19. January 2022 · Comments Off on Electrocompaniet ECI 80D Integrated Amplifier · Categories: Amplifiers, Hifi News, Hifi Reviews · Tags: , , , , , , ,

ELECTROCOMPANIET EC1 80D INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER REVIEW

The Electrocompaniet ECI 80D Integrated Amplifier is a £3000 amp that is well featured and looks rather splendid, Stuart Smith takes a listen. More »

HiFi Highlights 2021 – HiFi we reviewed in 2021 that got our highest award.

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28. October 2021 · Comments Off on English Acoustics 21C Power Amplifier · Categories: Amplifiers, Hifi News, Hifi Reviews · Tags: , , , , ,

ENGLISH ACOUSTICS 21C POWER AMPLIFIER

Janine Elliot already listened and wrote about the pre-production model, and Stu and Lin bought a Pink Hifi Pig edition one on the back of that review. Here’s the review of the final production model by Janine with supplementary comments by Stuart.

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07. September 2021 · Comments Off on Synthesis Roma 96DC+ Integrated Valve Amplifier · Categories: Amplifiers, D to A Converters, Hifi News, Hifi Reviews · Tags: , , , ,

SYNTHESIS ROMA 96DC+ INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER REVIEW

Synthesis is distributed in the UK by Henley Audio and here we have their £2649 Roma 96DC+ integrated valve amplifier that uses the EL34 tubes. More »

02. June 2021 · Comments Off on Struss Audio Ultimate Integrated Amplifier · Categories: Amplifiers, Hifi News, Hifi Reviews · Tags: , , , ,

STRUSS AUDIO ULTIMATE INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER REVIEW

Struss Audio is based in Warsaw, Poland, and has been in business for forty years. In this review, Janine Elliot checks out their Ultimate integrated amplifier costing £6500. More »

CLONES AUDIO 25iRX INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER REVIEW

CLONES Audio 25iRX is a small integrated line-level amplifier from Taiwan that costs less than $2000. The amp’s predecessor was a firm favourite and a real bargain of an amplifier. Will the new amp impress in the same way? More »

NAD MASTER SERIES M33 STREAMER/DAC/AMPLIFIER REVIEW

Costing one pound shy of £4000 the NAD Master Series M33 amp certainly looks to be very feature-rich. How does it perform? Dan Worth finds out for HiFi Pig. More »

COPLAND CSA 150 REVIEW

Copland CSA 150 Integrated Amplifier is distributed in the UK by Absolute sounds and costs £4988. It’s an integrated amp with an onboard DAC and a moving magnet phonostage. Stuart Smith takes it for a whirl. More »

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 EXCLUSIVE

This is a review of the pre-production version of the Engish Acoustics Stereo 21C. You can read the review of the full release version here. 

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 »