8.5ScoreStarting at $399BursonDisclaimer: The Burson Playmate sent to us is a sample unit in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at Burson for giving us this opportunity. You can find out more about Burson products reviewed on Headfonics here. A few weeks ago, Burson sent me an interesting DAC and AMP combo called the […]
by Paul Elliott
I have known about Raven Audio and their tube amps for a number of years when I met Dave Thompson and friends at an earlier Capital Audiofest. I was really impressed with the sound and look of his amps finding it hard to believe they were made in America and at the price point that was quite affordable.
I have watched the product line grow each year and surprised each year with all the new models.… Read the full article
Something new from Rogers High Fidelity — a bit of old-world/new world. On the one hand, you have a completely hand-wired amp with a massive toroidal power supply — the PSU on this guy is 30lbs, all by itself. And on the other hand, there’s an app. And yes, you can change the volume, change the “mode” (ultralinear vs. triode), or monitor the completely automatic tube biasing, all courtesy of that app.
Vincent Brient of totaldac has a new product to introduce at the Munich show in May — and it’s not a DAC. This time around, it’s an amplifier, the AMP-1. No word on pricing, specs, or availability. That is, there is next-to-nothing on this, only the following images, and an injunction to show them in order.
More as details become available.
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This week we are seeing the fruit of the Sonos / Sonance partnership as they announce the availability of the Sonos Architectural speakers. Not surprisingly, these new speakers have been optimized for the Sonos AMP.
The Sonos Architectural by Sonance speaker lineup will be made up of the following models:
- Sonos In-Wall by Sonance ($599/pair USD)
- Sonos In-Ceiling by Sonance ($599/pair USD)
- Sonos Outdoor by Sonance ($799/pair USD)
The Sonos In-Wall and In-Ceiling speakers are available for pre-order starting now on Sonos.com.… Read the full article
NAD has a history of producing some of the worlds most well regarded amplifiers. Most famously their 3020 integrated, which upended the industry by offering a do-all component that provided more muscle and audiophile finesse per dollar (or pound). Over a twenty year span, the NAD 3020 became the most successful amplifier in history. Lessons learned, NAD has done little to steer away from the formula of success, and done well over the years to build on that recipe. More recent to the trophy mantel, the NAD 316BEE V2 which I reviewed over at our sister publication Part-Time Audiophile.… Read the full article
Tonality Fun8.7Tonality Bang8.6Build Quality9Functionality9Matchability8.6 8.8Score$299 – $599BursonDisclaimer: The Burson Fun & Play sent to us are samples units in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at Burson for giving us this opportunity. Burson are not site advertisers on Headfonics You can find out more about Burson products reviewed on Headfonics here. Earlier […]
Dan D’Agostino’s new reference Relentless Monoblock amplifier (website) weighs in at a record 570 pounds, can dance beautifully at 1 watt and will party all the way 6000 watts into 2 ohms when driven by a 220v electrical circuit. Although it takes 4 strong dudes to drop it in place, once warmed up and you’re past the dent in the checking account, I don’t think you’ll ever want to move it once you power it up. Two years in the making, Dan D’Agostino describes the development as a “relentless pursuit to make it work”, and such where the name comes from.… Read the full article
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
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