When pondering just how audio trends have evolved over the years you’ll quickly discover that the one area experiencing the most dramatic evolution is that of the subwoofer.
Many valve amplifiers are simply poorly-made Chinese copies of designs made famous by US and UK companies, or simply ‘cookie-cutter’ circuits using generic ‘application note’ circuits. This isn't the case with Magnat's RV1.
The Unico Primo is an excellent amplifier that will tick all the boxes on any audiophile’s checklist, thanks to its high power output, low noise and distortion and, of course, most importantly, its first-rate sound quality
The aesthetic beauty of MartinLogan’selectrostatic speakers is such that they have appeared in dozens of films and TV series. Their outstanding looks and unusual design make them desirable visual fodder for art directors.
Sometimes, you can get too close to your own product. It’s the only reason I can think why Musical Fidelity would be promoting its M3i integrated amplifier with the catch-phrase: ‘high-quality, 70wpc, a bit less than half the price of the M6i.’
Size and marital squabbles aside, I can see that many audiophiles may simply baulk at spending more than $2,000 for a 60-watt per channel power amplifier that lacks something so basic as a volume control…
It seems fitting that such an extraordinarily attractive amplifier should also have an extraordinarily attractive sound, because the Emillé Labs Cha’am is one of the most musically satisfying amplifiers I have ever auditioned
The world-famous Ken Ishiwata was allocated a larger-than-usual budget to ‘soup-up’ the Marantz PM-15S2 Integrated Amplifier so he could celebrate his third decade at the company. Thanks to the additional budget, the PM-KI Pearl ‘30th Anniversary Model’ is even more turbo-charged than his famous ‘Signature’ editions.
Yamaha’s A-S700 Integrated Amplifier is uncannily similar in size, weight, appearance, power output and sound quality to the award-winning (‘Best Amplifier 2008–9’ from the European Imaging & Sound Association) Yamaha AS-1000… but it’s less than half the price. Which meant we just had to get one in for review…
We enjoy the emotional response from this midrange pair of British-branded standmounting stereo speakers.
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