and early Friday morning. Scheduled during the last timeslot of the press-dedicated pre-opening hours, the morning’s Earl Grey had yet to fully take hold.

Drawing on the success of the ML 500 series, the new 5000’s actually take a significant step down the price ladder to $8,500 for the class AB 120 watt (into 8 ohms) 5805 and $7,000 for the 5802.… Read the full article

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