SYNTHESIS A50 TAURUS AMPLIFIER REVIEW

The Synthesis A50 Integrated Amplifier with DAC costs £6199 in the UK and is now distributed by Henley Audio. It’s a behemoth of an integrated amp with plenty of inputs, a remote and an onboard DAC. Stuart Smith lifts it into place and takes a listen. More »

Musical Fidelity’s M2si and M2SCD are distributed in the UK by Henley Audio and cost £699 each. Ian Ringstead tries them out.

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The Gold Note PA-10 Power Amplifier is a stereo amplifier offering up 150W into 4Ohms, but add a second PA-10, flick a switch on the back of the amps and you have a pair of monobloc amps that give you a total of 600W into 4Ohms. Stuart Smith gives these £1300 (each) amps a whirl. More »

The KJF Audio SA-01 NCore 100W (continuous) power amplifier is a no-nonsense but good looking power amp that is made in the UK. Stuart Smith, a long time advocate of Class D power, takes a listen to this £690 power amp.

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WORLD EXLUSIVE

English Acoustics Stereo 21C is a modern take on the classic (and legendary) Leak Stereo 20. It costs just shy of £4000, is predominantly sourced and built in Great Britain and comes in a range of funky colours as well as any colour you like for a small extra charge. Janine Elliot, an owner of the original Leak Stereo 20, compares and contrasts the old with the new. More »

ModWright KWH225i Hybrid amplifier costs £8500 and is distributed in the UK by Elite Audio. Janine Elliot takes this valve/solid-state hybrid for a test drive. More »

The Synthesis Roma 98DC hails from Italy and costs a couple of notes under €5000 for a stereo pair. Janine Elliot takes a listen. More »

Hailing from Norway the Electrocompaniet ECI 6 DX MKII is an integrated amplifier and streaming solution costing £5999 (a version without streaming capabilities is available at £4999), Alan McIntosh plugs it into his system for Hifi Pig

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The Hegel H95 Amplifier is an upgrade from the company’s H90 amp but there has been no price hike from the £1500 asking price of the previous amp. Alan McIntosh takes a listen.

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Norma HS-IPA 1 is a modular (but in this case, fully loaded) integrated amplifier from Italy that includes a DAC, phono-stage, and headphone amplifier. The unit costs £3650 as tested and here Janine Elliot takes it for a whirl.

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The Clarity System from MasterSounds is an all in one loudspeaker and amplifier package costing £4,495. Paul Messenger takes a listen for Hifi Pig. More »

Distributed in the UK by Absolute Sounds and costing £2698, the Prima Luna Evo200 Integrates amplifier offers a great deal of versatility in that output tubes can be swapped out from the supplied EL34s. Janine Elliot gives it a whirl.

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American brand Krell is a name synonymous with big and powerful amplifiers. Here Janine takes their £8998 (including digital board) K-300i Integrated, distributed in the UK by Absolute Sounds, and puts it through its paces.

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The AVID HIFI INTEGRA represents this British company’s entry-level integrated amplifier, yet costs £7000. Janine Elliot takes a listen to assess if this represents a solid investment. More »

Hegel is a name that many will know well with this Norwegian company being very well established and much loved. Here Alan McIntosh tries out their H190 Amplifier with onboard DAC costing £3200 and distributed in the UK by Auden Distribution. More »

I’ve been wanting to get a hold of CAAS kit for a good while now as the company are based in Knaresborough in North Yorkshire, and being a Yorkshireman born and bred myself my interest was piqued, so when Bill at Auden Distribution in the UK got in touch and offered them for review I jumped at the chance. The pairing of preamplifier and power amps is £18 000 with the pre costing £8000 and the amps £5000 per box.

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Fresh out of Florence, Gold Note’s new Streamer/DAC aims to bring versatility and sophistication to your digital setup.  John Scott sets out to see if it succeeds in this, the first English language review of this product. More »

Stuart Smith takes a listen to the $15 000 Element 114 Class D power amplifier from Merrill Audio. More »

Audion has a long history in producing well-received valve-based amplifiers. Here Stuart Smith takes a listen to the Silver Night Anniversary 300B Parallel Single Ended monoblocs costing £5750. More »

Hifi Pig’s Millennial Scribbler Harry Smith takes a look at American brand Russound’s MBX-Amp, a one-box streamer and amplifier costing £599 in the UK. More »

The Audio Research VT80 Amplifier and LS28 Preamplifier are the entry-level products from this American icon, so will they be worth their £17,000 pricetag? Stuart Smith finds out. More »

The Mira Ceti from Fezz Audio is a 300B integrated amp using toroidal output transformers and costing £2330 in the UK. Stuart Smith plumbs it in and gives it a listen for Hifi Pig.

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Whether it is measured in pounds and ounces or pounds and pence, John Scott finds that Audio Note’s Jinro is a heavyweight champion that doesn’t pull any punches.  More »

The Eva Minuet’ is a British built integrated valve amp with onboard phono-stage and costs £3250. Janine Elliot takes it for a whirl.

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In which John Scott confronts a philosophical pachyderm, feeds it a bun, pats it gently on its trunk and sends it on its way. Or John Scott takes delivery of the Micromega M150 Integrated amp/DAC/streamer costing £5499.

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