Amplifier Reviews (253 Reviews)


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Feb 14, 1994

Esoteric Audio Research 834P Tube Amp Reviewed

You don't need a big box to make big sounds, as EAR shows with their new 834P tube amp. It's tiny box doesn't put out a ton of power, but it is an inexpensive way to get into the wonderful world of tube amps. Continue Reading
Esoteric Audio Research 834P Tube Amp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1994

Graaf GM 200 Amplifier Reviewed

Give it to GRAAF to out an amp as crazy as this. Huge transformers, dozens of tubes, it's a menacing presence. It's also got huge power, with 200-watts into 4 ohms. But how does it sound? Ken Kessler looks into the topic. Continue Reading
Graaf GM 200 Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

McIntosh MC 275 Power Amp Reviewed

McIntosh has -- with the Gordon J. Gow Commemorative MC275 Power Amplifier -- performed an act of such aptness, such correctness that it brings a tear to this anachrophile's eye. Continue Reading
McIntosh MC 275 Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Marantz PM54 SE Integrated Amplifier

Few names in audio have as much history and garner such respect as Marantz. Their new PM54 SE integrated amp has 70-watts per channel, a host of inputs, and a reasonable price tag. We test it. Continue Reading
Marantz PM54 SE Integrated Amplifier

Feb 14, 1993

Classe Thirty Preamp and the Seventy Power Amp Reviewed

Classe's entry-level preamp and power amp deliver plenty of sonic panache as well as balanced connections, a dedicated remote control, and impeccable styling. While not quite as transparent as Classe's flagship models, these two units still capture all their musicality. Continue Reading
Classe Thirty Preamp and the Seventy Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Audio Note Gaku-On Monoblock Power Amplifiers Reviewed

Tired of buying houses? Bored with your three yachts? Privet jet just not doing it for you? Then check out the Gaku-On monoblock amp from Audio Note, which slides in just over $200,000. Each. One of the most famous amps ever in audiophile history. Continue Reading
Audio Note Gaku-On Monoblock Power Amplifiers Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Cello Audio Palette, Performance II Amps, Cello Stradivari Grandmaster Speakers Reviewed

Instant classics well before their maker closed his doors, this Cello system is the epitome of what Mark Levinson made. Pristine, exclusive, and rare, the Cello Continue Reading
Cello Audio Palette, Performance II Amps, Cello Stradivari Grandmaster Speakers Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Copland CSA14 integrated amplifier Reviewed

Let's face it, knobs are cool. Sure digital displays are all the rage, but how about some old school twisty knobs? The CSA14 integrated amp has a bunch. It's also got power and price to make it a contender. Continue Reading
Copland CSA14 integrated amplifier Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Unison Research Power Amp Reviewed

With incredible looks and ridiculous value, the Unison Research Power Amp is a stunner in all facets. It's got 12-watts per channel, a Class A design, and oh, by the way, did I mention it's gorgeous and affordable? Continue Reading
Unison Research Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Musical Fidelity F-Series Power Amps Reviewed

The F-Series from Musical Fidelity are a bunch of beasts. There's a 100-watt Class A amp, a "mostly Class A" 220 Watt amp, and an all-tube preamp. Stunners in performance and looks. We test em. Continue Reading
Musical Fidelity F-Series Power Amps Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Metaxas Opulence Preamp and Soliloquy Power Amps Reviewed

Australian audiophile institution Kostas Metaxas makes elegant electronics that try to push the limits. The Opulence and Soliloquy combination has more finesse than his previous designs. These aptly named pieces deliver sumptuous sound for reasonable money. Continue Reading
Metaxas Opulence Preamp and Soliloquy Power Amps Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Counterpoint Natural Progression Monaural Power Amp Reviewed

The Natural Progression from Counterpoint has an austere design that belies the power hidden underneath. It's a whopping 75lbs, a big chunk of which is the 2000VA transformer. We give it a full test. Continue Reading
Counterpoint Natural Progression Monaural Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Metaxas Solitaire Power Amp and Marquise Preamp Reviewed

The Metaxas Marquise is a two-box preamp that is completely dual mono. Placement is critical to get the best from the Marquise. It needs to be well away from any mains power supplies and your cable choices will have a big influence on the quality of the overall sound. Continue Reading
Metaxas Solitaire Power Amp and Marquise Preamp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Sinfonia Preamp and Amp Reviewed

Made by Musical Fidelity exclusively for the Korean hi-fi community, the Sinfonia Preamp is a purist product designed to deliver maximum fidelity and minimum frills. With elegant looks and a surprisingly low price, too bad you'll never see it outside of Korea. Continue Reading
Sinfonia Preamp and Amp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Gryphon DM100 Dual Mono Amplifier Reviewed

When "big" amps aren't enough, there's the DM100 dual mono from Gryphon. It's 168 pounds of 100-watt Class A amazingness. It's bigger than some coffee tables, and it will blow you away (in a good way, of course). Continue Reading
Gryphon DM100 Dual Mono Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Adcom GFP 555 II Preamp and GFA 545 II Power Amp Reviewed

One of the all-time audiophile classics. The Adcom GFA-545 (GFA stood for GREAT F****G Amp) designed by the legendary Nelson Pass (First Watt and Pass Labs) this was the best bargain audio in the world at the time. Read the classic review. Continue Reading
Adcom GFP 555 II Preamp and GFA 545 II Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Sonic Frontiers SFS-50 Tube Power Amp Reviewed

The SFS-50 from Sonic Frontiers has a beautiful metal-on-metal aesthetic, and with 50-watts of Class A tube power it has the oomph to back up its looks. If you want to save some money back in the day, you can even build it yourself. Continue Reading
Sonic Frontiers SFS-50 Tube Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Einstein Power Amp Review

What would you expect when you think about a company called Einstein? A certain level of cleverness perhaps? Maybe not a tube amp company based in Germany. Check out their 60 watt per channel debut product. Continue Reading
Einstein Power Amp Review

Feb 13, 1991

Counterpoint SA-1000 Preamp and SA-100 Amp Reviewed

Counterpoint was a California-based audio manufacturer who specialized in tube gear. The SA-1000 was their entry-level preamp. It has a pair of 12AX7 and a single 6dJ8 for tubes, solid-state regulation, and a MOSFET line stage buffer. Continue Reading
Counterpoint SA-1000 Preamp and SA-100 Amp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Lecson Quattra Integrated Amp Reviewed

The name Lecson may not instill confidence in the minds of potential consumers. In its previous incarnation, it wasn't exactly the most reliable of products. But the relaunch has brought us the amazing Quattra. Continue Reading
Lecson Quattra Integrated Amp Reviewed

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