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Schiit introduce Ragnarok the Second

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Let’s cut the Schiit. The Californian company’s second-generation Ragnarok is a 60wpc Class A/B integrated amplifier with a dedicated headphone amplifier on board. Or it’s a powerful 24 Watt balanced – or 6 Watt single-ended, not for IEMs – headphone amplifier armed also with loudspeaker outputs.

The new version ups the ante on its predecessor in numerous ways. Here are five highlights:

1) an all-new modular design for MM phono and multi-bit DAC boards.

2) an IR wand that handles volume control and input selection.… Read the full article

The New Apartment Lounge: Solid-State Joy with Parasound's New HINT 6 Halo Integrated Amplifier

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

Don’t Mess with Success  

Armed with a seemingly boundless reservoir of engineering creativity, a healthy dose of professional humility, and keen market instincts, the stealth-like stalwarts at San Francisco-based Parasound continue to re-calibrate accepted price-vs-performance expectations in the high end. The firm has survived (and thrived) not by touting revolutionary design advances to its broad lineup of amps and preamps (few of which ever pan out in the high-end, by the way), but by conservatively delivering incremental improvements to established product platforms, and then, only when said improvements provide genuinely better sound and/or ergonomic performance.      … Read the full article

The Neoteric Listener – The Gold Note IS-1000 Integrated Amplifier and Streamer

By | June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , |

Audio is all about good times. At least, it should be. Yes, I’m like everyone else in this silly hobby, poring over the mysteries of phono cable capacitance or trying to squeeze gear the size of a Mennonite hope chest into a room too small for much hope to fit. Still, at the risk of losing my Audiophile Animal ranking, I know that almost all of us yearn for a simple solution to listen to music as it should be heard.… Read the full article

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Toes in My Head, er Sand – MrSpeakers' Aeon Flow Headphones, Schiit Gungnir Multibit DAC, and Ampsandsound Kenzie Amplifier

By | May 30th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , |

This note reflects, essentially, my first toe in the water of a higher end headphone setup, at least as a reviewer. I’ve heard high end speaker systems for decades. My first “high end” headphone setup was sometime in the late 1970s, an unknown model of magical Stax “earspeakers.” At the time I thought them better than any regular speakers I’d heard. Since then, I’ve heard numerous excellent two channel setups, but I have made little or no effort to familiarize myself with headphones.… Read the full article

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Bricasti Design M25 Power Amplifier

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

Bricasti Design M25 Stereo Power Amplifier

This is the real deal. Or at least that was the knee-jerk emotion that flooded in during the first few notes from the Bricasti Design M25 power amplifier (M25) as it first drove my loudspeakers. Sure; the M25 had drive, poise, a neutral tonality, and an impeccably tidy soundstage. But most well designed high-power amplifiers do, so what was this initial whip-snap about? While there is no absolute perfection in the world of audio, that is a question worth digging into, since the M25 has settled itself right at the crossroads of real high-performance, and life-like (not simply “live”) presentation of the music.… Read the full article

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Schiit drops Saga S, Saga +, Freya S, Freya +

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

The Saga S, Saga+, Freya S and Freya + are four new pre-amplifiers from the Schiit Audio who, after ten years of delivering high-performance two-channel and headphone hardware without the crazy price tag, still see little in the way of price/performance competition.

Each of these pre-amplifier models: a) forks the topology of the original Saga and Freya models into solid-state and tubed versions, b) updates the remote control wand to a sleeker design and c) will still sell for less than a grand.… Read the full article

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A Schiit Thunderdome, 4 New Preamps – Saga S, Saga +, Freya S, Freya +

By | May 28th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

Schiit Freya +

The latest update from California’s Schiit Audio comes in the form of four new pre amps, all simultaneously released in a Max Mad-style brawl to the death. The new Freya and Saga preamplifiers could very well be a limited edition release… or they could continue on to live a long life in the product cycle, only time (and likely sales figures) will tell.

The two tiers are primarily separated by balanced capabilities and then further defined by the use of tube or solid state, “S” for latter and “+” for the former.… Read the full article

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McIntosh Goes Modular – The C49 Preamplifier

By | May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

McIntosh C49

It can be proposed that any of the McIntosh general fare has a lot going on. It is usually true. But their newest preamplifier called the C49 really has the specs on paper to back it up, starting with a massive amount of ins and outs to tickle the fancy of just about any audio lover.

Before we get to the laundry list of I/O ports, it also pertinent to identify that this new pre also possesses several digital capabilities – all thanks to a new modular approach.… Read the full article

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Dan’s New Little Toy, The D’Agostino Progression Integrated

By | May 18th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Dan D'Agostino Progression Integrated Amplifier

Big watt amp-maker Dan D’Agostino is still dropping new products like greased beer bottle at last call. The latest creation expands on the integrated arena, allowing for a respectable 200W into 8 ohms. The new “big boy toy” helps round out the company’s Progression line which currently offers a mono, stereo and pre amp.

The Progression Integrated uses a bluetooth connected remote control to remove the need for line-of-sight and greatly extend reach to the unit. Like some others in the high-end integrated front, the new amplifier is modular in nature and allows for a separate moving coil phono preamp and digital connectivity.… Read the full article

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The uncompromising Sistema M2 amplifier

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

Sistema’s M2 is a dual-mono loudspeaker amplifier offering 85W per channel into 8Ω. Yours for €5000 plus taxes with optional 15-day money-back trial period. Sounds straightforward, doesn’t it? Not quite.

On inputs, there’s no analogue, just a single USB socket to play catch on PCM up to 384kHz and DSD64. No volume control or remote control either. Both are handed off to the connected PC/Mac’s software player. Think of the M2 as a digital-direct power amplifier.

Users must also provide their own 12-24V power supply to bring the M2 to life and there’s no on/off button on the unit itself.… Read the full article

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