Amplifier Reviews (240 Reviews)


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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

Feb 13, 1991

Dynaco Stereo 70 Tube Amp Reviewed

It doesn't get more classic than a Dynaco Stereo 70. You could built it yourself or buy one complete but this 35 Watt per channel amp changed audio forever. Read the classic review of the reissue from one of the most important amps ever made in audio history. Continue Reading
Dynaco Stereo 70 Tube Amp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

Copland CTA 401 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Copland likes to keep things minimal. Their products are kept free of displays, or even buttons. The CTA 401 integrated amp has five big knobs to control all functions. We put the big amp to the test and for those that love true high end audio - this is a must read. Continue Reading
Copland CTA 401 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

Croft Series 3 Power Amplifier Reviewed

While they may not be the easiest products to find, Croft's amps are rock solid, and fantastically reliable. The new Series 3 amp is fairly inexpensive, weights a little over 30 pounds, and has a sizeable 50 watts per channel. Continue Reading
Croft Series 3 Power Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

Carver Silver Seven Mono Vacuum Tube Power Amplifier Reviewed

Bob Carver knows a thing or two about amp design, and the huge Silver Seven is actually two separate chassis, and 38 tubes, for each channel. It's also a good $30,000+. This is a far departure from a power amp in a coffee can and remains a historically important power amp even today. Continue Reading
Carver Silver Seven Mono Vacuum Tube Power Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

Classe DR-5 Preamp and DR-5 Power Amp Reviewed

The DR-5 is the preamp that cemented Classe's reputation as a top-echelon audio manufacturer. With adjustable gain range between 20 and 40 dB, MM and MC phono section, the DR-5 offers top-flight performance, especially in terms of dimensionality and imaging. Continue Reading
Classe DR-5 Preamp and DR-5 Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

Solen Tiger Tube/MOSFET Integrated Amp Reviewed

I have a feeling tiger blood is going to be big sometime in the future. Way in the future, like 20 plus years. The Tiger Tube amp from Solen has 50 watts for each of its channels, and is quite the winner. Read this review as it is a torpedo of truth Continue Reading
Solen Tiger Tube/MOSFET Integrated Amp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Cadence PRE2 Preamp and MA2 Power Amp Reviewed

This tube preamp has two Mullard E88CCs in the phono section, two ECC82s in the line section and two EL84 tubes in the power supply. Although the phono section is noisy, it has that tube dimensionality that LP lovers' crave. Continue Reading
Cadence PRE2 Preamp and MA2 Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Valfet Audio Power Amplifier Reviewed

The Audio Power Amp from Valfet doesn't look like any other amp on the market. It's a massive black cube with tubes inside, rated at 75-watts in Class A mode, or 200-watts into Class B. Read a rare review of this classic power amp. Continue Reading
Valfet Audio Power Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Radford MA50 Renaissance Class-A Power Amp Reviewed

Unlike the more ostentatious designs from other companies, the MA 50 Renaissance goes about its Class-A business in a simple cabinet. Like all Class A amps, it runs hot, a sign of the all-on, all-the-time performance under the hood. Continue Reading
Radford MA50 Renaissance Class-A Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Beard Audio BB100 Tube Power Amp

Sporting 18 tubes sprouting from its metal chassis like stalagmites, the BB100 amp from Beard Audio has a big (for a tube amp) 50-watts per channel. It's a full dual-mono design, and take it for an extended evaluation. Continue Reading
Beard Audio BB100 Tube Power Amp

Feb 13, 1989

Counterpoint SA-12 Power Amp Reviewed

"Budget" audiophile products are often met with caution, and justifiably so, but the SA-12 amp from Counterpoint needs no such caution. It's a 100-watt tube/solid state hybrid amp, and it's a doozy. Counterpoint was even once featured on The Price is Right before going out of business. Continue Reading
Counterpoint SA-12 Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Air Tight ATC-1 Preamp and ATM-1 Power Amp Reviewed

The ATC-1 was Airtight's first preamp introduced to the US and UK markets. With one of the most gloriously lush and musical presentations this side of Jadis, the ATC-1 delivers that tube sound without the tube noise. Continue Reading
Air Tight ATC-1 Preamp and ATM-1 Power Amp Reviewed

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