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Merrill Audio Christine, Merrill Audio Element 118 | Review

By | August 23rd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

In this review, Rick takes a good look at the Merrill Audio Christine preamplifier and the Merrill Audio Element 118 monoblock amplifiers.

Back of the Class?

Ever since their introduction in 1958, Class D amplifiers have been loved by many for their efficiency versus traditional Class A, AB or B circuitries. Theoretically, Class D circuits are capable of achieving 90-98% efficiency, whereas Class B operates at approximately 75% and Class A at 20-50%. This difference gives Class D significant advantages as these amps generate less heat, and require much less space.… Read the full article

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AGD Productions, Ocean Way Audio, Audiophile Zone | T.H.E. SHOW 2019

By | June 15th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

AGD Productions Ocean Way The Show 2019

LOS ANGELES (PTA) — In operation since 1995, Audiophile Zone is a high-end audio store that serves California’s central coast. Originally started as a retail site, Audiophile Zone became the repair center for many of high-end audio’s most popular brands. Here at THE SHOW 2019, in partnership with AGD Productions and Ocean Way Audio, they brought forward a showstopping system that broadened the horizons of both technology and sound.

AGD Productions Ocean Way The Show 2019

Two California based companies, one being AGD Productions was demonstrating two of their most current amplifiers, the AGD Vivace GaNTube™ Monoblock amplifiers and the all-new AGD Audion GaNTube™ Monoblock amplifiers, the other being Allen Sides’ Ocean Way Audio with their Monterey tower loudspeakers and Eureka stand-mount monitors.… Read the full article

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Merrill Audio introduces 114, new Gallium Nitride amp

By | May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Merrill Audio (website) is bringing the costs down. Way down. I love it when that happens. In this case, we have an (r-)evolutionary advance on Class-D amplifiers, the tech that audiophiles love to hate. Despite the reviews. Despite the evidence of their ears and peers. Doesn’t matter — at least, it hasn’t mattered — because EVERYBODY KNOWS that Class D is [fill in the blank with whatever is bad].

Fine, yes, I’m a tube guy. It’s part of my retro-fetish, something I’d be all-too-happy to discuss over an aged bourbon or a cellared wine.… Read the full article

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