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The Pass Labs XA25 Class A Stereo Amplifier – “The Little Engine That Could”

By | October 29th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

I was quite excited when I received notice from Positive Feedback Editor Doc David that there was a Pass Labs XA25 Class A stereo amplifier available for me to write about for Positive Feedback (photo below).

I had been mightily impressed with the 18 watt per channel (into 8 Ohms) First Watt SIT-3 single-ended amplifier (photo below) that I had wrote about last summer (HERE), so I was really curious to hear what the somewhat more powerful Class A XA25 at 25 watts per channel (into 8 Ohms) would perform like in comparison.… Read the full article

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Future-Fi from Cabasse, Linn & Cyrus Audio

By | October 28th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Future-Fi? That’s high-end audio for those who care not for the journey of system compilation and its (potentially) endless revision but would rather an all-in-one, set-and-forget hardware purchase. How do manufacturers talk to this kind of consumer?

If you’re France’s Cabasse, you take a leaf out of the Devialet Phantom Reactor book to shrink your Pearl streaming loudspeaker to a stereo-pairable 22cm diameter sphere and offer optional dedicated stands, wall mounts and carry cases. The Pearl Akoya (€2990/pair) pulls in digital audio through Wifi, Ethernet and TOSLINK – and analogue sources via a 3.5mm socket – to output via internal 32bit/768kHz DAC and amplification tailored precisely to the coaxially aligned tweeter, midrange driver and 17cm long-throw subwoofer.… Read the full article

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XI Audio Broadway – First Contact

By | October 26th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

The Xi Audio Broadway is a transportable balanced/single-ended Class A headphone amplifier with both AC and battery power supply. It is priced at $2,299. Disclaimer: The Xi Audio Broadway sent to us for the purposes of this review is a sample and does not have to be returned. Thank you to Xi Audio for giving […]

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Monoprice Monolith Liquid Platinum – First Contact

By | October 25th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

The Monprice Monolith Liquid Platinum Headphone Amplifier by Alex Cavalli is a balanced version of the highly regarded Cavalli Audio Liquid Crimson amplifier. It is priced at $799.99 Disclaimer: The Monprice Monolith Liquid Platinum sent to us for this review is a paid-for sample. We thank the team at Monoprice for giving us this opportunity. To […]

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The Power of Tubes: Manley Neo-Classic 250W Monoblocks

By | October 24th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

For those who have been around audio for a while, Manley Labs has been an industry stalwart for a long time. Headed by EveAnna Manley they produce products for both the home and professional markets. I stumbled upon the company once again when I heard of a new headphone amplifier that they had recently developed (more on this in an upcoming review) and decided to revisit an old friend in the audio game. Searching on the current website led me to these monoblock amps that have been in the Manley Labs catalog for a number of years.… Read the full article

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Paradox Pulse Amplifiers

By | October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Paradox Pulse Amplifiers

“If you want the finest amplifiers money can buy here is your chance. The Paradox Pulse mono amplifier uses only the finest of parts throughout including MUNDORF MLytic power supply capacitors, 12 gauge copper foil chokes (DC PI filtering), paralleled transformers, quad stacked Schottky diode bridge, finest transistors available 4302 and 4281, A/C PI filtering, buffered output to run sub woofer amps, completely hand built, Cardas binding posts, Vampire gold over copper RCAs, Paradox wire.

“ALL Paradox Pulse electronics come with a money back Guaranty less shipping costs both ways.”

My words?… Read the full article

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KRONOS Audio SSCPS Takes You Higher

By | October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

KRONOS Audio SSCPS

Just looking at the SSCPS, you can tell Louis Desjardins knows a thing or two about materials design. But don’t get him started—unless you’ve got a sizable chunk of time. We’ll rev him up a bit later. First, let’s give the floor to the Sparta Super Capacitor Power Supply and let it speak for itself.

From the beginning, Kronos Audio products have been notable for eschewing non-functional aesthetics and any form of gaudy frou-frou encrusting. Everything serves the sonics, whether it be layering of multi-materials, using variable thickness of materials throughout the construction, or internal damping plates on its transformers.… Read the full article

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Bakoon International AMP -13R

By | October 19th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Bakoon International AMP -13R

They say a lot of things about small packages. “Good things come in small packages.” There is a certain wisdom in that statement. Of course it rarely has an applicability to Heavy Weight Boxing! The professional athlete that goes 6’8″ and plays, basketball, football, soccer, or whatever rarely feels that they would be better off being 5’4.” There are plenty of situations where bigger is better but in HiFi, where there is a need and a proclivity of “bigger,” the occasion where something special shows up and is dwarfed by the average sized component requires close examination.… Read the full article

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Arcam’s Solo Uno is a compact streaming amplifier

By | October 15th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Teased at CEDIA 2019 and now appearing on Arcam’s website is the British company’s all-new Solo Uno: a Class D streaming amplifier that’s roughly the size of a hardback book. A surprisingly stylish aluminium chassis puts Ethernet and WiFi inputs on the back panel, next to a pair of loudspeaker binding posts.

Adding to the ease of use are in-built streaming options for Google Chromecast, Apple AirPlay 2 and UPnP via the Solo Uno smartphone app. Savvy Roon users will also spy this as a compact streaming endpoint to which we just add loudspeakers and an (optional) subwoofer.… Read the full article

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Monoprice Monolith™ THX Amplifier & DAC Review

By | October 13th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Monoprice Monolith™ THX Amplifier is a mid-fi priced THX certified DAC/Amp combo featuring dual AK4493 and up to 2W of power. It is priced at $499.99 Disclaimer: The Monprice Monolith™ Liquid Spark sent to us for this review is a paid-for sample. We thank the team at Monoprice for giving us this opportunity. To read more […]

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