D’Agostino used HIGH END 2019 to release a new integrated amplifier, the Progression, which is rated with a power output of 200-watts per channel into 8Ω loads and 400-watts per channel into 4Ω. (Click on image for larger version).
Physically, the D’Agostino Progression integrated is quite small, but this is because it uses a unique type of toroidal transformer, similar to that used in the D’Agostino Momentum M400, which uses a winding technology that enables higher power (it was developed for and first used in the Momentum M400 amplifier). The power supply has an integrated filter that removes r.f. noise from the a.c. power line and compensation circuitry to accommodate asymmetric a.c. mains power waveforms.
In common with most D’Agostino amplifiers, the Progression has analogue meters on the front panel that function as signal level meters during music playback, but as volume setting indicators when the volume knob is moved. The meters also function as balance, phase, and mute indicators.
‘This new Progression integrated amplifier from D’Agostino combines the elegance and detail retrieval of the Progression preamplifier with the power and dynamic capability of the Progression amplifier topology housed in a chassis the exudes the D'Agostino aesthetic,’ said Nigel Ng, of Advance Audio, which distributes D’Agostino in Australia. ‘It’s built on a modular platform that includes a moving-coil phono module and a digital module, so it will easily meet the needs of today's music listeners and audiophiles but can just as easily be easily upgraded to meet their future needs.’
The optional digital module adds two SPDIF coaxial, two optical, USB-A, USB-B, and RJ-45 inputs. Roon music management with Tidal, Qobuz, and MQA digital technologies are all available. A fully differential DAC handles PCM signals up to 24-bit/192kHz and DSD signals up to 4×DSD (11.2MHz).
D’Agostino has also built its Bluetooth remote control connectivity (first developed for the Momentum HD preamplifier) into this new Progression integrated. This enables operation from five times the distance of a conventional infra-red remote, and means you don’t even have to be in the same room to operate the amplifier.
Representatives on D’Agostino’s stand at HIGH END 2019 estimated that they will ‘begin shipping in August, 2019, but you should check with your local distributor for exact dates and prices’.