Uday said: If you buy one, I’m confident that it would be the last amp you bought for a very long while, if not the very last.
The gist: Ayre squeezes even more performance from the integrated amplifier.
Colin said: Its utilitarian looks and Spartan feature set mean that the CSD won’t be the integrated amplifier for everyone. But where it matters -- the sound -- it’s impressive. Blue Circle Audio’s CSD is certainly worthy of your consideration.
The gist: No bells and whistles, just solid sound.
Hans said: I’m confident that it could serve as the highly competent anchor of any small hi-fi system. Color me impressed. I have little doubt that Clones Audio’s creations will find -- and deserve -- many friends.
The gist: You may not recognize the name, but, for Hans, the sound of this little integrated was memorable.
Vince said: As an all-in-one system for $699, the Cocktail Audio X12 is a great value. Not only does it rip CDs, it can store music, stream tunes from your network, and play radio stations from the Internet. It even has clock and alarm functions -- you can use it as a clock radio. All you need to do is provide speakers and cables, and you have a complete system.
The gist: Best suited to small spaces and efficient speakers.
Price: $34,990 per pair
Jeff said: The Devialet Expert 1000 Pro is what you buy if you want small, classy, and cool. It’s also what you buy if you want the highest quality of sound available today, at any size or price in any style of package.
The gist: They keep changing the game.
Hans said: The Diablo 300 is a mad, inimitable masterpiece.
The gist: Super-manly integrated from a Danish giant.
Philip said: It’s packed with features, extremely well built, and has a nice, unassuming design. Most important, its superclean sound and transparency will appeal to those many music lovers who crave detail and resolution. If you’ve got the money, you can’t go wrong with the Hegel Music Systems H360.
The gist: Major update to Hegel’s outgoing H300.
Vade said: The IS250, like the other JE Audio models we’ve auditioned, sounded really splendid. It would be a great addition to many systems.
The gist: More integration than we’ve ever seen from JE Audio.